Broadcast & Communications BEng (Hons) Engineering Higher Apprenticeship – Industry Sponsored Degree

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An industry-designed three year Broadcast and Communications Engineering apprenticeship where you work towards a BBC-funded BEng (Hons) degree. This is delivered in a block release at university while also undertaking industry work placements with the BBC and other UK-based broadcast and technology organisations.

Where: UK-wide (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Salford). Induction and training may be delivered away from base.

When: 34 month contract starting in September 2017.

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+).

  • You need a minimum of 120 UCAS (2017 Tariff) Credits which must include maths and another science (or equivalent), or
  • 120 UCAS credits undertaking a BTEC or City and Guilds Extended qualification in Electronics, Computer Science or other relevant technology based qualification.
  • Please note that we are unable to accept applications from those that already hold a degree.

During the interviews and assessments you will be assessed for maths and your technical understanding.

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

What happens if you are 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, which will prepare you for working within a global organisation.

The university degree is condensed into 33 weeks of teaching and distributed to 11 weeks a year. We will provide you with additional personal private study time between university weeks.

Details of the degree qualification can be found at Birmingham City University 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 the broadcast chain from our TV/Radio Studios and Outside Broadcasts through to the playout, delivery and transmission of 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 and guide you throughout the three year scheme.

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

In your final year, either the BBC or one of our industry partners will sponsor you to undertake your BEng Major Project and Dissertation. You will work on a real life industry problem or research future technologies. Also in this final year we will work with you in readiness for your next adventure as you prepare to depart the scheme and apply for new posts.

The scheme is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (The IET). You will gain student membership during the three years of the scheme. We also support you in working towards ICTTECH Accreditation.

We have worked with Birmingham City University, the University of Salford and Creative Skillset as well as our industry partners to design and develop the university degree.

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

  • This industry designed scheme is fully-funded.
  • You will qualify with a BEng (Hons) degree.
  • You will benefit from the various work placements as you rotate across TV/Radio Studios, Broadcast Production System Support, Operational and Outside Broadcast Engineering (including Master Control Rooms) and Broadcast Project Engineering areas.

You will have the opportunity to work with not only the BBC, but also:

  • Arqiva
  • ATOS      
  • Babcock International    
  • BBC Cymru Wales    
  • BBC Northern Ireland    
  • BBC Scotland      
  • BBC StudioWorks    
  • BBC Worldwide      
  • British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)  
  • CNN
  • Coronation St
  • Dock10 Studios
  • Emmerdale
  • Ericsson
  • Hat Trick Productions
  • ITV London Studios
  • ITV Regional News
  • STV – Glasgow
  • Turner Broadcasting

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.

  • Broadcast and/or Communications/ Engineer
  • Junior Outside Broadcast Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Junior TV/Radio Technologist
  • Systems Specialist
  • Editing Support Specialist
  • Newsgathering Technologist
  • Spectrum Planner
  • Distribution Specialist/Manager
  • Broadcast Production Systems Specialist
  • Junior API Platform Developer
  • Database Systems Specialist

Who we’re looking for

You need to 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, Physics, Electronics, Systems Development and Design or Computer Sciences.

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.