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Publisher’s first five apprentices win full-time contracts

Lauren Meredith 2023Five journalism apprentices recruited by an independent publisher have been given full-time roles after their contracts ended.

Tindle Newspapers has announced it has awarded permanent contracts to Lauren Meredith, Joe Corrick, Ethan Heppell, Liam Davies and Scarlett Hills-Brooks following a two-year programme.

The five were the first-ever apprentice journalists to be taken on by Tindle.

Lauren and Joe have worked at the company’s titles in Wales, while Ethan, Liam and Joe have been based in Devon and Cornwall.

Lauren, pictured, said: “Transitioning straight from sixth form where I did my A-levels into a level five apprenticeship, I was concerned how difficult I would find it but I feel I slotted straight into the role and also thoroughly enjoyed the learning side of it.

“I have recently realised how valuable this apprenticeship is after talking to colleagues about how they struggled getting into the industry and I feel extremely lucky to have come into a career in journalism at age 18.

“I have loved every part of the past two years but now I am looking forward to focusing solely on my role as a reporter for the Abergavenny Chronicle and continuing to learn on the job.”

Tindle group editorial director Emily Woolfe added: “We have been delighted to see the impact made by all five apprentices, who have been pioneers in completing our apprenticeship programme making it a great entry route into journalism.

“All five colleagues have made a positive contribution to our newsrooms while delivering the compelling local content which is trusted by local communities.

“They have also contributed to the growth of our digital audience as Tindle reaches more people than ever across our websites and social media.”