R&D Industrial Trainee Placement

This trainee scheme is now closed.

Whether it’s noise-cancelling microphones in the 1930s, the first transatlantic television transmission in the 1950s, Ceefax in the 1970s, digital radio in the 1990s and HD TV in the 2000s, or the challenge to ‘broadcasting’ brought about by the internet and interactive media, BBC Research & Development has led the way with innovative technology and collaborative ways of working.

And while the age of the internet continues to affect the broadcast industry, re-interpreting the very term “broadcasting” and providing new ways of watching and listening, R&D remains at the heart of the BBC’s commitment to innovate, and its mission to inform, educate and entertain. Our teams include some of the world’s top experts on audio, video, distribution and web technologies, and we collaborate with academia and industry around the world to shape the future of media.

Find out more at the BBC R&D website.

Programme structure

The Industrial Trainee programme lasts 6-12 months and you'll be given one or more projects to complete in that time. The project you're given will depend on the skills you bring and how they match the available projects.

You could be working on hardware or software development in areas such as audio and video signal processing, computer vision, video coding, IP and broadcast distribution, or the development of new kinds of user experience including interactive and immersive content. You could also become involved with implementation – working with BBC professionals to put technology developments into practice in the organisation.

You'll receive on the job training and be supported in your project work by an experienced supervisor. As an Industrial Trainee you are recruited on a fixed term basis. This means that, at the end of the traineeship, your employment will normally come to an end. You would then be free to apply for suitable positions in BBC R&D as they arise, or to return to further study or research. Some of our previous Industrial Trainees have successfully applied to become Trainee Research Technologists and have continued their careers in BBC R&D

Salary and benefits

We offer a starting salary of around £16,000 (outside London) or £20,000 (inside London). Trainees will also be eligible for 25 days' annual leave and a range of flexible benefits.

Requirements for applicants

The Industrial Trainee scheme is suitable for you if:

• You're currently studying a science or engineering subject at undergraduate or postgraduate level and are looking for an industrial placement for a sandwich year or gap year.

• You're considering a career change and would like to extend your skills and experience in developing media technology on a no-strings basis.

• You're not from a 'traditional' academic background but have a passion for technology and innovation and would like to extend your existing skills and experience.

Our trainees typically have, or are studying for, a degree – but not always. We're keen to hear from you if you have appropriate knowledge and experience gained outside academia.

Find out more about the scheme on R&D’s careers pages.