A new bursary scheme is being set up by the London Evening Standard.
Managing Editor Doug Wills announced The Editorial Diversity Bursary Scheme at the Society of Editors annual conference. Four Editorial apprenticeships are to be created that will lead to a diploma in journalism.
Apprentices will be given a two-year contract which will include a fast track NCTJ course, in partnership with the UCFB at Wembley Stadium.
They will complete their training at the Evening Standard and the Independent, where they will be embedded into the Editorial operation.
Applicants cannot already hold degree level qualifications or an Advanced Apprenticeship.
The apprenticeships are supported by organisations outside the media industry. Partners include social housing provider, The Peabody Foundation; The Stationers and Newspapermakers Livery Company; the Journalism Diversity Fund, and Goldman-Sachs.
The aim of the scheme is to give young people from the widest ethnic and social backgrounds a chance to work in the media.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan welcomed the move: “I commend the Evening Standard and Independent’s commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and I encourage businesses and organisations across London to support this new scheme as much as possible,” he said.
Candidates must have a GCSE in maths and English at a C or above as well as basic PC skills.
The apprenticeship scheme begins in January 2017.
By Emmi Bowles – University of Central Lancashire