Apprenticeships - Media

Going to university and pursuing a degree is not the only option available to bright students. With the significant cost of a degree combined with its potential devaluation, you may want at least to consider your options. There are a number of firms offering very attractive School Leaver Programmes. These are well paid and you may find run parallel to many graduate schemes. They have the attraction of being less competitive at A level entry, therefore gaining you entry into an organisation that you may struggle to secure as a graduate, when the competition is fiercer. You will also be debt free. These schemes are becoming increasingly popular with employers. 






Schemes include:

Media BBC Radio Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme

bbcThe BBC Radio Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start a career in speech radio. The BBC Radio Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme combines training and study at Lambeth College in London with work placements in the radio production teams and will train you in every aspect of radio journalism, from how to create accurate, clear, and balanced reports, to how to write for radio, the web, and social media.

The apprenticeship and work placements will be for 2 years. This experience will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to gain an Advanced Apprenticeship in Journalism (Level 3) and an NCTJ diploma in BBC Radio Production. By the end of the 2 years you will be in a good position to compete for jobs at Assistant Producer level in BBC Radio Production.

If you have a passion for speech radio and listen to Radio 4 and World Service programmes like Woman’s Hour and Outlook, if you have a genuine interest in how such programmes are put together and what makes them tick,  then this is an opportunity for you.

You will need to complete a long and complex application form which provides  number of scenario questions. 

Media ITV Apprenticeships

itvnewITV Apprenticeship programmes last for 12 months or longer, depending on the qualification, and have lots to offer, including:

  • A competitive apprenticeship salary
  • A nationally-recognised qualification in Business & Administration, Creative & Digital Media, Customer Services, Social Media Digital Marketing
  • Valuable hands-on experience working alongside industry experts 
  • Guidance and career support every step of the way. 

Who can apply?

ITV Apprenticeships are a great way to continue your education but within a workplace environment, perfect for school or college leavers.  You do not need to have loads of working experience, or none at all.   

You can apply if you:

  • DO NOT have a degree, a level 4 qualification or have already completed a similar apprenticeship
  • Have lived in the European Economic Area for 3 years consecutively
  • Are genuinely interested in learning about what ITV do and the role you’re applying for. 

Media: BBC Apprenticeships

The BBC offer a wide range of Apprenticeship and trainee programmes. Opportunities exist within Production, Journalism, Business support and Technology. These include:

Local Apprenticeships -working as apprenticebroadcast or content assistants in local radio stations. 

Production Apprenticeships - If you love writing, have a passion for the media and enjoy coming up with programme ideas then this is a great opportunity for you. As part of a year-long programme you’ll work on a range of productions with the BBC, while studying towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media.

Production Trainee Scheme - If you gain a place on the Production Trainee Scheme you will be given a 12 month contract, and during that time, train and develop a career in the media. You will be sent on three different work placements across the UK, in Radio and Television. You'll be mentored by a senior BBC Manager, and by the end of the scheme you'll have the skills to turn creative ideas into brilliant programmes.

Journalsim Trainee Scheme. The BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme offers a year’s paid work as a trainee in one of their UK newsrooms - across online, radio and TV

Business Management Higher Apprenticeship  - This sponsored programme incorporating a Pearson College BA Honours degree in Business Management is for two years at the BBC. In terms of academic qualifications, you're likely to have five GCSEs Grade A* - C and studied A Levels or a vocational qualification such as a BTEC. As part of the two year programme, you’ll complete three work placements at the BBC, whilst also studying towards your degree.

Broadcast Operator - Working alongside journalists and progamme makers are a dedicated team of Broadcast Operators who make sure the operational, craft and technical side of the business runs smoothly. This Apprenticeship is an entry level opportunity to join the BBC in towns and cities right across the country. Around 50% of the job is spent learning how to technically prepare, plan and facilitate Outside Broadcasts, newsgathering operations, programme distribution, audio and video broadcasting. You’ll also learn about supporting local IT/Production systems and broadcast studio environments. On successfully completing your apprenticeship, the BBC will look to recruit you into Broadcast Operator/ Junior Broadcast Operator roles ideally in the area of the country where you have completed your apprenticeship. On offer is a 22 month paid sponsored diploma that is a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Digital Technology Systems and Infrastructure (You will learn about Networking and Internet Protocol Technologies) You will undertake condensed weeks at a College, in addition to some BBC in-house training as well as working at your local BBC station.


