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Training course celebrates 100pc pass rate

Trainee reporters at the Press Association’s training centre in Newcastle are celebrating a 100pc success rate in their end-of-year exams.

All 13 students on the course passed their NCTJ exams with 37 A grades between them.

It is the first time since the course starrted up that a whole group has passed every exam.

Paul Jones, the Press Association’s head of foundation course Training described it as a “tremendous achievement.”

Said Paul:  “We have had excellent results in the past but this is remarkable. It is a testament to the hard work of delegates and to the expertise of the training team.’’

NCTJ Chief Executive Joanne Butcher said: “Congratulations to the students graduating from the Press Association course in Newcastle.

“This is a very rare set of results with everyone on the course achieving A-C grade `gold standard’ passes and 100wpm shorthand speeds.

“Well done to team which has worked so hard to help students achieve fantastic results.’’

The Press Association runs two courses each year at its Newcastle and London offices.