Production Apprentice Scheme


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If you dream of working in media production but think that the BBC isn’t for you, then take a minute to find out a bit more about our Production Apprentice Scheme (PAS) and you might just change your mind.

The PAS could be for you if:

  • You are passionate about creating content for TV, radio and online through developing ideas or by thinking about how we capture sound and vision
  • You have bags of determination and drive and want to make the most of opportunities and challenges that come your way
  • You can demonstrate you have the potential to learn how to turn creative ideas into brilliant programmes
  • You are excited by the idea of a career in the broadcast industry

Sound familiar? Then do think of applying.

We are looking for applications from people from all walks of life – talented, creative people with their own voice, own ideas and perspectives. These people are the lifeblood of the BBC and our programme-making teams. 

About the Production Apprentice Scheme

The Production Apprentice Scheme is a 12-month scheme which combines placements in the workplace - embedded in our production teams across a wide range of TV, radio and online output - with college study and bespoke training from the BBC Academy.

Over the course of the year you will build a solid foundation of core production skills and also have the chance to specialise in one of three production areas:

Production Management: This is suited to people who have great organising and planning skills. Apprentices work towards a production management assistant role: learning about budgets, copyright, health and safety and scheduling staff and kit. They also develop an understanding of what the creative and technical teams need from the production process and help make it happen!

Craft Skills: The ability to demonstrate some technical knowledge and understanding is needed for people interested in this pathway. Apprentices work towards studio manager (Radio) or camera operator (TV) roles. Learning includes training in the technical skills required to, for example, run a radio studio or capture footage for a news story (TV or online).

Editorial: This pathway allows apprentices to work in our content-making teams towards a role as runner / junior researcher. This can involve coming up with and pitching programme ideas,  researching contributors / stories / locations, setting up shoots and running on the studio floor / on location.

What’s on offer?

  • A 12 month fixed-term contract paying £12,500 per year plus an additional allowance of £4,560 for those working in London. Training fees and all travel and accommodation expenses for training are covered.
  • The chance to work on a wide variety of programmes across TV, radio and online production. Past placements have included BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music, The One Show, Watchdog, Strictly Come Dancing, Let it Shine, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Live Music Events, BBC Learning and Children’s Sport - to name but a few.
  • Gold-standard industry training delivered by the BBC Academy from specialists and senior BBC and freelance production staff.
  • And later this year, as BBC Three begins its moves into its exciting new home in BBC Birmingham, we will also be offering some apprentices a very special training opportunity, dedicated to working on BBC Three. If you are interested in applying for this you will be invited to state a preference on the application form.

What do you need to apply?

A passion for producing and creating brilliant, diverse content, and a serious determination to make a career in the media is vital (this is not a gap-year activity).

You should be keen to learn and have the motivation, and ability, to combine working in a professional media environment with college study and additional training.

This scheme is an entry-level scheme aimed at those people with a maximum academic qualification of A-levels or equivalent. There is no minimum academic entry requirement. You do not need previous media experience, but the ability to demonstrate a keen and active interest in content, audiences (at the BBC and other broadcasters) and the media industry is a must.

You must be able to work flexibly as working at the BBC is not always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, job. You may also be required to move productions.

You will also be expected to demonstrate that you can work with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public. 

Production Apprenticeship (Level 3)

The BBC Academy is working with a London college to develop best-in-class courses to give apprentices a world-class foundation in production. This is a year-long programme where you will get to work on a range of content in the BBC, while studying towards a Level 3 apprenticeship.

Providing an excellent practical understanding of television, radio and online production processes, this apprenticeship will equip you with knowledge and experience that will place you well for applying for future production contracts.

Following an initial training period, you will then work in a production team on a placement / range of placements, with training at regular intervals in-between (usually in blocks of 1 or 2 weeks).

Along with your scheme manager, you will have a placement manager who will be responsible for your learning objectives and progress. You will be assessed on these objectives during the course of the placement.

At the end of the scheme there will be a series of final assessments, in both the core skills and the specialist pathway chosen.

Curriculum summary

Learning will be delivered via our partner college and through the BBC Academy. The key areas of study will include:

  • Understanding the end-to-end production processes – from programme idea to delivery
  • Research skills / how to write a research brief
  • Ideas development & pitching / how to write a treatment
  • Storytelling – How to identify and appeal to an audience
  • How to make a taster or trail
  • Technical basics including: operating recording equipment (cameras and mics), editing and manipulating A/V files, radio studio management
  • Media and metadata management 
  • Production paperwork
  • Content rights and copyright – an introduction
  • Using social media to support and enhance a programme
  • Industry ethics

Next year placements will be available across TV, radio and online production, including in:

  • Live programmes – you could be helping set up shoots or looking after guests on The One Show
  • Entertainment/events - you could be a runner on the next Children in Need or Strictly Come Dancing series
  • Drama - working as a runner on EastEnders or Holby City, or assisting the camera crew
  • Network Radio – for example, assisting the studio manager on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show or at the BBC Proms
  • BBC Radio 1/1Xtra - you could be coming up with content ideas for the Radio 1 website
  • Children’s – working as a runner or in production management for CBBC or CBeebies
  • Sport – you could be working across our television sports output, or on sports news and radio.

If working in one of the areas like those above sounds like something you would love to do then please don’t delay, apply for the Production Apprentice Scheme today! 

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