Seven apprentice journalists are set to be recruited as part of a new scheme being launched by a regional publisher.
Johnston Press is set to offer the 18-month paid apprenticeships which will see successful candidates work in newsrooms four days each week, with a fifth day spent at college.
Four of the positions will be based in Sussex, while three will work on JP titles in Yorkshire.
Applicants must be at least 18-years-old, have 5 A*-C GCSEs or the equivalent qualifications including English and Maths.
The company says they will ideally also have two A levels or a Btec equivalent.
Those based in Sussex will spend one day a week training at Portsmouth’s Highbury College, while those in Yorkshire will train at Sheffield.
Jeremy Clifford, editor-in-chief at Johnston Press, said: “We are pleased we have been able to work with training colleges to offer opportunities to some young, talented people, hungry to start their working careers in journalism.
“We will be looking to recruit the best candidates who understand their communities and want to learn the skills of journalism and progress their careers with us. We have a proud track record in delivering the best training for our journalists.”
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The scheme is open to young people aged 14 to 18, and allows them to get articles published while they build up a portfolio of work.
Schools across Sussex are now being invited to put their pupils forward.
Newsquest’s Diana Jarvis, who started the scheme in 2008, said: “I had no idea when I approached the editor, how successful it would be.
“Over the years, it has gone from strength to strength and students who started the scheme with me nine years ago have gone on to become professional journalists.
“Schools worry that there will be a lot of extra work but that is not the case. Once the student names are given to Newsquest, we take over and they report directly to me.”