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ITN launches academy apprenticeship scheme

ITN launches academy apprenticeship scheme
David Wood
08 October 2014

ITN has launched a new paid apprenticeship scheme which will see eight apprentices receive training in all aspects at working at the newscaster during an 18-month programme.

Successful applicants to the ITN Academy Digital Media Apprenticeship scheme will participate in all aspects of ITN operations from studios to journalism and editing in the field before going on to choose an area of specialism.

The first intake of eight apprentices will start in early in 2015. On completion they will be awarded an Advanced Apprenticeship in Digital Media.

The apprentices will spend the first six months of the scheme getting exposure to all aspects of ITN operations from studios to journalism to editing in the field.

This will be across ITV News, Channel 4 News, 5 News, ITN Productions, and our technology function.

At the end of this six month exposure period, they will specialise in one of the following four areas: Studios, Technical Newsgathering, IT and Communications, or Journalism.

This stage will be eight months, again across many of ITN's services.

ITN said it is targeting entry-level workers aged 18 and over who are not university graduates, and it is likely that ITN will be their first experience of a professional environment.

Apprentices will receive formal training one day per week at Ravensbourne College, in partnership with the not-for-profit organisation Creative Process, covering both the technical aspects of media as well as workplace behaviour and expectations.

ITN is actively seeking candidates from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds as part of a wider ambition to ensure that we attract the skills, talent and voices to reflect modern British society.

ITN chief executive John Hardie said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for those starting out in their careers to learn through experience, with ongoing guidance and support, in a passionate, hard-working, team environment. This is also our chance to perhaps find the next rising stars of ITN.”

The scheme is now open for applications today with its first recruits to begin in the New Year.‚Ä®

More information can be found at ITN’s Facebook page and on YouTube.

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