Production Advanced Trainee Scheme


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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
£22,442 (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729 for London based roles)
Belfast, Birmingham, Dumbarton, London and Salford
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Training, Trainees & Apprentices
BBC Region / Division:
Human Resources
BBC Business Unit:
HR - L&D incl New Talent

Package Description

The headlines

The BBC’s Production Advanced Scheme is well-established as a ‘gold-standard’ start in the industry. If you’re bursting with creative ideas you want to turn into great TV, radio, online or social media content, this scheme could be the first step in your career. You don’t need academic qualifications for this trainee scheme, we’re looking for individuals with potential and a passion for making great content.

Start date: September 2022

Duration: 18 months

Salary: £22,442 (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729 for London based roles)

Places available on scheme: 6

Locations: England (London, Salford, & Birmingham), Northern Ireland (Belfast), and Scotland (Dumbarton)

Typically Leading to: a role as a Junior Researcher, Researcher or Assistant Producer (Radio)

Job Introduction

What you’ll get

During your scheme

  • A starting salary of £22,442 (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729)
  • A flexible 35-hour working week, 25 days of annual leave days (with the option to buy an extra 5 days), and a defined pension scheme. Plus discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
  • A dedicated Team Manager and Scheme Specialist to help with your development
  • Training and mentoring by industry experts
  • Access to our in-house Academy, which hosts a range of internal and external courses.

At the end of your scheme

  • The chance to apply for internal vacancies at the BBC

Main Responsibilities

What you’ll be doing

Work as part of a BBC production team making world-class content for our audiences on radio, TV or digital in an area that interests you.

Build hands-on editorial experience, from coming up with an idea, pitching, creating the content through to broadcast.

Learn how the production process works from start to finish, including research, finding contributors for shows, setting up filming shoots and audio recordings in studio or on location, gaining experience in recording and editing audio or video, creating call sheets, making bookings and admin tasks.

Get BBC Academy training delivered by experienced trainers in using cameras, audio recording, editing and creating content.

Be supported by experts in their field from the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world.

This trainee scheme can offer the following location(s) across the UK enabling you to work within distinct areas of our organisation. You will be required to indicate your preference on the application form.

BBC Sport, Belfast

Based in Belfast with BBC Sport Northern Ireland you will have the opportunity to build experience working across TV, Radio and Digital. We cover a wide range of men’s and women’s sport including football, Gaelic games and rugby. You can expect to be involved in creating digital content for the website and social media channels, as well as working on audio programmes and podcasts such as Sportsound on BBC Radio Ulster and The GAA Social on BBC Sounds

BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle, Belfast

You’ll be at the beating heart of some of the non-stop programmes that ensure the multi-award winning BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle is one of the UK’s best performing and most loved radio stations. We deliver a diverse range of mainly speech based output to audiences, covering news, current affairs, ethics, consumer, gardening, farming and lifestyle, from The Nolan Show to Sunday with Steven Rainey. Based in Belfast, you’ll join the team on one or more of these programmes to create unmissable live and recorded radio and digital content for social media and BBC Sounds.

BBC Current Affairs, Birmingham

You will be working on We Are England on BBC One. This new series delivers a different, unheard perspective on life across England for BBC One Current Affairs. The new series takes a broad and story led approach to current affairs, exploring issues that matter to the audience through a human lens. We take the audience on a deep-dive into the issues that matter to the people of England, telling stories that are deeply local but of national interest. You will be part of a team making 60 hours of film content every year for BBC One and iPlayer.

BBC Studios Continuing Drama, Dumbarton

Based in Dumbarton, you will be working on Scotland’s favourite long-running drama series, River City which is a multi-award-winning portrait of the lives of ordinary Glaswegians. You can expect to be involved in all aspects of how the production office works from officer runner to junior coordinator to script coordinator, production coordinator and production manager. You will be involved in all aspects of production on the show and will be given a broad range of tasks and experiences to equip you for your future career.

BBC Studios Entertainment & Music Productions, London and Salford

The autumn and winter period is a very exciting time in the world of Music and Entertainment. We produce high profile, fast paced and exciting titles for broadcast across all BBC Channels in both London and Salford. These programmes include Strictly, Strictly It takes two, Later with Jools, Mercury Music Prize, Top of the Pops Christmas and New Year, The Hootenanny, New Year’s Eve Live, The Weakest Link, Question of Sport, Children in Need and Comic Relief. It is a great opportunity to work with the teams and learn how the programmes come together and be part of helping to deliver amazing content that will give you a great understanding of live studio and pre-recorded programmes, location filming, big events in different locations and working with talent, production managers and producers who will be able to guide you along the path to learning how TV Production really works. Also don’t forget that it is a fun and welcoming genre of TV with plenty of glitz and glam too.

Take a look at the job description for more details about the role.

Are you the right candidate?

Who we’re looking for

To be eligible for this trainee scheme, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over when the scheme starts in September 2022
  • Have Maths and English GCSEs or Standard (Scotland) at 9-4 (A-C) or equivalent.
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK

This scheme will not be relevant to you if you have had continuous paid production work in the media industry or work at the BBC for longer than 12 months.

You’ll need to demonstrate you:

  • Have fresh, creative ideas and are excited by new content
  • Are committed to getting unheard voices and untold stories onto the BBC
  • Are resilient, responsible and can deal with new challenges
  • Have a keen interest in the BBC and want to be a part of its future
  • Are enthusiastic, motivated, and self-starting
  • Have ambition and thrive working in a fast-paced environment
  • Are flexible and adaptable

Don’t worry if you don’t have an extensive CV. It’s not qualifications that will get you a place on this scheme. You may have some experience of running an online blog, working in community radio, or creating short films; but what’s more important to us is your passion to work at the BBC. Whether your ideas to move, inspire and excite audiences lie in radio, TV, podcasts, digital or social media, we’d love to hear them.

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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