Engineering Sponsored Degree (Apprenticeship) - 2017 start

London & Salford
27 Sep 2016
27 Oct 2017
Start Date

No doubt you are reading this page because you may have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related topics. Perhaps you want to be an Engineer or Technologist. TV, Radio the Internet is a Science…fact! Without the creative innovations developed by leading Engineers of years gone by we wouldn’t have TV & Radio. Broadcasting is an industry that is varied from the creation of TV programmes like Doctor Who, Eastenders and live shows such as The Voice, BBC Proms and not to mention Glastonbury. There is also our regional and international output across TV and Radio services such as BBC Cymru Wales to our Latin American BBC Mundo services that are both broadcast by traditional means as well as over the internet.

The BBC enriches the lives of some 308 Million people across the world. This isn’t just any Engineering job. Engineering at the BBC is very special and the work that you can contribute to will have a human impact.

The BBC has been leading this sponsored degree to deliver the best Engineering Talent into the BBC as well as across the UK Media Industry. We have worked with Creative Skillset and UK universities such asBirmingham City University to develop this BEng degree programme that has been designed by the industry. We have a steering group chaired by the University of Salford and made up of the BBC, ITV, Babcock, Atos, Arqiva, BT Media & Broadcast and International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) – you will be working with the best in the industry. Jointly our steering group members ensure the scheme will continually deliver future talent for the industry.

60% of Engineers across Europe are within 10 years of retirement and technology changes at a rapid pace. The BBC needs to ensure we have enough Engineers trained to the highest standard to prevent us from falling off the air and to also pioneer and innovate the future!

There is a wealth of opportunity for you in Broadcasting, some of the roles you could transition to after you complete the scheme could be:

  • Broadcast Engineer                                                              
  • Project Manager
  • Junior TV Technologist                                                         
  • Junior Radio Technologist
  • Systems specialist                                                               
  • Editing Support Specialist
  • On-Air Graphics Engineering Specialist                                  
  • Newsgathering Technologist
  • Spectrum Planner                                                                
  • Outside Broadcast Engineer
  • Distribution Specialist                                                           
  • Production Systems Engineer
  • Junior API Platform Developer                                              
  • Database Systems Specialist

Engineering Salaries:

The pay is good too! Once qualified, you’ll be in a good position to offer your skills and talent to a wide range of media companies and you will be able gain an estimated starting salary in excess of £23k per year and dependant on your level of expertise and continual development throughout your career you can buy the dream car or have the wardrobe of your dreams in no time.

What’s the BBC offering?

3 Year paid sponsored degree that is a Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship – (It will be tough going)

You will work towards a BEng (Hons) degree in Broadcast Engineering taught and accredited by a UK University

£11,500 per annum training salary

Your university tuition fees paid by the BBC

A CV full of amazing work experience – See details below

What you need to apply:

300 UCAS points which you can calculate on the UCAS website

An A level (B grade or higher) or BTEC (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (i.e maths or another science) however, relevant experience may also be considered

A passion to understand how things work and solving problems and you’ll need to have done something that demonstrates your interest in technology

There’s no age restriction – As long as you satisfy the University entry requirements we will be able to take you (as long as you pass the interviews and assessments of course!)

And there’s more…

You need to be passionate about what we do, a problem solver, proactive, respectful, supportive team player, have attention to detail, not afraid to speak first, committed to lifelong learning and resilient to cope with undertaking work placements as well as a university degree at the same time.

We don’t ask for much do we….

Joint Industry Work Experience for this scheme:

We may fight for audiences but our industry partners have come together to tackle the critical people & skills shortage we face around engineering and technology. Our Apprentices will work across a variety of placements both within the BBC as well as with some of our partners who are:

  • Arqiva
  • ATOS
  • Babcock International
  • BBC (Various locations Nationwide)
  • BBC Cymru Wales
  • BBC Northern Ireland
  • BBC Scotland
  • BBC Studios & Post
  • British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)
  • Channel 4
  • CNN
  • Coronation St
  • Dock10 Studios
  • Emmerdale
  • Ericsson
  • Hat Trick Productions
  • ITV London Studios
  • ITV News
  • STV – Glasgow
  • Turner Broadcasting

You will work across the broadcasting chain covering Studios, Productions Systems, Operational Engineering (OBs, Control Rooms) as well as project engineering. Imagine what your CV will look like at the end of the scheme.

Where would I be based?

There are opportunities for you at our main broadcast centres across the UK with opportunities to work across England, Scotland and Wales. For those of you from Northern Ireland we would offer you a placement outside of NI but in your final year we would aim to accommodate you back in Northern Ireland if that was your preference. Ideally we will try out best to accommodate you close to home.

Apprentices are responsible for commuting to their main place of work. Cities we base some of our current apprentices are Cardiff, Glasgow, Salford, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Southampton and London.

You can find out more about the scheme by reading further, watching the video, following @BBCTrainees and emailing for the latest information.

Come and talk to us before applying?

The Engineering scheme requires a real commitment from you and we are happy for you to come and meet with us to discuss it in detail. During 2015 we will have Open Days at our BBC Sites in addition to attending some exhibitions. For more information on meeting us then please visit

When can I apply?

Applications for the Class of 2016 are now closed.

After you have applied and passed our initial checks you will be invited to complete an online maths assessment (this is to check that you will be able to cope with some of the maths you need for Broadcast Engineering), then after we have reviewed your suitability we will invite you in for an interview and assessment exercise.

Interviews and Assessments will be held from 11th to 22nd January 2016. We will provide you will details on what to expect closer to the time.

After you have had your assessment we will make the decision of who will make it into our Class of 2016. We will provide everyone with feedback on your interviewing performance. We will have limited spaces so you will need to make an impact when you get to interview stage.

Good Luck.

More about the scheme:

The scheme is managed and run by the BBC Academy with a dedicated Programme Manager and Coordinator who will looks after you throughout your time with us and to set your objectives and ensure you are developing fully. As part of this innovative Apprenticeship, you will study for an honours bachelor’s degree, with tailored courses in:

  • Computer networks, networking and IP distribution
  • Electrics, electronics, power and transmission
  • Software programming, computer graphics and databases
  • Audio and video signals and systems, processing and encoding

This will give you a world-class foundation in the theory of broadcast engineering.

You will have a main BBC base, but you will spend periods away on study or work placements. Through a series of academic modules and industrial experience we will prepare a new generation of Broadcast Engineers to help build and support the future of broadcasting. You’ll develop an excellent theoretical and practical understanding of operational and technical systems and equipment and their use in the fast-moving broadcasting industry.

To start with you may be based in technical support teams, working on shift with teams responsible for fixing and maintaining studios and equipment. By the end of three years you may be working on projects.

Applications for this scheme are now closed but please check back in the coming months for more information

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