Q2 Work Experience Opportunities in Wales
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- Work Experience duration 2-20 days (dependent on the placement)
- Locations - Bangor, Cardiff and Wrexham
- Opportunities available throughout April, May and June.
BBC Cymru Wales is the national broadcaster of Wales, providing a wide range of English and Welsh language programming and output for audiences on television, radio and online. Its national TV programming for Wales is available on BBC One Wales, BBC Two Wales, BBC iPlayer and S4C. It offers two national radio stations, BBC Radio Wales in English and BBC Radio Cymru in Welsh, and two distinct websites. It is also responsible for a significant volume of network programming across TV, Radio and Online, including programmes such as Doctor Who, Crimewatch and Casualty. BBC Cymru Wales is also home of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
This diversity across many different strands of TV Radio and Online output enables work experience students a unique opportunity to experience the BBC across a wide range of genres and platforms.
BBC Cymru Wales employs around 1200 staff, the majority in sites in Cardiff and Cardiff Bay, but also in other locations across Wales including Bangor, Wrexham, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen.
These placements provide a “taster” experience of working within the BBC and broadcasting industry. It is aimed at individuals who want to work in the media and would like to find out more about the range of jobs potentially available. Candidates will have the opportunity to see television, radio and online production at first hand. Candidates will have the chance to spend time with those who produce and co-ordinate the output as well as the craft specialists who capture and post-produce it, along with the staff that provide engineering and IT support across all aspects of programme making and transmission.
Are you the right candidate?
We're looking for applicants with a demonstrable interest either in Radio, Television or Online programme making and broadcasting.
Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills, be creative, adaptable and highly motivated. The ability to work well in a busy team is crucial. As well as needing an interest in broadcasting, candidates should have an awareness of BBC Wales and its local output.
Programme-making can be hectic and unpredictable and applicants should be confident that they will work well in such an environment. The successful candidate should be prepared to ask lots of questions and contribute ideas.
We are committed to equality of opportunity for everyone and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background for work experience at BBC Wales. Due to current under-representation of candidates from black and minority ethnic groups, people that have a disability or people that choose a more vocational route into employment, we encourage applications from candidates in these groups but we will consider candidates of all backgrounds on their individual merits.
Candidates do not need to have a media qualification to apply but should be able to demonstrate their passion and genuine interest in broadcasting.
We have placements available in the following areas:
BBC Bangor Taster Week (open to applicants 14 and over)
Spend a week shadowing a variety of departments in Bangor – to include programmes produced for Radio Cymru (Welsh language), news material for radio, television and online (Welsh and English) and the technical aspects of production. It is an ideal opportunity to see the breadth of work carried out in Bangor.
BBC Trust (Cardiff - over 18)
Successful candidates may work with the BBC Audience Council Wales and the BBC National Trustee for Wales. The placement may involve helping to plan and organise the audience outreach of the team in Cardiff.
Cardiff Newsroom (over 18)
The placement would involve spending time in the Cardiff Newsroom where teams produce output for the BBC on TV, Radio and Online. The candidate will be primarily based with the Newsgathering team and may have the opportunity to research, write and find guests for programmes observe how programmes get to air and spend time with operational staff and reporters.
Crimewatch Roadshow (over 18 - May and June only)
Successful candidates will get the opportunity to work with one of the production teams making one of the four weeks of live programmes for the daytime series Crimewatch Roadshow. They will assist the production team researching and shooting reconstruction films, as well as helping them prepare studio and OB content.
Newsgathering (Bangor - over 18)
You will gain experience working in the busy newsroom in Bangor and possibly shadow one of our reporters as they gather material for radio, television and online for BBC Cymru Wales. There may also be a chance to see how a live Welsh language radio programme is produced. The placement will be for one week. The ability to speak Welsh is not essential but candidates need to be aware that the majority of the radio programmes produced are for Radio Cymru.
News and Radio Production (Wrexham - over 18)
Successful candidates may get the opportunity to work alongside a reporter working for TV, Radio or News Online; attending news meetings, helping to research guests for programmes and shadowing producers as their programmes go on air.
Radio Cymru (Bangor - over 16 & Fluent in Welsh)
Gain an opportunity to observe and work on all types of programmes as for Bangor above, and you will also be able to experience the technical aspects of editing programmes on the latest high-tech systems which are in use here in Radio Cymru.
Radio Cymru (Cardiff - over 16 & Fluent in Welsh)
Successful candidates will get the opportunity to observe and work and on all types of programmes, including Tudur Owen’s programme, C2 Lisa Gwilym, Dylan Jones’ programme, Post Prynhawn, light entertainment and drama, and experience the technical aspects of editing programmes on the latest high-tech systems which are in use here in Radio Cymru. The placement will be for 1 week.
Radio Wales (Cardiff - May & June only - Over 18)
Successful candidates may spend a week being involved in the production process for Jason Mohammad's mid-morning show, Eleri Sion's afternoon show and some of the station's weekend programmes.
Online Content Discovery, Social Media and Drama placement (Cardiff – over 18)
If you come on work experience to BBC Cymru Wales’ Online & Learning department you would join the fast moving team creating interactive content and learning resources for internet connected devices on desktop, tablet, mobile and interactive TV platforms. You could be working with content from key drama brands such as Doctor Who and Sherlock, or iWonder guides as well as a range of local output. Candidates may have a love of Drama, or digital storytelling, maybe a keen interest in social media,or possibly design skills including the ability to use Photoshop. It may be that you enjoy interactive or games production. Whatever your interest, you’ll have the opportunity to find out what content works best and how we reach audiences across a range of digital devices in a live media environment.
Radio Audio and filming/editing for TV News (Bangor – over 18)
Successful candidates will gain practical experience with 2 departments in Bangor. The Radio audio team record and edit programmes on location and in the studio, and broadcast live radio, mostly for radio Cymru in Welsh, from Bangor. The multi-skilled operators film and edit material for television news programmes on S4C and BBC Wales. The placement will be for 1 week.
Week In Week Out (Cardiff – over 18)
You could help to contribute to the production of hard hitting, investigative programmes and gain a real insight into how a half hour story/investigation is put together. It would be an opportunity to learn how we find stories and make them into half hour current affairs programmes. You could learn invaluable investigative techniques and skills which will help in all aspects of research. You may also have the opportunity to go out with the team on location filming and sit in on an edit.
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Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.