BBC Software Engineering Graduate Scheme

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Contract Type:
£22,714 (+ London Weighting) starting salary, with a 2nd year increase and a further increase as you move into a role after the scheme.
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Job Category:
Training, Trainees & Apprentices
BBC Region / Division:
Design & Engineering
BBC Business Unit:
D+E: Various
London, MediaCityUK (Salford) and Glasgow

Package Description

Key Details

Duration: 2 years (Four 6-month rotations)
Location: London, MediaCityUK (Salford), Glasgow and Remote (UK based)
Products: Include BBC iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sounds and BBC Sport
Platforms: Include TV, Web, Mobile, Voice

Job Introduction

What will I do as part of the scheme?

The BBC is changing - we’re adapting to our audience all the time, so we need passionate software engineers to join us, to drive innovation and help shape the future of the BBC.

We ask that you have some demonstrable software engineering experience.  Your experience might have been gained via self-teaching, via a coding boot camp; or via a university degree course. We’re looking for people who love working in a collaborative environment. And we’re looking for people who want to apply their skills towards brands that reach millions of people each day.

Main Responsibilities

You will complete four 6-month rotations. Your first rotation will be chosen for you, based on your previous experience, but you will choose rotations 2, 3 and 4 from a huge variety of teams. You are encouraged to experience as wide a spread of technologies as possible. Each team you join will provide you with experience in different languages, technologies and ways of working. You will have the opportunity to work on products such as BBC iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sounds and BBC Sport. You will also have an opportunity to work on vital back end services that support our audience facing products, such as the Digital Publishing Team, or the Content Management iSite Team. By the end of the scheme you will have been part of 4 distinct teams, having worked with many different technologies, people and products, allowing you to discover what suits you perfectly.

Technologies used by teams around the BBC include:

  • Amazon Web Services (including Lambda, DynamoDB, S3 and EC2)
  • JavaScript - Node.js & React
  • HTML 5 & CSS 3
  • Kotlin & Swift
  • Java & Objective C
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • Scala
  • Haskell
  • Relational, NoSQL and GraphQL databases

Our award-winning BBC Training Academy offers a wide variety of training courses to help you in each rotation and you are encouraged to do as much relevant training as possible. When working in your team you’ll be able to learn from talented developers and product specialists in a positive, friendly, inclusive and collaborative environment.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in STEM and Women in STEM events, hackathons and technical conferences.

Are you the right candidate?

If you have the relevant skills in order to be a successful trainee software engineer we would love to hear from you. Whether you are a self-taught coder looking for a career change, or a university graduate (no matter how recent); read on to find out if your skills match what we’re looking for.

  • You have some demonstrable software engineering experience – perhaps gained via self-teaching or a coding boot camp; or you have previously completed a degree in a related field.
  • You love working in teams, learning from others, and helping others to learn.
  • Our software engineers are really passionate about what they do, so you'll need to have the passion to match!
  • You share our values.

Whilst we are all currently working remotely, your base location will either be London, MediaCityUK (Salford) or Glasgow. Please state your preferred location on your application. Assessment days will be held remotely. We can only accept applicants who already have the right to work in the UK. 

You also need to be over 18 by the time you start on the scheme, we have 2 available intake dates for this scheme, September 2021 and March 2022. You will be asked to tell us your preference for intake date during your application.

What are we offering?

  • £22,714 (outside London) and £27,319 (London) will be your starting salary, with an increase in your second year and a further increase as you move into your role after the scheme.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certifications.
  • The latest MacBook Pro to use for your work.
  • The opportunity to work on world-class digital products in a friendly, inclusive and collaborative environment.
  • The option to do rotations in a location other than your base location.
  • A dedicated mentor, often a colleague who has previously completed the scheme, who can help you with your personal development and career goals.
  • A dedicated scheme manager who is always on hand to assist you.
  • 26 days’ holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days.
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym membership and much more.


We are a diversity champion and we promote a good working environment for all existing and potential staff ensuring equal treatment for all of our employees. We have formed a partnership with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. Click here to view our vacancies in an accessible format. If you have a disability you will also have the option to go through our Extend Hub when you apply.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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