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Location: London

Department: Apprenticeship

Salary Details: Competitive

Advertising End Date: 16 May 2021


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Job Description

News UK is a company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are an ambitious and ever-growing organisation with a passion for storytelling, capturing moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world. Our newspapers reach more than 30 million people each week and include The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. News UK is also home to Wireless, a leading UK and Irish media company boasting independent local and national radio stations including Virgin, talkSPORT. talkRADIO and newly launched TimesRadio.

The Team: Our Commercial team connects some of the biggest brands with our valuable audiences. The team combines understanding of audiences with analytical rigour and creative thinking to create bespoke, targeted and measurable campaigns that genuinely connect brands with their audiences. The team is made up of specialists within sales, partnerships, strategists, planners, product, production, events and digital advertising operations all contributing to the success of our commercial campaigns.

Being a News UK Sales Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Sales team, working with some of the biggest News and Radio brands including The Sun, The Times & The Sunday Times, talkSPORT and Virgin Radio. You will work across 3 sales teams who work directly with our clients and agencies. You will gain insight into all aspects of sales from understanding clients’ needs to building relationships and understanding how to develop product and market knowledge. You will also be given the opportunity to rotate across our Commercial department.

Over the course of 24 months you will study towards your Level 4 Sales Executive qualification, this will be combined with on the job, digital and interactive learning. The apprenticeship will equip you with skills and knowledge to kick start your career in sales. Some of the areas it covers include; Impactful communication, digital skills, market knowledge, customer experience, effective collaboration, resilience and professional development.

What we’re looking for from you: 

You will be enthusiastic to embrace a new challenge and seize the learning opportunities this scheme will provide.   We offer a great amount of training for the role so whilst we are not looking for specific experience, we look for the following attributes:

  • Great communication skills
  • Proactive approach
  • Inquisitive nature
  • Creative problem solver
  • Naturally builds relationships
  • Demonstrates Inclusive behaviours

Application Process

Online Application > Telephone Interview > Assessment Centre

At News UK we encourage every individual’s potential, therefore rather than looking for specific experience we are looking for enthusiasm and drive. As part of the Online Application process, we would like you to provide a cover letter that explains why you want to join News UK and answer the following 3 questions:

  1. What news story/content has impacted you most and why?
  2. What’s your favourite medium to consume news? What do you like about it?
  3. What is your favourite advertising campaign? How does it make you feel?

Applications close Sunday 16th of May, if you have any questions about your application please contact us at earlycareers@news.co.uk.

Life at News
At News UK some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group.

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support.

In addition we also offer:

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.


News Corp UK & Ireland Limited is a company full of talented, dedicated, and creative people. We are an ambitious organisation with a passion for quality content and storytelling, capturing moments, meaning, and magic to make sense of the world. Our newspapers and digital products include some of the most powerful media brands in the English speaking world, reaching over 30 million people each week. Our brands include national newspapers – The Sun, The Times, and The Sunday Times – as well as Unruly, a global ad tech company, and Wireless, a leading UK and Irish media company boasting independent local and national radio stations such as talkSPORT, talkRADIO, and Virgin Radio.

News UK and Wireless are companies which thrive on diversity. Our people challenge themselves on a daily basis, with a passion to produce the best possible content to our readers and customers. We embrace creativity and initiative and we have some of the most talented people in the industry.

If you want to work for one of the world’s most exciting, challenging, and creative media organisations then News UK is the place to build your career.