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Iliffe Media, publisher of the Bishop's Stortford Independent and Cambridge Independent, looking to recruit journalism apprentices



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

The publisher of the Bishop's Stortford Independent, its sister paper the Cambridge Independent and more than 30 other titles is searching for its latest editorial apprentices.

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.

Iliffe Media is keen to hear from candidates from all backgrounds to ensure its newsrooms reflect the diverse communities they serve.

The job will combine real-life newsroom experience, working on both print and digital platforms, with remote learning at a leading journalism college.

Iliffe Media Publishing apprentice Maddy Baillie who is now a trainee at the Rutland & Stamford Mercury
Iliffe Media Publishing apprentice Maddy Baillie who is now a trainee at the Rutland & Stamford Mercury

Successful candidates 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 apprentices will be based in whichever of the company's offices is closest to their home, but will have the flexibility to work in other offices across the group.

Iliffe Media apprentices have gone on to have fantastic careers in the industry. Some have remained with the company and now work in senior managerial positions, others have joined the likes of the BBC and ITV.

Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in news and current affairs, the confidence to talk to people from all walks of life and strong grammatical skills.

The business will be choosing its apprentices at an assessment centre in August. If you wish to apply, email a CV and covering letter to kerry.coupe@iliffepublishing.co.uk by the closing date of Friday July 22.



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