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 Digital Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme. This is a scheme aimed at non-graduates. But you need to have at least 5 GCSEs with Maths and English at a C or above (or equivalent).

An amazing 22 month apprenticeship to train to be a Digital Journalist with the BBC - with a diploma in journalism accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) at the end of it. You’ll learn how to create great content and programmes for TV, Radio, Digital, Online and social media and work on the latest pilots in digital mobile journalism. You'll train and work with BBC editors and staff and write, record, create and reach out to the BBC audience.

They have placements with their sports teams in Salford, the London newsroom and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They also have positions in local radio newsrooms across England. They are in Bradford, West Yorkshire; Wolverhampton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Leicester, Portsmouth, Taunton, Northampton, Bristol and Cambridge.



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

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

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. 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, Customer Service, Media & 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 Apprenticeships

virginmediaVirgin Media offers TV, mobile, data and broadband. They offer a number of apprenticeship schemes and are currently in the process of scoping out new apprenticeships in Telesales, Analyst, Marketing and Business Engineering disciplines. Currently roles are offered  across Engineering, Field Operations, and Planning.

They’ve been praised as a top employer by the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service.



Publishing: Cambridge University Press

cambridge university pressCambridge University Press dates from 1534 and is part of the University of Cambridge. Their publishing covers virtually every educational subject seriously studied in the English-speaking world – with professional books, textbooks, monographs, reference works, English language teaching publications, software and electronic publishing.

They offer a range of apprenticeships in Communications, Customer Services, HR, Marketing, Project Management, Sales and more. In joining, you will broaden your skills whilst gaining first-hand experience of the publishing industry. You'll be working alongside colleagues and a recognised training provider, and will get the time and support you need to unlock your full potential. You will earn while you learn, and be part of a wider cohort of apprentices, benefiting from training opportunities together.

The apprenticeship will typically take between 12–18 months, depending on the apprenticeship and level. Most roles would require candidates to be educated to A Level or equivalent. Their offices are in Cambridge. 

Qualifications gained

 Business Administrator Level 3 standard and Publishing Assistant apprenticeships (Level 3) are available. 

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