Broadcast & Communications Operator Apprenticeship

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An industry-designed 22 month Broadcast and Communications Operator Apprenticeship. Level 3 Extended City & Guilds in Digital Technology fully funded by the BBC. Delivered as block release at our partner college whilst undertaking work placements across BBC broadcast and production technical and operational teams.

Where: UK-wide (Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich, London, Salford, Jersey). Induction and Training will be away from base.

When: 22 month contract starting in September 2017.

What are the specific areas you will work in?: TV/Radio Studio Operations, Media Management, Outside Broadcast Operation, Newsroom Production, Camera and Sound Control, Vision Mixing, Editing and 1st line Technical Support.

What you need to apply:  The scheme is open to anyone who is 18+ at time of commencing employment in September 2017 (You can start applying at 17+).

  • We require at least 5 GCSE (Nationals) at grades A*-C or equivalent (including Maths and English/Welsh/Gaelic, as well as a relevant Science (like Physics or Computer Sciences).
  • There is no upper age limit and we would welcome applications from those have been working in a similar role
  • Please note we are unable to accept applications from those who already hold a degree, HNC, HND or equivalent.

Salary:  BBC Apprentices start at £12,500 (£17,015 including London Weighting). There are annual increments.

What happens if I am selected?

On successfully getting though the interview and assessments you will commence the scheme in September 2017. On joining you will be warmly welcomed into one of the world’s leading public service broadcasters and prepared for work within a global organisation.

The college sessions are condensed into 21 weeks and assignments will be undertaken whilst on work placement. We complement this with five weeks of broadcast craft training at the BBC Wood Norton training facility, where BBC staff have been trained since the 1940s. We will provide you with additional personal private study time between college weeks.

Details of the City and Guilds qualification can be found at City and Guilds website.

Work placements are hosted within the area of your appointed BBC ‘home’ base. Work placements are typically 13 weeks and you will gain exposure and experience working across operational teams at our TV/Radio Studio facilities, Media Management Teams, and technical and operational crews to support and enable the delivery of BBC content to local, national and global audiences.

You will be under the guidance and direction of the Scheme Manager. You will also benefit from an industry leading network of experienced broadcast professionals who will be there to support, guide and mentor you throughout the 22 month scheme.

During this time, you will be expected to contribute fully in the varying roles and responsibilities on each work placement period.

Towards the end of the scheme, we will work with you in readiness for your next adventure as you prepare to depart the scheme and apply for new future posts within the Broadcast & Communications sector in either craft, operational or technology based roles.   

We have worked with Newcastle College and Creative Skillset as well as our industry partners to design and develop this apprenticeship.

During the interview/assessment stage, you will be assessed for Maths, technical and creative operational ability. 

Why should I apply for it and what future careers could it lead me into?

  • This industry-designed scheme is fully funded.
  • You will leave with a City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Digital Technologies.
  • The BBC Academy will provide you with additional craft training.
  • You will benefit from the various work placements as you rotate across broadcast and production based technical teams.

The purpose of the UK broadcast engineering and communications sector is to design, create and manage broadcast systems in the production, post production and distribution of media content.

The Broadcast Engineering and Communications sector encompasses a number of diverse and specialist job roles and, continuing your Masters level studies can lead you onto some of these future roles:

  • Broadcast and Communications Broadcast Engineering Apprentice
  • Media Asset Manager
  • Multi skilled Studio Technical Operator
  • Vision Mixer
  • Junior Technical TV Director
  • Junior Radio Studio Director
  • Sound Engineer
  • Audio and Sound Editor
  • Multi-skilled Outside Broadcast Operator
  • Shoot/Edit Operator 

Who we're looking for

You need to demonstrate excellent attention for detail, be a creative problem solver also showing a passion in both the creative and technical aspects of broadcasting. You should typically have a keen and active interest in either Broadcast & Media related technologies, Maths and the production of audio and video content.

In addition to the above you need to be flexible, a supportive team player, responsive to the needs of those around you, logical and inquisitive at a technical level and passionate about what we do and our audiences.

How applications work

You can start applying for the 2017 schemes from 24 October 2016 and applications will close on 6 January 2017.

We do not accept CVs, instead during your online application you will complete a BBC Careerhub profile. You will need to provide a written statement of why you think you are suitable for the role and there will be a series of situational judgment multiple choice questions for you to answer.

If you progress to the next stage you will then be invited in for an assessment centre which takes place in Birmingham around February 2017.

The BBC welcomes applications from individuals from all different backgrounds (i.e. social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief).

The BBC welcomes applications from people with disabilities. For more information about the support we can provide during the application process and while you are on our new talent schemes please go to the Extend Hub.

We aim to inform all candidates whether they are successful or not by end of March 2017. 

Get in events

It may help your application if you attend one of our Get In events.

At these events, you will learn about what we have to offer and we will also provide you with some useful tips and guidance for a successful application. You will also have the opportunity to hear from some of our current apprentices and trainees and the scheme manager.

For information, hints and tips please follow us @BBCGetIn.