Production Trainee Scheme


This scheme is now closed for applications for 2017 entry. Please follow @BBCGetIn for news of future schemes. Many thanks, the New Talent Team.

About the Production Trainee Scheme

The BBC’s Production Trainee Scheme (PTS) is the media industry’s gold-standard production traineeship.

This scheme could be for you if: 

  • You are bursting with programme ideas
  • You have opinions on how the BBC connects with its audiences
  • You have a voice that you feel isn’t currently being heard on the BBC
  • You have the drive and ambition to grasp the opportunities and experiences that will come your way over the 11 months

We are looking for people from any and every walk of life who have the skills and potential to join our programme-making teams and help us create exciting, innovative and ground-breaking content.

Through work placements in our production teams, and bespoke BBC Academy training, this scheme offers you the chance to develop a range of knowledge and experience that will prepare you for junior positions on a broad range of our TV, radio and online output.

This is not a scheme where we recruit on academic qualifications and ability. What we are looking for are driven and dedicated people who want to learn how to turn their creative ideas into brilliant programmes.  

What’s on offer?

An 11-month fixed term contract paying £20,800 per annum plus a London allowance of £4,560 for those based in the capital.

We also cover travel and accommodation expenses during training periods.

First-class training delivered by the BBC Academy from training specialists and senior BBC and freelance production staff.

The chance to work on a wide variety of programmes across TV, radio and online production. Past placements have included opportunities at BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, Live Music Events and the Natural History Unit - to name but a few.

Later this year, as BBC Three begins its move into its exciting new home in BBC Birmingham, we will also be offering some trainees 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 you need to apply?

This scheme is not suitable for absolute beginners. The ability to demonstrate some solid evidence of your interest in programme-making and creating content is a must. We want creative and passionate people with great ideas and masses of potential.

You must also be able to show that you have an understanding of audiences across a range of BBC platforms and across other channels

If you have had continuous paid production work in the media industry, or at the BBC, for longer than 12 months then you need to consider whether this might be the right scheme for you as it may duplicate training and experience that you have already had.

There is no academic entry requirement. The three main criteria we recruit on are creativity, potential and drive.

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 every few months and may spend at least one of your placements in a BBC production centre away from your main base.

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

What if I am disabled and I have access requirements? What should I do next?

Contact the BBC Resourcing Team if you have any concerns before, or during, the application stage including pre-assessments, assessments and interviews. The resourcing team will be more than happy to assist and offer guidance.

For example, our online application may not be compatible with your assistive technology software at home; we therefore would be able to provide you with assessment tools in alternative formats. Or for a deaf person instead of a telephone interview we could explore other options such as using a qualified sign language interpreter, FaceTime or Skype.

It is recommended for you to declare your disability at the beginning of your application process. From that point, you will be directed to the Extend Hub.

Prior to your interview, the Resourcing team will be in touch to make enquiries relating to your access requirements, if any. The BBC’s Disability Access Service (who are specialists in supporting disabled candidates/employees with their access requirements) will then facilitate your interview and if successful, your placement(s).

We appreciate that disabled people, even those with the same disability, have different needs.

Our aim is very simple: to ensure you have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience whilst applying for a job opportunity at the BBC; beginning with your application right through to your interview, and everything-in-between.

Please be assured that we are working hard to make sure that the overall recruitment process is disability-friendly.

Further information 

  • Watch the film of our past Get In events and find out more about the scheme.
  • If you're interested in learning more about making programmes, visit the BBC Academy website.
  • For the latest information on trainee and apprenticeship schemes, along with hints and tips for your application, please follow @BBCGetIn
  • If you want to find out more about how the Production Trainee Scheme works visit our FAQ.

To be alerted when the scheme goes live:

  • Log on to current vacancies page
  • Enter the term ‘Production Trainee’ into the search box
  • Pick ‘schemes’ from the drop down list of contracts
  • Hit 'search jobs' and follow the prompt to sign up for a job alert