Two new apprenticeships are created with more in sight.
The national news agency for the UK and Ireland will aim to encourage social and ethnic diversity into its newsrooms.
By targeting new and recently qualified journalists across news and sports, the schemes will provide newcomers with paid, on-the-job training.
The two-year junior and senior apprenticeships will begin in January 2021 and will lead to full-time jobs at PA.
Apprentices will learn key skills such as interviewing, developing stories and using video, together with PA’s fundamental principles of fast, fair and accurate journalism.
Moving forward, PA will seek to set-up partnerships with UK news brands to expand the schemes to provide more apprenticeships and full-time employment.
This latest drive builds on a previous initiative launched with ESI Media in 2018 that lead to securing young aspiring journalists two positions at PA and the Evening Standard.
Pete Clifton, editor-in-chief at PA, said: “Our previous apprentices have not only excelled in their careers but brought unique perspectives to our coverage which we look forward to continuing with new talent. I am delighted that we have been able to build on our previous scheme and hope that we can grow it even further with a range of partners.”
Source: PA Media