Welcome to the ITV News Traineeship recruitment for 2020-21
ITV News delivers high quality and trustworthy coverage attracting record audiences. We are offering you the opportunity to join our national and regional news teams as a trainee journalist. You will be taught all the skills you’ll need to work in one of our multi-media news operations. We’re looking for people who can demonstrate a commitment to journalism, have great story ideas and are ambitious.
The majority of our trainees go on to secure roles across our regional, national and international news teams, both in front and behind the camera. This is a great opportunity to begin your career with 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 28th September 2020 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 £24,116 per annum for all roles outside of London (£26,660 pro-rata in London) and five weeks annual leave during the scheme, plus public holidays. 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, 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 28 September 2020. 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, please contact email@example.com. NB This address should only be used for this purpose and no general queries or personal information should be sent to this inbox.
Please click here to access the application form.
As part of the application process, we are asking you to record two short 60-second clips to be sent as a link and uploaded (For candidates unable to produce a clip, please provide a written statement instead). If either of these methods are unsuitable, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full details will be provided within the application form on what we’d like you to cover in your clips, but a top tip for uploading a link would be: to create a youtube account, record the clip by using a mobile/tablet/ laptop device or desktop, upload the footage to Youtube to generate a link.
Your application will be assessed in two stages which are clearly outlined on the application form. If you don’t get through the first stage, your second stage answers which are mainly scenario and writing based tests will not be considered.
The scheme goes live on Monday 3rd February.
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Candidates who declared a disability and meet the minimum criteria will be invited to an interview - find out more here. We're happy to discuss any additional support you may need during our application process as part of our reasonable adjustments approach. So we encourage you to get in touch with us if you require additional support our email is email@example.com
The minimum criteria for the traineeship are for you to demonstrate:
- that your experience to date shows you have a strong interest in news and a commitment to a career in journalism
- that you can bring an original perspective and have creative ideas
- that you are detail orientated, with good spelling, language and grammar skills
- that you are able to critically analyse a programme or piece of text and draw out the key themes
If shortlisted, you will be invited to a one-day assessment centre at ITV’s London office on either Tuesday 31st March or Wednesday 1st April 2020. Please note that ITV News is not able to accommodate additional interview and assessment dates.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 23 February 2020 (23:59).
Joseph Wardropper - Trainee 2018-19
The traineeship is a brilliant way of getting started in broadcast journalism. You’ll learn to produce bulletins, write scripts and grasp the basics of packaging and live reporting. I’d never been inside a television newsroom when I began the scheme. 6 months later I was offered a permanent contract with ITV Tyne Tees.
The training sessions take place right across England and Wales. You’ll visit half a dozen regional newsrooms, meeting journalists from across ITV News. Trainees also spend a week at Good Morning Britain and at Network News. These placements are phenomenal opportunities – I shadowed a senior correspondent, sat in on a nail-biting edit for the 6 o’clock news and watched prime minister’s questions from the press gallery.
The trainee scheme delivers everything it promises. In 15 months, I’ve produced hundreds of news bulletins, interviewed senior politicians and premier league football managers, helped coordinate our coverage of the general election and watched my first reports go out in the 6 o’clock programme. Whatever your aspirations in television news, the traineeship is a great place to start
Michael Sibert - Trainee 2010
I joined ITV as the ITV Anglia trainee in 2010 and instantly felt part of the team. The training was fantastic and it felt like a real privilege to be learning from some of the best in the industry. After a few months, when you're ready, you're right in the heart of the action. There's nothing like contributing to a buzzing newsroom. In 2011, I moved to ITV Central as the Nottingham reporter. During my time on screen I was lucky enough to travel around the world and report from Australia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand amongst others. I was ITV's Olympics Correspondent for the Games in Rio in 2016 and led ITV Central's coverage of the Leicester City helicopter crash in 2018. Last year, I stepped back from life on the road to take up the role of Content Hub Editor. I now look after a team of reporters, based across the country, who create news features for ITV News programmes across the network. The ITV News trainee scheme is a fantastic place to start a career in television news. Applying is the best career decision I have ever made.