The Scheme is our early career positive action programme and we’re going to use the summer to decide where to take it next to achieve the greatest impact: which means it will open up again for applications in 2023. We know this will be disappointing news for anyone hoping to apply this year so please head to our jobs page to see what’s on offer – we have over 150 entry-level roles each year. We love the programme, and are committed to its continued success, and will share an update next year on our future plans.

This is what it takes

For all of our Scheme traineeships, we're looking for the same five key qualities.

Each quality looks a little different depending on where you work, but we'll be assessing these five core qualities at stage one of the process, so use these as your guide when answering the application questions.

Click any of the links in orange to learn more.

When we get to the selection days, we’ll be on the look-out for how these qualities are expressed in the day-to-day work of each team, including one further quality, unique to the team, which serves to bring all the qualities together. For Editorial this is a love for ideas and stories, for Publicity it's the joy of making a story travel and for Sales it's an entrepreneurial spirit.

How to apply 2021


Key dates

16th May 2021 Applications close.

By 28th May you'll hear back about whether you are a Scheme finalist

First week in June Record a video introduction.

By 23rd June 2021 We'll share which traineeship you'll be put forward for.

Attend a virtual learning and selection day for the department:

  • Editorial: 5th July 2021
  • Publicity: 12th July 2021
  • Sales: 19th July 2021

As part of the Learning and Selection phase, you’ll do some live virtual tasks, and some in your own time. You'll hear back if you've been chosen as a Scheme trainee a week after your selection day.

First week of August You'll meet the teams.

27th September 2021 The Scheme starts.


Please block out these key dates in your diary.

"It’s really easy to second-guess everything in the application process but I promise that there are no hidden traps.”

Sharika, 2018 trainee