Media: Channel 4 Apprenticeships

c4Channel 4 apprenticeship invites you to work in one of their departments for 12 months. You will learn how everything works, what everyone does, and how it all fits into the bigger picture of Channel 4. And you work towards an NVQ Level 1, 2 or 3 at the same time. On top of that, they pay you £16,000. Over the year, you get stuck into different long-term projects that count towards your NVQ. The projects you work on will depend on what department you’re in – but wherever you are, you get to experience what it’s like working in a forward-thinking, fast-paced media company.

Apprenticeships could be available in Information Systems, Finance, AT&I, Sales, Press, Music Services, Marketing and Online. They also run apprenticeships with production companies and other media partners they work with – so, you could be out working at BOX TV, SB.TV or IMG Sports Media.

They are looking for people who are mad about the media and ready to develop their skills on the job. You don’t need special qualifications, and you don’t need a degree.

Media: Haymarket Apprentices

haymarketHaymarket is a specialist global media company. They have 70 different leading brands, produce specialist content, producing over 100 medical education programmes and have a team of photographers who cover global motorsports. They offer a number of apprenticeships across customer support, digital design, web developemnt, web design, online content and digital development as well as working on FourFour Two as a football journalist!! 

The positions  based in their studio in Tedington. they also have offices in London. 

Media: ITV News Traineeships

itvnewITV News Traineeships is a 9 month programme. Positions exist around the Uk. You need to be over 18 to apply. On this scheme you will be based in one of ITVs newsrooms and will benefit from working alongside experienced and talented multi-platform journalists who will teach you the basics of TV and online journalism. This will be combined with classroom based learning to ensure that you are equipped with the core skills to build a career in broadcast news. You’ll receive a salary and five weeks annual leave pro-rata’d during the scheme. A very high percentage of those who graduate from the programme have gone on to secure permanent jobs with both ITV News and ITV more widely, although there are no guarantees of continued employment beyond the 9 months.

Are you eligible to apply?

If you’re talented, enthusiastic and can show you’re committed to a career in journalism then this is for you. They are  particularly interested in people who have committed themselves to a career in journalism, either through their writing, work experience, academic choices or their career so far.

Media: Nomura MultiMedia Apprenticeships

Nomura offers a multimedia Apprenticeship. 

The role will provide the candidate with a solid background in creating, operating and servicing Audio Visual technologies for the corporate environment in line with the InfoComm AV Certified Technologies Specialist (CTS) accreditation. The role will also expose the candidate to industry standard Video Conferencing solutions, with an overview of Broadcast Hardware and Film Editing Software.


Media: Sky Apprenticeships

skyThe Sky Apprenticeship Programmes are available in Business Administration, Customer Service, Craetive & Digital Media, Marketing and Technology. They are 12 months in length, with the Technology placment being 12-24 months. You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs to qualify and for the Business Administration and Technology apprenticeships you need A Levels. They all result in a further qualification. 

Sky have a core set of behaviours that they value and will looking for them throughout the interviews process. Thry are: 


  • Clear Direction
  • Change & Improvement
  • Feedback & Development
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Empowerment
  • Do the right thing

Application Process

Stage 1 – Online application. 
To make a great first impression, take your time completing this and don’t rush it.  Research Sky, their products and how they use technology. 

Stage 2 – Online tests (only applies to the cuctomer service programme)

Stage 3 - Telephone interview
. This will be a short telephone interview.

Stage 4 – Assessment day. 
The assessment day is the final stage of the process.  Here you will take on a practical exercise, interview and a group exercise.  Finally, you’ll get a tour of Sky offices and studios and get to see Sky behind the scenes.


Learn more about Sky's assessment process and online tests HERE.

Media: Virgin Media Data & Headend Apprenticeships

virginmediaVirgin Media offers TV, mobile, data and broadband. They offer Level 4 - Data Apprenticeship & Headend Apprenticeship (2 different apprenticeships). 

  • You will study toward a recognised qualification at HNC level on a 2 year apprenticeship.
  • There is also an opportunity to gain further accreditation in Cisco and other advanced technologies.
  • The starting salary is c£17,500 p.a.
  • A first year increment is on offer with satisfactory progress on the scheme to c£21,000 p.a.
  • On completion of the scheme there is the opportunity to join the established engineering team or continue to study at Level 5 toward HND qualification.

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