BBC Scotland News is continuing to develop its relationship with the Scottish Students Journalism Award scheme. Once again this year we are proud to be associated with four categories of awards – short and long form broadcast journalism (2 categories); digital/mobile journalism; podcast journalism.

But this year there’s an added difference.   Any final year student who wins in any of these four categories will go through to the final selection stage of the BBC Journalist Trainee Scheme. It’s not a guarantee of getting on the scheme, but it will mean you’re only competing against dozens of candidates rather than the thousands who initially apply.

Here’s what you need to do.    If you’re a final year journalism student and are planning on entering a piece of work for this year’s SSJAs, you must apply for the BBC’s Journalist Trainee Scheme.  It’s now open for applications.  In the Journalist Trainee Scheme application, when answering the question, Have you or are you taking part in a BBC supported scheme? You should select YES and then select the SSJA in the drop down options provided.

If you win one of the BBC categories in the SSJA, we will let the JTS team know and they will arrange for you to be included in the final selection stage of the scheme.