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Broadcast and Media Systems Engineer Apprentice - Level 6

Birmingham, West Midlands
£19,500 and potential pay increases (plus £4,918 London Weighting)
Closing date
8 Dec 2022

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Job Introduction

Engineering in the BBC develops, supports and maintains the systems and infrastructure that keeps the BBC on air. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the next generation of media systems engineers helping the BBC to deliver content on TV, radio, online and other digital services. You’ll be working on unique challenges, hand in hand with the best creative minds in the UK.

Learn about technologies and systems for TV, radio and digital channels, and how they produce high-quality content that’s distributed around the world. And learn the industry standards for the set-up of broadcast communication systems, media content systems and IP networks. 

Develop the specialised skills to design, build and maintain the media production and broadcasting technologies and systems that take the BBC into the future.  

You’ll receive excellent training at your base, and at the BBC’s training centre, and through study at University achieve a BEng degree and apprenticeship qualification. It’s an exciting chance to get into the world of work, earn money, and gain a fully funded degree in media systems engineering.

  • Start Date: September 2023
  • Duration: 3 year programme  
  • Salary: £19,500 and potential pay increases (plus £4,918 London Weighting for those individuals who have London as their primary work base)
  • Locations: Birmingham/Evesham, London and Salford
  • Typically leading to: Permanent role as a Junior Systems/Junior Operations Engineer, Systems/Operations Engineer

Role Responsibility

Our central Technology Operations teams provide 24/7 broadcast, distribution and production technology support to our primary broadcast facilities in London as well as MediaCityUK, Manchester and the Midlands. Depending on where you’re based,  you will work on the front-line supporting TV and Radio Production networks, systems and devices that are behind our flagship services such as Radio 1, 1xtra, 2, 3, 4 and 5, BBC ONE, SIX and TEN News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Sport, BBC Childrens, World TV News, our 40 World Service Radio services, BBC London, Arabic and Persian TV services. The Team are also responsible for our Master Control rooms and Telecommunication network systems. You will be trained and developed to support our TV & Radio Studios and infrastructure and/or our Master Control Rooms.  

This scheme is aimed at growing the best creative technologists for broadcasting. You’ll undertake work placements in the BBC’s engineering team at your base in order to gain an understanding of the systems involved in the production and broadcast of BBC output, and the diverse technologies that make this possible. You will get the opportunity to undertake blended learning through a series of on line and face to face teaching blocks at University, including:

  • Audio and Vision Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering  
  • IP Networks
  • Computer Science  

Are you the right candidate?

Are you fascinated by how things work and love solving technical problems?

Do you love the idea of working at the BBC on the technical side of broadcasting?

Have you achieved, or due to achieve related A levels/Highers/BTecs or equivalent in Maths/Engineering, or related subjects?

We're not looking for work experience but we'll be asking for evidence that shows your passion for media technology.

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

  • Understanding of the role 
  • Communication 
  • Problem solving and logical thinking
  • Time management 
  • Collaboration 
  • Agility 
  • Resilience 

If you have these strengths, we can teach you the rest! 

Who we're looking for:

  • You will have achieved, or will expect to achieve by start of the scheme, Sept 2023, a minimum of 112 UCAS points (300 if before 2017). This will include a Maths A level/Higher, or an Extended BTEC in Engineering with Engineering Maths, or equivalent qualification.
  • In addition to this, other desirable A levels/Highers/BTecs include those in science or technology subjects, for example, Computer Science, Physics or Electronics.
  • Are you able to demonstrate a personal interest in the creative elements of media and technology? 

Package Description

  • A starting salary of £19,500 and potential pay increases (plus £4,918 London Weighting for those individuals who have London 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.
  • A Media Systems Engineering degree and apprenticeship qualification through University study
  • 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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