The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers has been a partner with the Evening Standard and The Independent since the publishing group began its Editorial Diversity Bursary Apprenticeship Scheme in 2013..
The apprenticeship scheme runs in conjunction with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and is open to those who have not been to university. Since launch, trainees have successfully completed their apprenticeships which includes day-release courses/or a 20-week fast track course with the NCTJ, and on-the-job training.
The trainees work alongside senior journalists at the Evening Standard and The Independent across all aspects – news, arts, entertainment, sport, comment - of editorial both in print and digital. Those supported by the Stationers have taken part in events at Stationers’ Hall including debates held in association with the London Press Club and Society of Editors. They have also taken part in the annual careers symposium focussing on apprenticeships, which has been organised by the Stationers' Company.
Doug Wills, who is a Court Assistant with the Stationers and Editor Emeritus of the Evening Standard, says: “The involvement of partners such as the Stationers has been one of the strengths of the scheme. It allows the trainees to be involved in a range of activities outside of their daily duties and provides a network of contacts and support. It is a winning combination.”
All of the apprentices who have taken part in the scheme successfully completed their training receiving journalism diplomas from the NCTJ. Some of them have been nominated for national awards.
4 MARCH 2021
Emma Loffhagen is currently undertaking an apprenticeship on the Evening Standard Media Diversity Scheme and has recently reported on the Trust and the Media Event organised by the London Press Club in association with the Stationers' Company. You can read that covereage in the April issue of Stationers' News. She writes below of her early impressions of the scheme and what she has achieved this far.
3 MARCH 2021
Freeman Abbianca Makoni served as an apprentice on the Evening Standard Media Diversity Scheme and was made Free of the Company in December 2020. The Master recroded a conversation with her to mark the turn of the year to which members can listen via this link