Financial Times and Manchester Evening News join forces to create exciting journalism apprenticeship

The journalism apprenticeship scheme aims to help young people from minority ethnic backgrounds and disadvantaged socio-economic groups 

The Financial Times (FT) has launched a journalism apprenticeship that will allow one budding journalist to qualify without a degree. 

With a particular interest in applicants living in the Greater Manchester area and those from minority ethnic backgrounds and disadvantaged socio-economic groups, the scheme aims to help young people start a career in journalism. As a result, it is designed for applicants who do not currently hold a degree. 

You’re assured of a jam-packed and exciting route into the industry, with several months spent studying and working in different environments.   

The successful candidate for the 18-month programme will receive funding to study for an NCTJ journalism qualification while working at the Manchester Evening News and the FT.  

The apprenticeship will begin with four months of study in London for the level 5 journalist qualification, with one day a week in the FT newsroom.  

This will be followed by seven months of training as a reporter in Manchester with the Manchester Evening News. 

After this, another return to London is planned, with four months of training in an FT specialist publication, such as Investors Chronicle 

Finally, the apprenticeship includes a further three months working alongside FT journalists in the field and newsroom. 

FT assistant editor and head of newsroom diversity Veronica Kan-Dapaah spoke about the apprenticeship.  

She said: “This programme will provide an excellent foundation for an aspiring journalist, and as a thriving and diverse city with a rich cultural history, Manchester will provide unique challenges and opportunities for a trainee journalist. We appreciate the support of the Manchester Evening News, which has a history of producing outstanding reporters.”  

Accommodation is provided as necessary in London/Manchester with a competitive apprentice salary of £21,749. 

The Financial Times apprenticeship scheme is now open, but be quick as applications close on 17 June. 

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