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Apprentice journalist opportunity at our newspapers




Do you want to break into the journalism industry without the time and expense of a university course? If so, our new apprentice scheme could be the break you are looking for.

Iliffe Media, publisher of the Lincolnshire Free Press, Spalding Guardian, Grantham Journal, Newark Advertiser, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times and Bourne Local, is searching for its first editorial apprentice.

It is a fantastic way to get a foot into the door of a highly competitive industry and take the first steps on a fascinating and rewarding career.

Iliffe logo (13582196)
Iliffe logo (13582196)

Guardian and Free Press editor Jeremy Ransome said: “This is a wonderful for someone to start their career.

“We are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic, keen to learn and with a good nose for local news.”

The scheme is suitable for either school leavers or students who have studied an unrelated course. Students who have already undertaken a journalism course are not eligible.

Editor Jeremy Ransome (13602456)
Editor Jeremy Ransome (13602456)

The job will combine real-life newsroom experience with classroom-based learning. The successful candidate will receive a salary while also having their training course fully funded.

The apprenticeship lasts for 18 months, after which you may be offered a full-time position as a trainee reporter.

The apprentice will be based in whichever of our offices is closest to their home, but you will also have the opportunity to work in other offices across the group.

This is the first time we have launched an apprenticeship scheme in this region, but it has proven to be a huge success elsewhere in the company.

In Kent, where we have run a scheme for five years, our first editorial apprentice has progressed to become news editor of one of our biggest titles.

Our second apprentice is now a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC at the age of just 22.

  • Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following characteristics:
  • A keen interest in news and current affairs
  • The confidence to talk to people from all walks of life
  • Strong grammatical skills

We will be choosing our apprentice at an assessment centre in our Stamford office on Monday, August 5.

If you wish to apply, please email a CV and covering letter to jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday, July 26.



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