News Traineeship

ITV News is offering you the opportunity to join our News teams on our nine month programme. More details here

Welcome to the ITV News Traineeship recruitment for 2017-18

In 2017 why not join the most commercially successful news operation in the UK?  ITV News is offering you the opportunity to join our national and regional news teams as a trainee journalist learning all the skills you need to work in one of our multi-media newsrooms.   The challenge is big and will demand the very best of you.  You will need to demonstrate a commitment to journalism, have story ideas and be ambitious. 

Our trainees go on to secure roles covering national, international and regional news. The majority stay with us and forge a successful career within ITV, Britain’s most popular commercial broadcaster.  You will be based in the heart of our newsrooms learning from talented people who want to share their skills and experience with you.  It’s a busy and demanding environment so you should  be ready to work hard during a challenging scheme with high standards.  You will be well supported throughout with regular feedback and guidance.  

This is a nine-month programme starting on Monday 2nd October 2017 and we are looking for 12 talented recruits, 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 (Whiteley, near Southampton); ITV Tyne Tees & Border (Gateshead); 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, and in addition, we have an opportunity for one trainee at ITV Channel (St Helier).

You’ll receive a salary of £22,394 for all roles outside of London (£24,000 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’ve had an interest in Journalism in the past, your application will be welcome. 

You will need to be over the age of 18 by 1 October 2017. 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 cannot sponsor work permits for its traineeship schemes.  

What’s next?

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

The scheme goes live on Monday 6th February. Click here to access the online application form.

As part of the application form we would like to see some of your work. Please can you attach a PDF of a recent article you have published, or one short piece of work you are particularly proud of (no URLs please). If you need to send a visual or audio piece, please upload it to an easily accessible source e.g. YouTube and provide a link.

We're keen to ensure our scheme attracts a wide range of applicants from diverse backgrounds and is truly representative of today's modern society.  ITV are proud to have been awarded the Two Ticks Disability Symbol for 2017 and actively encourage individuals with a disability to apply.

If short-listed, you will be invited to a one-day assessment centre at ITV’s London office on either Tuesday 4th or Wednesday 5th April 2017. Please note that ITV News is not able to accommodate additional interview and assessment dates.  

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 26 February 2017.