Mentoring for apprentice journalists


We also offer a number of places on our young journalist mentoring scheme to individuals who are currently on an apprenticeship or non-graduate employee training scheme. You must be 18 or over.

The John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme offers the opportunity for a select group of young journalists each to have one-to-one mentoring for a year with an experienced practitioner in the broadcast and online news industry.

Our pioneering mentoring scheme for apprentice journalists offers the opportunity to be mentored by the best journalists in the industry. We have the support of senior journalists who encompass the best in broadcast and online journalism.

This is an exciting opportunity for apprentice journalists to develop their professional skills. It will offer further access into the broadcasting industry, insight into other newsrooms and networking.

The Trust’s mentoring scheme is an invaluable tool for mentees: it offers some extremely experienced guiding hands for the next generation of newsgatherers.

How does the scheme work?
We invite all journalist apprentices and non-graduate journalist trainees to apply for the mentoring scheme. Those chosen by the selection panel will be matched up with an experienced journalist for a year-long mentoring programme.

To become a mentor please contact the Trust using the contact form.






UPDATE 19 MAY 2020

You may have seen that we opened our application round in March for the next early career mentoring scheme. However, given COVID-19, we have revised our plans and are delaying the 2020-21 scheme by six months, i.e. we will invite applications in the autumn with a view to start the next mentoring scheme in January 2021. If you have already applied you do not need to re-apply. We asked current mentors and mentees if they would continue their mentoring remotely for an extra six months to support their mentees during these difficult days and months. We are delighted to report that nearly all have agreed and, for the small number of mentees whose mentors are unable to extend their mentoring until the end of the year, we have assigned them to new mentors. 

To be considered as a possible mentee on the John Schofield Trust journalist apprentice/non-graduate mentoring scheme, you need to meet the following criteria:


  • You must be on an NCTJ-approved journalism apprenticeship scheme or a non-graduate journalism training scheme.

  • You must have completed a minimum of six months on a scheme which includes a relevant diploma by the time the mentoring scheme begins (e.g. Advanced Apprenticeship in Journalism (Level 3) or an NCTJ diploma).

  • You must be aged 18 or over. Your qualifications will meet the expected requirements of the apprenticeship/training scheme you are on.

  • You must agree that you will use the mentoring scheme for its proper purposes, and not abuse the contact with the mentors, who are helping us voluntarily.


To be eligible for selection applications must include a reference. If you are an apprentice/trainee we need to have a reference from your course leader or the person who is in charge of the apprenticeship/ training scheme you are on.

Being a John Schofield Trust mentee will put you in direct contact for a year with some of the leading journalists in British broadcasting. To help us make a fair selection from the applicants, we need you to provide three things:

1. Please explain why you think you would benefit from the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme (maximum 200 words).

2. Please give examples of two news stories you have worked on and what you have learnt. This needs to be no longer than 250 words. For example, this might be something gained during work experience, a work-related project which has been assessed as part of your apprenticeship or a blog post you have written.  Please limit yourself to 250 words.

3. We would like to see a reference from your course leader or the person who is in charge of the apprenticeship/training scheme you are on.

The selection panel is made up of the trustees and supporters of the Trust. You can download the application and reference forms below.


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