Ahead of the launch of ITN Business’ new apprenticeships programme, Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success, we asked former apprentices from the wider ITN team to share their experiences of moving through an apprenticeship — and landing a dream job at the end of it.

For students of all ages, or those already in the workforce and looking to launch new careers, there’s no better way to gain real-world, on-the-job experience than through an apprenticeship scheme. Often, there are different routes in to apprenticeships, and support for those seeking placements via industry organisations, career sites, and the government website.

ITN Business’ Sam Ayache-Walker landed his apprenticeship placement at ITN through the ScreenSkills programme (you can read about it here), while Channel 4 News’ Ka Yee Mak found an advert on the ITN Jobs site, and ITV’s Daniel Ajose stumbled across the opportunity via apprenticeship.gov.


Ka Yee’s apprenticeship story

A last-minute application led to Ka Yee Mak landing herself a place in a Channel 4 apprenticeship within a team of top journalists and producers. 18 months on, she’s working as a Junior Multimedia Producer for Channel 4 News. 

How did you get your apprenticeship at ITN?

I applied for the apprenticeship after university, where I studied journalism. Truth be told, I applied 30 minutes before the deadline, thinking I wouldn’t get it. But now I’m really grateful to whatever force it was that pushed me to do the application process.

Tell us about your apprenticeship?

My apprenticeship was with Channel 4 News and it lasted 18 months. During that time, I was trained on filming, editing, producing and shadowed almost every team, as well as bureaus outside of London.

What did you learn?

The most crucial thing I learned was to think of every possible way to make a news programme happen — that includes looking for a guest; a video; a case study; then it’s about how to make a good news programme — being balanced, factual; while also keeping it visually engaging. 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your apprenticeship?’

The most rewarding aspect was how many wonderful people I got to know — who, even after the apprenticeship, have helped me tremendously when things have been difficult.

Why is an apprenticeship a great route into an industry?

As mentioned, I did a journalism degree, but I have to say, however practical that was — and grateful I am to the lecturers that taught me what journalism is — apprenticeships provide the real world experience that universities can’t. It felt good, too, being able to put what I had learned to use.

If you could give one piece of advice what would it be

Work hard and be yourself, I don’t think there’s anything else you can do other than that.


Daniel’s apprenticeship story

Daniel Ajose currently works as a Digital Video Producer on ITV News’ The Rundown, creating news tailored to younger audiences, and producing content for social platforms.

How did you get onto your apprenticeship at ITN?

I came across my apprenticeship on apprenticeship.gov. I had two interviews and a written task.

Tell us about your apprenticeship?

My apprenticeship was an 18-month level 3 junior journalist scheme. I spent my time in different departments of the newsroom — while also studying for my NCTJ.

What did you learn?

I have learned the essential skills required to become a journalist, not only from the newsroom but also from the training centre where I completed my apprenticeship. By passing all the necessary modules, I gained a greater understanding of what it takes to be a good journalist.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your apprenticeship?
Passing and becoming a qualified journalist, as well as the recognition of my achievements, made possible thanks to the support of my colleagues and friends within the industry.

Why is an apprenticeship a great route into an industry?

It provides the opportunity to gain real industry experience, earn a qualification, and get paid in the process.

If you could give one piece of advice what would it be?

To make the most of an apprenticeship, stay hungry and demonstrate your willingness to go the extra mile and absorb as much knowledge as possible.

ITN runs apprenticeships every year within different areas of the business. Currently, there are two apprentices working for ITV News; a Camera Operator and a Content Producer.


Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success 

Today, apprenticeships have evolved to offer more than ever before. They are not only a valuable avenue for newcomers to gain work experience, but also an opportunity for individuals to pursue a degree while working. Furthermore, apprenticeships have become a compelling option for up-skilling or transitioning to new roles, with 45% of new apprentices being over the age of 25.

Produced in partnership with the Association of Apprentices, UCAS and the ScaleUp Institute, the Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success programme demonstrates how apprenticeships are a key gateway for lifelong careers, education, and skills development. The programme, presented by ITN Business presenter, Warren Nettleford launched this week, National Apprenticeship Week — head to the Apprenticeships programme page to learn more.