Do you want to be a journalist for this newspaper?

Rare chance to earn while you learn as an apprentice journalist

Fancy a job where you could interview the Prime Minister? Or tackle a professional footballer in a press conference?

Would you be comfortable sharing a coffee with a top comedian? Have you got a talent for taking pictures or shooting video?

Do you want to dig out great stories - and see them published?

Would you like to join our news team

Our apprentices have done all of these things and more. And if you want your chance, we need to hear from you NOW.

We want two bright, enthusiastic, creative and hard-working young people aged between 18 and 24 to join our team in Preston covering news across the North West for our newspapers, websites and social media, including Lancashire Post, Blackpool Gazette, Wigan Observer, Burnley Express and Lancaster Guardian

What’s in it for you?

* A professional journalism qualification, the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

* The opportunity to earn a wage while learning your trade

* All college fees paid by us

* Professional training plus on-going support

* A personal mentor to help you through the apprenticeship

* An 18-month contract starting this summer

* 26 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays

* Four days per week at work, and one day a week in college

We are not looking for perfect qualifications, we need people with loads of enthusiasm and fresh ideas to help us tell stories in words, pictures, video and podcasts.

Send us your name, age, address and contact details. And tell us what you are doing now and why you would make a great apprentice, in no more than 300 words.

Email your details to [email protected] with the words APPRENTICE PRESTON in the subject line by Friday, July 2.

Or you can apply hereJPIMedia is committed to being an equal opportunity employer with a diverse workforce and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. We will consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We encourage and consider flexible working arrangements for all roles.

JPIMedia is one of the largest newspaper and digital publishing companies in the UK. Millions of people come to our websites every day for their local and national news, sport and opinions.

We are also home to more than 100 local newspapers, including some of the country’s most prestigious and trusted daily brands such as The Yorkshire Post, The Scotsman, Belfast Newsletter, Lancashire Post and The News in Portsmouth.

We publish weekly newspapers from Brighton on the south coast of England to Aberdeenshire in the north of Scotland, and are committed to having journalists based in the communities they serve.