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Post Graduate Media Systems Engineer Apprenticeship - Level 7

Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London (newsgathering), Norwich, Salford
£23,842 plus £4,918 London Weighting for those individuals who are based in London
Closing date
9 Dec 2022

Job Details

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 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 achieve a Post Graduate and apprenticeship qualification. It’s an exciting chance to get into the world of work, earn money, and gain a fully funded post graduate degree in media systems engineering.

  • Start Date: September 2023
  • Duration: 30 month programme
  • Salary: £23,842 plus £4,918 London Weighting for those individuals who have London as their primary work base 
  • Typically leading to: Permanent role as a Junior Systems/Junior Operations Engineer or Systems/Operations Engineer
  • Locations:  Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London (newsgathering), Norwich, Salford (Broadcast and End User Technology) - 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 Glasgow please click HERE    

To apply for Norwich please click HERE

To apply for London (newsgathering) please click HERE   

To apply for Salford (Broadcast and End User Technology) please click HERE 

Role Responsibility

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 work with technical teams in the support and maintenance, planning, design, development, integration, commission and testing of broadcast systems.

You will get the opportunity to undertake blended learning through a series of on line and face to face teaching, including:

  • Network Technology
  • Studio and Broadcast Technology
  • Professional Development, Engineering Practice and Research
  • Signal Compression and Encoding
  • Broadcast Systems Integration 

Are you the right candidate?

Do you love thinking logically and finding creative technology solutions? Are you due to finish by Sept 23, or have already achieved a degree in a technology related subject?

You’ll love solving problems and seeing how things work. You’ll like having a go at fixing things, or designing and building things yourself. You’ll want to work for the BBC engineering teams and support programme makers who create content for our audiences  We're not looking for work experience but throughout the application process we'll be asking for evidence that shows your passion for technology.

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

  • Problem solving
  • Practical application
  • Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Proactivity
  • Resilience
  • Collaboration
  • Time management
  • Self-awareness

Who we're looking for:

  • Do you hold a degree (at least a 2:2 or equivalent) in Electronics, Computer Science or a closely related subject, or expect to achieve one by September 2023?
  • Is your academic achievement coupled with a high level of logical and mathematical reasoning skills?
  • Is your under graduate degree accredited by a professional body such as IET, IMechE? (desirable, not essential) 
  • Can you bring a sound knowledge of audio, video and broadcasting principles and an understanding of the demands of a broadcasting environment?
  • Are you able to demonstrate a personal interest in the creative elements of media and technology?

Package Description

  • £23,842 plus £4,918 London Weighting for those individuals who have London as their primary work base
  • 26 days of annual leave days (with the option to buy an extra 5 days)
  • A Post Graduate Engineer (Systems Integration) degree and apprenticeship qualification
  • Access to training and development across the BBC, including residential training at the BBC’s renowned training centre
  • Academic and developmental support with a dedicated BBC line manager supported by a Scheme Specialist at the BBC Academy
  • Work at a global media organisation, earn a competitive salary,  be part of a defined pension scheme and enjoy 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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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

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