Budding reporters from City of Wolverhampton College have their names in print after passing their course with flying colours.
Eight BBC radio apprentices and 11 academic year journalism students celebrated completing the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism at the college’s Paget Road campus on October 14.
They were presented with their certificates by Gary Phelps, Editorial Director at Central Independent News and Media, in front of editors and representatives from newspapers across the Midlands and beyond.
This was the first cohort of BBC apprentices to complete the full diploma and students travelled from Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool and Gloucestershire to attend the event.
Of those who had completed the academic year course the college saw the highest number of students pass 100 words per minute shorthand at the first time of asking.
Many of the graduates have already secured jobs in the industry, gaining employment at BBC radio stations and newspapers including the Shropshire Star, Redditch Standard and Birmingham Mail.
Lecturer Dani Wozencroft said: “This year has been a challenging year with changes to the law and public affairs modules meaning the students had a lot to take on.
“They have all worked incredibly hard and it is great to have the chance to celebrate their achievements.
“I’m really proud of how well they all did on the course and how many of them have gone straight into employment.”
The college has been accredited by the NCTJ since 1997 and is the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands. It has been named the best performing NCTJ further education college in the UK for five consecutive years and is helping to train the
BBC’s radio apprentices across the country as well as working with the Express and Star on its journalism apprenticeship scheme.