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FT and MEN open newsroom apprenticeship scheme

The Financial Times Newsroom Apprentice programme has opened, in partnership with the Manchester Evening News.

The 18 month programme is in its second year and is aimed at giving those from minority ethnic backgrounds and disadvantaged socio-economic groups a head start in their journalism career. 

Applications from those living in the Greater Manchester area “are particularly welcome.”

The successful candidate will receive funding to study for an NCTJ journalism qualification while working at the Manchester Evening News and the FT. They will receive a £23,933 pro rata salary, paid for study towards the NCTJ level 5 qualification through the apprenticeship scheme, 30 days annual leave, a dedicated FT mentor throughout the programme and access to FT Employee Networks.

“We’re thrilled to open applications for this year’s Newsroom Apprentice programme and continue championing diversity and inclusion at the FT. Our ongoing partnership with the M.E.N has enabled the successful delivery of the programme in its first year and we look forward to helping the next successful candidate thrive in their journalism career,” said FT Assistant Editor and Head of Newsroom Diversity, Veronica Kan-Dapaah.

Manchester Evening News Editor Sarah Lester added: 

“We have brought trusted news to Manchester for more than 150 years through our print and now our digital-first operation. We have a hugely experienced content desk with a track record of developing trainees and supporting them to become highly-skilled journalists. We are delighted with the progress of our first trainee and looking forward to working with the FT to find and develop our next candidate.”

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