A budding teenage journalist will gain on-the-job training from a regional publisher after being picked for a new apprentice scheme.
Hayley Anderson, 19, has joined Archant London’s editorial team based in Ilford as an apprentice journalist, rather than going to university after leaving school.
She will receive on-the-job training from the publisher while attending specialised courses in journalism, media law and ethics at Lambeth College for one day a week.
The apprenticeship is run in partnership with the National Council for the Training of Journalists, with government backing, and other newspaper groups are also running similar schemes.
Malcolm Starbrook, editor-in-chief at Archant London, said: “The NCTJ is to be congratulated. It has created this scheme which will allow those with the fire in the belly for journalism, the chance to fulfil their dreams without having to go to university first.
“I believe our scheme will provide a fantastic opportunity for an individual to kick-start a career in regional newspapers, but it will also allow editors to recruit local people and ensure they reflect the social and ethnic mix of the communities we serve.”
Hayley will train for two years on the Essex and east London titles, working across the print and digital operations, and will also gain experience on the company’s London24 website.
She said: “I initially applied for this apprenticeship because I always knew that I wanted to be a journalist and this felt like such an amazing opportunity and a real first step into my dream job.
“At the same time I was accepted into university but when I heard that I got offered a place here, there wasn’t really any way that I could turn it down.
“I think that the apprenticeship can offer me more than university, because it lets me learn everything I need to know without all the extra hassle of writing pointless essays and getting myself into loads of debt.”