Press Association bursary scheme
The 2016 scheme now open for applications until April 5, 2016.
This scheme aims to encourage a greater intake from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds and is supported by the Journalism Diversity Fund.
We will aim to select two successful candidates each year.
What will it include?
:: A place on PA’s NCTJ-accredited training course in London
:: A bursary to cover living expenses whilst studying for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
:: A two-year training scheme either in the Press Association newsroom or with the sports desk on a full trainee salary
:: Excellent training to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to operate successfully in the newsroom
:: The gold-standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
:: If successful, a chance to secure a permanent role at PA
:: On-the-job experience and an industry-standard qualification at the UK’s leading news agency
:: Must be from a minority ethnic group or be able to prove financial disadvantage which would make it difficult for you to enter the profession otherwise
:: Must be able to work in the UK legally
:: You will have had substantial paid or unpaid work experience in journalism and built up your portfolio of writing
:: Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to securing a career in journalism
:: Applications open February 15, 2016
:: Applications close April 5, 2016
:: First interviews mid April 2016
:: Second interviews end May 2016
:: Offers by early June 2016
:: One day induction before course starts
:: Course begins on August 22
:: Finishes December 16
:: Training contracts to begin January 3, 2017
:: Contracts to end December 31, 2018
:: Final exams autumn 2018
It will be a two-stage process: stage one is the first interview and diploma course tests followed by a second interview.
The 2016 scheme is now open for applications until April, 2016. To apply, complete the application form available from the Press Association website here