Digital Journalist apprentices

Apprentices from City of Wolverhampton College kicked off their training with a bang when they met BBC Chief Tony Hall.

The young people from across the UK, who have been selected as the BBC’s first ever digital journalism apprentices, gathered at New Broadcasting House (NBH) to meet the director general and tour the Radio 1 studios and newsrooms.

They also enjoyed a talk from television and radio news presenter Tina Daheley and picked up advice from past apprentices.

The 10 apprentices, who are based across the country in London, Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, will write stories for the web and radio, connect with audiences on social media, find guests and film news reports.

They will attend block release training at the Mailbox in Birmingham, where City of Wolverhampton College will be working with the BBC Academy to deliver the theoretical side of the apprenticeship, which has been developed in conjunction with the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Carole Foster, responsible for organising the scheme said: “It’s a way of tapping into our new digital news generation and getting young people to reflect their local community and what’s important to them.”

Apprentice Izin Akhabau said: I’m humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue my passion full time, rather than alongside school and part time work – and in an organisation as brilliant as the BBC.”

Curriculum Manager for Creative Industries at the college Michael Dixon said: “It has been a pleasure to work so closely with the BBC over the past year delivering training for their Local Radio Apprentices. The new cohort of 10 digital apprentices will be at the cutting edge of digital journalism and we are excited to be part of their journey.”

The digital journalism apprenticeship started on 14 September when apprentices attended the BBC Academy in Birmingham for training. Here we will network and learn alongside apprentices from all over the BBC. They start their placements in January. To keep up with their progress follow @BBCTrainees on Twitter


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