BBC Studios Apprentice Schemes

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Job Reference: BBC/TP/589874/38561
Number of Positions: 6
Contract Type: Apprenticeships
Salary: £18,810 per year
Closing Date: 08/05/2019
Job Category: Training, Trainees & Apprentices
BBC Region / Division: zzDeputy Director General Group
BBC Business Unit: zzDDG - HR
Location: London

Package Description

A salary of £18,810 per year

Apprenticeship placements will work towards a Level 3 or Level 4 qualification and will last 12-18 months depending on the chosen pathway.

You will be able to select your preferred placement on your application form. Please note that this will be taken into consideration throughout the application process but we cannot guarantee you will be placed there.

BBC staff get 25 days holiday a year and you can buy or sell days to suit you. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year.

Application process:

  • Deadline for applications. 8th May 2019 at 11.59pm. The application form consists of a few questions for you to tell us why you think you're right for this scheme and gives you the opportunity to select your preferred pathway/placement area.
  • Video Assessment. If you are successful through the first stage you will be invited to complete a video assessment.Please ensure that you check your emails (we will send details to your username email) so that you do not miss the deadline to complete this. The latest we will send you this to complete will be mid June. You will have approximately one week to complete this.
  • Assessment Centre. If you are successful after video assessment you will be invited to an assessment centre. These assessment centres take place during the first week of July. You will hear from us at least one week before the assessment day whether you have been successful.

Job Introduction

BBC Studios is a place for the creative, the passionate and the commercially savvy. We work with world-renowned brands and formats, and produce internationally acclaimed shows. The opportunities are simply unmissable.

We’re a powerhouse of bold British creativity, building the BBC's brands, audiences and reputation across the world while championing the wider UK creative industries. We're passionate about content. We invest in it, commercialise it and create it. This means we each get to play our part in making history.

This is your chance to make your first steps in one of the UK’s most exciting industries. Are you up for the challenge?

This year we have opportunities which will develop you to achieving one of the following qualifications:

  1. Marketing Executive Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Helping to shape, support and deliver marketing plans, working in conjunction with the Marketing Manager.

  1. Junior Content Producer Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Creating content for a wide range of media, including digital, social media, broadcast and print.

  1. Broadcast Production Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Providing support and assistance to help with the delivery of content for TV or radio shows.

  1. Business Administrator Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Supporting and engaging with different parts of the organisation and interact with internal or external customers.

As part of your programme (ranging from 12 to 18 months depending on the nature of your chosen apprenticeship), we will support you as you work with passionate and skilled teams in a variety of work placements across BBC Studios.

Main Responsibilities

You could learn about the different areas of business such as marketing, content management, continuous improvement and production management - At the same time as studying towards a Level 3 or 4 qualification.

As part of your 12-18 month placement (dependent on the placement you are selected for) you will work in one of the following roles and rotate around the team to get hands-on experience on exciting projects.

There are six different roles available across three different qualification areas.

Business Administrator Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Acquisition Assistant: The acquisitions team are responsible for assessing and buying programmes for our BBC branded television and on demand services which are broadcast outside of the UK. From contracting to budgets, this placement will help you to learn a myriad of skills that are essential to the TV/Radio production process. You will gain an understanding of how we work with various teams across BBC Studios and external distributors such as ITV Studios to manage media assets.  

Continuous Improvement Team Assistant: A fantastic placement for aspiring Project Managers who enjoy problem solving. The Continuous Improvement Team support ongoing improvement work around the business. The team’s goal is to drive and promote an improvement culture across the organisation, ultimately delivering results that help reduce cost and save time that help BBC Studios become a more efficient and effective place to work. From attending project meetings to developing presentations and training materials, you will get to support with training and coaching, as well as hands-on project management and delivery.


Junior Content Producer Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Team Assistant, Creative: The content marketing team is made up of creatives, designers, writers and producers who work on award winning trailers, events, print advertising, brochures, digital marketing and a whole lot more.  During your rotations, you will be right in the thick of it, as a runner on photo and live action shoots, helping out with research, organisation and supporting our talented team. You will get an in-depth understanding of the end to end process of creative projects that support the production workflow.


Broadcast Production Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Scripted Assistant: The scripted team works with a wide range of production companies to build a pipeline of drama, comedy and children’s programming. Once ideas are in the pipeline, it is the team’s job to find support around the business (marketing, brands, research, sales, legal, press) to help these ideas be commissioned by broadcasters, and sold around the world. You will rotate around the different programming areas to get involved in various activities such as feeding back on scripts, researching genre and industry trends and communicating programme updates.


Marketing Executive Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Marketing Assistant: This placement will cover four key areas of the Global Brands and Marketing team. As part of your rotations you will have the exciting opportunity to learn about brand management by working on a live marketing campaign around the launch of a forthcoming Top Gear TV series.  

Consumer Products and Publishing Assistant: This varied team is responsible for taking some of your favourite shows from screen to shelf. You will gain an understanding about how content is acquired and made, and how the final assets are managed and mastered. You will also learn how these teams work with both online and high street retailers to maximise revenue from merchandise, DVD and digital content. Your rotations will take you through areas in Production and publishing, Creative, Sales, Marketing and Video Supply Chain to give you a great grounding in how consumer facing businesses operate.

In your application form you can select which placement you would like to apply for. Your selection at this stage is not binding. There is no guarantee that your preference can be fulfilled. You will still be considered for other placement areas.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Be aged 18 or over by the time the scheme starts in September
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic to work at BBC Studios
  • Enjoy watching BBC Studios content and can talk about your favourite programmes
  • Have a willingness to learn and develop a career within the creative industry
  • Be an organised self-starter who can manage their own workload
  • Enjoy solving problems and offering ideas and suggestions for improvement
  • Have great communication skills as you will sometimes work closely with external people as well as your team
  • A multitasker who can handle lots of information and responsibilities
  • Be able to work on their own initiative and have effective time management skills

We ask for a minimum of 5 GCSEs, grade C or above including Maths and English (or equivalent).

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the apprenticeship you must have hold documentation that gives you the right to work in the UK

To be eligible for the apprenticeship you must not have already done a similar or higher qualification already.

For example:

  • An A-Level  / level 3 qualification or above in Business would mean that you are not eligible for the Business Administrator Apprenticeship as they are both level 3 business qualifications
  • An A-Level / level 3 qualification or above in Production, Media or similar would mean that you are not eligible for the Producer and Production Apprenticeships as they are both level 3 qualifications that study very similar subject areas
  • A degree in Production, Media or similar would mean that you are not eligible for the Producer and Production Apprenticeships

If you are a media, marketing or business graduate with ambitions to start a career at the BBC, we recommend searching for other opportunities on or checking back in Autumn when this page will be updated with our 2020 Trainee roles

If you have more than 12 months’ experience in a paid role, then we recommend searching for a role more suited to your level of experience at

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