Training company Pitman has entered the already crowded field of journalism training.
Its journalism diploma course costs £1,595 for 200 hours and claims to offer a grounding in writing, sub-editing, interviewing and layout.
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The course is not recognised by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, which runs the industrystandard journalism pre-entry courses.
Other journalism courses already on offer include various degrees and postgraduate diplomas as well as an NVQ.
The Pitman course will be available at the company’s 70 training centres around the country, which are run by local franchisees.
Pitman managing director Michael Graham said: “Our new diploma will provide candidates with a good grounding on the basic techniques required as well as an understanding of what the job demands.”
The NUJ has a list of recommended courses on its website, www.nuj training.org.uk. A union spokesman said: “We wouldn’t really recommend somebody goes on a course if it’s not for a qualification that’s recognised by the NCTJ or one of the other industry bodies.”