If you aspire to read the six o’clock news, report important issues from around the world, become the next JK Rowling, produce films or get involved in creating the latest special effects for TV, you’ll find exciting career pathways in media and publishing.
Media, publishing and information services is a highly competitive industry, and apprenticeships are becoming a more and more popular route. Apprenticeships are valued by employers as they you’ll get real-life learning and experience gained in the work environment.
In 2020, the sector's value was estimated at 71.4 billion pounds3.
The UK's creative industries are developing new jobs faster than other sectors4.
Apprenticeships are available at all levels, from a Level 2 Digital Audio and Visual Production Apprenticeship to a Level 7 Senior Journalist Apprenticeship.
There are lots of roles you could go into with media and publishing, including a broadcast engineer, content creator, editor or translator. There are also routes to high profile roles such as journalists, news presenters and documentary makers.
You’ll find organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Evening Standard, British Library, The Sun, The Sunday Times and Virgin Media offering apprenticeships in this sector.
An apprenticeship in the field might be right for you if you’re highly motivated, have a thirst for knowledge, a keen interest in current affairs, great communication skills and the ability to tell a story in an engaging way. A curious mind and creative spark will also help.
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- You often work in highly creative, friendly environments that are very social.
- The industry welcomes fresh talent and is encouraging of new ideas.
- The field is constantly changing, so no two days are the same.
- It’s a competitive industry so you may need to apply for a few roles to be successful.
- It’s a fast-paced industry and you’ll usually have lots of responsibility.
- Working and studying at the same time can be difficult.
In such a competitive industry it can be challenging to get your foot in the door. An apprenticeship offers you the chance to build your experience and confidence whilst gaining skills and qualifications that can open up more doors as you further your career.
I always wanted to be in the media industry, but I just didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do in it.
Esha Bal, Apprentice at Channel 4
As a media, publishing and information services apprentice, you'll receive the latest industry training as well as gaining experience of how other roles in the industry interact. At the same time, you’ll be supported in studying towards an industry-recognised qualification which will be invaluable in pursuing future career opportunities.
The industry is fast-paced and the support and mentoring you’ll receive as an apprentice will help you meet the demands of your role and accelerate your career development.
The media industry is a great home for creative, progressive and forward-thinking people.
Lowri Roberts, Employer at Channel 4
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