Journalism Trainee Scheme - Scotland - (Orkney or Shetland)


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Salary: £21,216
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Orkney / Shetland - Scotland
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Job Category:
Training, Trainees & Apprentices
BBC Region / Division:
zzDeputy Director General Group
BBC Business Unit:
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Package Description

Salary: £21,216 

BBC staff get 26 days holiday (Including a corporation day) a year, as well as national bank holidays

The Journalism Trainee Scheme offers places in Cardiff (English Language), Cardiff (Welsh Language), London, Salford, Orkney and Shetland.Though please note this application is only for Scotland (Orkney or Shetland).

You will be able to select your preference for location when you apply but for this role you will be considered only for our Orkney and Shetland locations.  If your first choice location is London, Salford, Cardiff (English Language Place) or  Cardiff (Welsh Language place) please search careers hub and apply using the correct application form.

Duplicate applications will not be considered.

Job Introduction

We want to hear from people from all backgrounds and all walks of life who are curious about the world and hungry to tell the stories happening around them.  If you want to get first class training with the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world, then the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme is for you.

Are you a non-graduate or school leaver with a genuine interest in journalism? If you have less experience then the Digital Journalism Apprenticeship scheme may be a better fit for you, find out more here: Digital Journalism Apprenticeship


Application process:


  • Deadline for applications: 1st March 2020. All applications will be reviewed after this date.The initial application consists of the application form which allows you to tell us why you think you are right for this scheme. After you submit this, all eligible applicants will receive a follow up email with an invite to our video interview assessment. There will only be one question on the video interview which will allow you to further talk about your interest in the role.
  • Follow up questionnaire: If you are successful you will be invited to complete a follow up questionnaire. Full information will be sent to you by 13th March. You will have approximately 1 ½ weeks to complete this.
  • Assessment Centre: If you are successful after the follow up questionnaire, you will be invited to an assessment centre. These assessment centres take place in May.  You will hear at least one week before the assessment day whether you have been successful. We do our best to keep you updated, but please be aware you may not know if you have been selected for an assessment day until mid/late May.

Main Responsibilities

During this 10 month scheme, you will undertake training while working alongside news teams creating content for multiple platforms. You’ll get hands-on experience involving researching, writing and broadcasting news.

Although we offer general journalism trainee places around the UK this application is specifically to express your interest in the locations in Scotland of Shetland or Orkney. 

Indicating an interest in a location does not guarantee that you will be placed there should you be successful for the scheme.

More information on how we organise Journalism Trainee Scheme placements is available on our Frequently Asked questions page.

Are you the right candidate?

  • You are fascinated by news and current affairs and have a hunger to understand the world and get to the facts.
  • You are already showing your journalistic potential. You may be involved in student media, writing articles for a local newspaper or website, working at a radio station, blogging or vlogging or creating great social media content.
  • You are a creative storyteller and can help us reach new audiences including people who might not normally consume news.
  • You’re flexible and adaptable– typical hours of work are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. However, broadcasting and journalism is 24/7 and these hours may vary during work placements to meet the needs of the business.

•        You will be 18 or over by the time the scheme starts in the autumn.

•        You must be eligible to work in the UK

If you have a disability, you will be able to select for your application to go through the Extend Hub when you apply. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. Click here to view our vacancies in an accessible format

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