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. This apprenticeship is for people without a degree.
FT assistant editor and head of newsroom diversity Veronica Kan-Dapaah said: “At the FT we are making good progress in our efforts to become a more diverse organisation and promote inclusion, but there is always more work to be done. 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.”
Manchester Evening News editor Sarah Lester said: “We have brought trusted news to Manchester for more than 150 years and now our digital-first operation has meant we reach more people than at any time in our history. We have a hugely experienced content desk with a track record of developing trainees and supporting them to become highly-skilled journalists. We are delighted to be working with the FT on this exciting project.”
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. They will receive a £21,749 p/a pro rata salary, paid for study towards the NCTJ level 5 qualification through the apprenticeship scheme, accommodation in London, 30 days annual leave, a dedicated FT mentor throughout the programme and access to FT Employee Networks.
The Financial Times and the M.E.N. say they are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all: “We are equal opportunity employers, seeking to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion or beliefs.”
Full details about the scheme and how to apply are available here.
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