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Journalism trainers to host seminar on new apprenticeship levy

RozA journalism training centre will host a seminar on how media companies can benefit from a new apprenticeship levy being introduced by the government.

UCFB will hold the event later this month to help employers find out more about the levy, which will mean all businesses with a wage bill in excess of £3m have to contribute 0.5pc of this sum to fund apprenticeship training.

Companies can then invest this allowance into recruiting and training apprentices.

UCFB, the world’s first higher education institution catering for the football, sport and events industries, offers training at Wembley stadium and Manchester.

The institution launched its NCTJ junior journalist apprenticeship at a seminar at Wembley Stadium in May, and has already received interest from newspaper publishers about the scheme.

Roz McKenzie, pictured above left, NCTJ course leader at UCFB Wembley, said: “This is an exciting time for apprenticeships at UCFB. We’ve got Sky sending apprentices in September, and there was a lot of interest from newspaper publishers at the Wembley seminar.

“The message is that they want to recruit trainees, they want to increase diversity in the newsroom and they want young journalists who are NCTJ-trained with multi-media disciplines – and shorthand.”

Employers interested in attending the free seminar at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on 20 June should contact Laura Davies at