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.
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
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.
ITV News Anglia
ITV News Central
Trainee Class of 2016-17
Trainee Class of 2016-17,
My time as a trainee was an incredible foundation for working in a newsroom. As one of the two ITN trainees for 2015/16 I was given a crash-course in news and fully immersed in the processes of creating live, daily bulletins and programmes. In just nine months I spent time with the online team, the news desk, the foreign desk, the output team - basically every area you can think of. On top of that we received training from the very best in the business; from shooting and editing to generating story ideas and scriptwriting. It was a whirlwind. At times I felt like there was too much to learn - but after a few months everything started to fit into place and I could feel myself progressing really quickly.
After 9 months of training I applied for a role as a Production Journalist for ITV London and was given a contract. This is when I really felt that all my training had paid off. That settling-in time at the beginning of a new job where you have to learn everything from scratch was essentially eliminated - I was able to walk in on my first day knowing what was expected of me and feeling confident.
The team at ITV London have been incredibly welcoming and have continued to show their trust in my ability by giving me more and more responsibility. I now produce lunchtime and late bulletins, work on the weekend programmes, self-shoot whenever it's needed and regularly interview guests and celebrities live on Facebook. This in-at-the-deep-end philosophy has helped to build my confidence quickly and make me feel like I'm really part of the team.
The best thing about my role as a Production Journalist is the variety. You're never just tied to the production desk. As well as working on the programme and working with the planning team, there are opportunities to get out with a camera, suggest original stories and really develop a wide-ranging skillset. One of my highlights has to be presenting a Facebook Live from Trafalgar Square at the Olympic Heroes Return event - which generated over 100,000 views and interaction from all over the world.
Working at ITV News Anglia over the last two years has been an incredible opportunity to eat, sleep and breathe regional news whilst gaining the skills and experience to become a confident journalist.
I began my career here as an intern in 2014 and completely immersed myself into the news culture straight away. A year later I was taken on as an ITV News Trainee and amazingly, five months after that, I was given a permanent job as a Production Journalist. A pretty packed few years hey?! I have been so lucky to work in a newsroom that supports all my learning, encourages me to aim higher and appreciates all my knowledge and skills. I am trusted to produce lead stories, report on news and sports issues and set up significant interviews using my contacts. I still walk into my newsroom every day excited to be there and with a huge smile on my face.
I joined the ITV Trainee Scheme in March 2010 as the trainee at ITV Anglia. If someone had told me then that little more than 6 years later I'd be stood in Rio de Janeiro reporting on the Olympic Games, I quite simply wouldn't have believed them.
The 'on the job' training, coupled with periods where you and the other trainees learn technical and editorial skills away from the newsroom, puts you in a perfect position to thrive under the pressure of a live news environment. You are immersed in the newsroom and, as soon as you're ready, you'll be producing bulletins and be a vital cog in the day-to-day production of our programmes. You will visit other newsrooms around the country for training, giving you an almost unique insight into the way ITV News operates.
After working in Norwich for 18 months, I was offered the job of Nottingham reporter for ITV Central. Since then I've been lucky enough to cover a whole range of big stories from the Philpot murders to police station firebombings to Leicester City's Premier League title success.
In August 2016 I was chosen to go to Rio for the Olympic Games as the ITV Nations and Regions Olympics Correspondent. I was covering the games for 18 different programmes across 12 nations and regions. We carried out more than 70 live broadcasts and interviewed all the Team GB medalists just hours after their triumph.
It was an incredible experience, and proof of the opportunities available to those who come through the ITV News Trainee Scheme.
Our current trainees are four months into the scheme and here is what some of them have to say about their experience so far:
Loretta Odozi, ITV News Meridian
The scheme has been a unique learning experience. I have been tested each and every day to do better and be better. I am given constant guidance and encouragement which is something I have not always had before.
I was placed at Meridian and I've loved working there. I am able to get involved in every aspect of news production (and even technical as well if I want to!).
Katharine Walker, ITV News Channel
All the training has been informative, engaging and fun. My skills are quickly developing and being honed - and the opportunity to learn from and practice with industry experts is invaluable.
Shanade James, ITV News Central
I'm really enjoying my time on the traineeship at ITV News Central. It's great to see how different roles work in the newsroom. I get the chance to put what I learn on the training courses into practice and I receive plenty of advice and guidance to help me develop my skills. Gradually I'm getting more responsibility and I feel a part of the team here.