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Iliffe Media is searching for its first editorial apprentice


By Sharon Hodkin


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 Grantham Journal, Newark Advertiser, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Lincs Free Press, 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.

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.

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

The apprenticeship lasts for two years, 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 Sharon Hodkin, Newark Advertiser, Unit 10 Halifax Court, Fernwood Business Park, Fernwood, NG24 3JP.

The closing date for applications is Friday, July 26.

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