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Technical Operator Apprenticeship - Level 4

Birmingham, Salford, Hull, Jersey, Cardiff, London, Nottingham
£19,500 plus £4,918 London & Jersey Weighting
Closing date
8 Dec 2022
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Job Introduction

Are you interested in the technical side of broadcasting ?

Do you want to get hands on experience while gaining a qualification?

The BBC’s Broadcast services are at the heart of communities across the UK; telling stories that matter to people, on TV, radio, online and via our wider digital services. Through this apprenticeship opportunity, you could be part of the next generation of highly skilled Technical Operators.

Working alongside our journalists and programme makers are a dedicated team of operators who make sure the broadcast equipment and technology side of our business run smoothly.  This Apprenticeship is an exciting entry level opportunity to join the BBC in towns and cities across the country; working at the front end of technical operating in sound and/or vision in the newsroom ingest hubs, galleries, studios, post production areas, and out on location.

We have places for these areas across the country including London, please read on to find out more!

We are also offering one place working with our Post Production Archives team in London. Archives Technology & Services transforms and digitises media to preserve vital BBC legacy content. You will be making archive content available on digital platforms through the creation, quality assurance and delivery of files from film, video and audio assets.  

  • Start Date: September 2023
  • Duration:  22 month programme 
  • Salary: £19,500 plus £4,918 London & Jersey Weighting for those individuals who have London or Jersey as their primary work base
  • Typically leading to: Permanent role as a Technical Operator, Audio Assistant or Operations Technician  
  • Locations: Birmingham, Cardiff, Hull, Jersey, London (Archives and Audio), Nottingham, Salford - Please apply for your chosen location/s using the links below: 

To apply for Birmingham please click HERE       

To apply for Cardiff please click HERE 

To apply for Hull please click HERE     

To apply for Jersey please click HERE     

To apply for London (Archives and Audio) please click HERE         

To apply for Nottingham please click HERE    

To apply for Salford please click HERE    

Role Responsibility

You will gain the following skills via a combination of practical, classroom and on line learning at University, and via on the job ‘learning by doing’ at your BBC base, supplemented by first class training at the BBC training site.

On successfully completing this level 4 apprenticeship, you may wish to progress your career-path into the following specialisms:

  • Camera Operations/Floor Management
  • TV Vision Mixing
  • Radio Sound Operations
  • Technical Directing
  • Sound & Vision Editing
  • Shoot/ Edit Multi-skilled Operator
  • Ingest and Library functions 

Are you the right candidate?

You don't need to have previous work experience, however we would love to see examples of transferable practical skills through extra-curricular activities and volunteering.

Throughout the application process, you will be assessed on the following:

  • Interest in technical production
  • Good communication skills
  • Problem solving strengths
  • Time management ability
  • Collaborative thinking
  • Ability to be agile
  • Resilience
  • Self-awareness

As long as you have these skills, we can teach you the rest!

Package Description

  • A starting salary of £19,500 and potential pay increases (plus £4,918 London & Jersey Weighting for those individuals who have London or Jersey as their primary work base)
  • A flexible 35-hour working week, 26 days of annual leave days (with the option to buy an extra 5 days), and a defined pension scheme.
  • L4 Apprenticeship qualification in Post Production Technical Operations
  • Excellent hands on training and development at your base
  • Residential training at the BBC’s well established training centre
  • Academic and developmental support with a dedicated BBC line manager supported by a Scheme Specialist at the BBC Academy
  • Be part of a world renowned global media organisation with a competitive salary, defined pension scheme and a range of discounts including dental, health care and gym membership

Application Process

During the application process we want to learn more about your skills and interests. For further information about the application process please click here

Support with your application:

We are proud to be a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply or interview for a role with the BBC please visit our Early Careers Recruitment page

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster

We’re impartial and independent, and every day we create distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world.

We do this across:

  • A portfolio of television services, including the UK’s most-watched channel BBC One, the pioneering online-only youth service BBC Three, and our multi award-winning channels for children, as well as national and regional television programmes and services across England. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Ten UK-wide radio networks, providing the best live music broadcasting in the UK, as well as speech radio which informs, educates and entertains. We also have two national radio services each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands, providing an invaluable and unique service to listeners across the UK
  • Our digital services including BBC News, Sport, Weather CBBC and CBeebies, iPlayer and BBC Sounds, BBC Red Button and our vast archive
  • BBC World Service television, radio and online on more than 40 languages

Established by a Royal Charter, the BBC is principally funded through the licence fee paid by UK households. Our role is to fulful our mission and promote our Public Purposes.

Our commercial operations including BBC Studios, the BBC’s award-winning production company and world-class distributor, provide additional revenue for investment in new programming and services for UK audiences.

The BBC's Board ensures that we deliver our mission and public purposes which are set out in the Charter. The Executive Committee is responsible for day-to-day management. We are regulated by Ofcom.

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