Welcome to the ITV News Traineeship recruitment for 2019-20
ITV News, the most commercially successful news service in the UK, is offering you the opportunity to join our national and regional news teams. As a trainee journalist you will be working at the heart of our news operation learning all the skills you need to work in one of our multi-media newsrooms. It’s a big challenge that will demand the very best of you. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to journalism, have loads of great story ideas and be ambitious.
Our trainees go on to secure roles covering regional, national and international news. The majority stay with us and forge a successful career within ITV, Britain’s most popular commercial broadcaster. You will be learning from talented people who want to share their skills and experience with you. It’s a fast-paced and challenging environment so you should be ready to work hard and to high standards. You will be well supported with regular feedback and guidance.
This is a nine-month programme starting on Monday 30th September 2019 and we are looking for 12 talented journalists, seven of whom will work in one of our English Regional newsrooms in ITV Anglia (Norwich); ITV Central (Birmingham); ITV Granada (Media City, Salford); ITV Meridian (Nr Southampton); ITV Tyne Tees & Border (Gateshead, nr Newcastle); ITV West Country (Bristol); or ITV Yorkshire (Leeds). Two trainees will be based in our national newsrooms; one for ITV Cymru Wales in Cardiff and the other for UTV in Belfast. Two trainees will be working in our Network newsroom based in London, plus we have an opportunity for one trainee to be based on Jersey at ITV Channel (St Helier).
You’ll receive a salary of £23,585 pa for all roles outside of London (£26,660 in London) and five weeks annual leave pro-rata’d during the scheme. A very high percentage of those who graduate from the programme have gone on to secure permanent jobs with both ITV News and ITV more widely, although there are no guarantees of continued employment beyond the 9 months.
Am I eligible to apply?
We’re particularly interested in talented and enthusiastic people who have committed themselves to a career in journalism, either through their writing, work experience, academic choices or their career so far. If you’re looking to change your career and you can demonstrate an interest in Journalism in the past, your application will be welcome. You will need to provide evidence of having a GCSE in English Language or equivalent (Grade B or above), as well as being able to evidence your genuine interest in News output.
You will need to be over the age of 18 by 1 October 2019. Our development programme involves attending short periods of training in other parts of the country so you must be prepared to travel (ITV will provide accommodation and travel costs). You need to be based in the UK or Channel Islands and have the right to work here, as ITV News does not sponsor work permits for its traineeship schemes.
Applications can only be made for this scheme online. However, ITV is an inclusive employer and if you require this information in an alternative format as part of your reasonable adjustment needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. NB This address should only be used for this purpose and no general queries or personal information should be sent to this inbox.
The scheme goes live on Monday 11th February. Click here to access the online application form.
ITV is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and we strongly encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds and as a Disability Confident employer we are committed to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.
"ITV, where creativity, diversity and collaboration put us right at the heart of popular culture."
If shortlisted, you will be invited to a one-day assessment centre at ITV’s London office on either Tuesday 9th or Wednesday 10th April 2019. Please note that ITV News is not able to accommodate additional interview and assessment dates.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 3 March 2019.
The Class 2018-19
The current Trainee Class 2018-19 at Good Morning Britain
Elizabeth Fordham, Trainee 2005-6
Content Editor, ITV Yorkshire
I was one of the first trainees, starting in 2005 at Granada. I found it a fantastic experience; the chance to have a go at all the roles in a newsroom, and spend time in other newsrooms around the country, was invaluable and something you just couldn't get anywhere else. The trainers were brilliant with a real track record of journalistic excellence and we all felt we really benefited from their guidance.
When I first 'graduated' I stayed at Granada, primarily as a planner but also with some PJ shifts thrown in which meant I got to produce early, late and weekend bulletins. After a few years I moved to Yorkshire to be news editor there. And there I've stayed for the last ten years both news editing and planning, with a six-month stint as Shared Content Editor thrown in as well. I've really enjoyed all my time at ITV and the traineeship was a brilliant foundation for my development. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Yasmin Bodalbhai, Class of 2014-15
Production Journalist & Presenter, ITV News Central
I was a trainee at ITN in 2014-2015. It was an incredible experience - I spent time in all areas of the newsroom. Highlights include a 3 month attachment at Westminster during the General Election, assistant producing DEC appeals, getting an exclusive story for ITV London after doorstepping Boris Johnson, and finding hard hitting case studies for the UK bureau.
I came to ITV Central two and a half years ago to be a production journalist - and the learning curve continues! I have a really varied week. I get up VERY early to present our GMB bulletins on Mondays and Tuesdays. Being able to smile at 4.30 in the morning is an essential skill! On other days, I might produce the main 6pm programme, or even present it. I often go out reporting. Or I might be planning stories for the next day, or making articles and videos for our digital platforms. But running through it all is the brilliant foundation I got from doing the traineeship. I tap into the skills and confidence I gained from that time every single day. I can't recommend it enough - it can be life changing!
Annie Knowlson, Class of 2017-18
Production Journalist, ITV News Channel
From going behind the scenes of Good Morning Britain to learning how to write and present the latest weather forecasts, the ITV Traineeship gives you insight and opportunities you’ll never forget.
After what seems like a whirlwind of travelling to different regions and training in a range of areas, including the basics of bulletin production and reporting, you finish equipped with everything you need to begin a career in television. I’ve met many inspiring people and put the skills I’ve learnt to use every day.
I currently work at ITV Channel TV as a Production Journalist which is one of the most varied roles in the newsroom. Whether producing 30 minute programmes or reporting are areas you want to pursue, this job gives you the chance to learn and develop your skills as a journalist.
My highlights over the last year include producing agenda setting work on gender therapy treatment in the Channel Islands and reporting on the dangers chocolate and mince pies pose to dogs at Christmas (filming with dogs is always a good day out). I can safely say there is never a dull moment and I would thoroughly recommend applying.