Production Trainee Scheme

England (London, Birmingham, Salford), Northern Ireland
14 Apr 2021
07 May 2021
Start Date
12-18 months

Key information

Start Date: January 2022

Scheme Duration: 18 months

Locations: England (London, Birmingham, Salford), Northern Ireland 

Typical roles following the scheme: Junior Researcher, Researcher, Assistant Producer (radio)

What will I do as part of the scheme?

Combining on-the-job, first-hand experience with bespoke BBC Academy training, you’ll be embedded in one our content teams and working alongside industry professionals.

A place on this scheme is a chance to bring your ideas and stories to the table. Whether your passions lie in radio, TV, podcasts, digital or social media, if you’ve got ideas and stories to move, excite or challenge the audience we want to hear them!

Coming up with, producing and delivering great content is at the very heart of the BBC and we want you to be part of that mission.

During the 18-month scheme you will develop a solid understanding and knowledge of the production process, from the conception of an idea through to it landing with its audience.

You could be working in a range of content areas in England or Northern Ireland, but, wherever you are, you’re likely to work with your production team across a range of editorial tasks, such as research, finding contributors, locations, props; learning how to develop and pitch ideas; setting up audio recordings/filming shoots; creating call sheets; running on shoots in studio or on location; gaining experience in technical/craft skills such as filming, editing audio or pictures, making podcasts; admin and logistics tasks; booking transport; crews and kit etc.

Production trainees talk about their experiences

Who are you?

What we’re looking for is people who are bursting with ideas they’d love to bring to life. You may have a little experience already, though that doesn’t have to be in a professional environment (and can’t be more than 12 months continuous paid production work). The main things we’re looking for are potential and passion. Perhaps you can demonstrate this through projects you’ve done independently, for example, like running an online blog, getting involved in local radio or creating short films to share with friends and family.

But…demonstrating your passion isn’t limited to just being able to showcase your talents with such activities…Go on, tell us what makes you a creative individual and why the BBC needs you to help shape the content we deliver to our wide-ranging audiences. You might even have some great ideas about how we can reach new audiences.

The main thing we’re interested to learn is how content, and being creative, features in your life and where this passion might take you in a professional media environment.

To be accepted onto the scheme you do not need any academic qualifications.

Please apply if some of the below describe you:

  • you’re committed to getting unheard voices and previously untold stories to BBC audiences online, through audio, TV or social media
  • you’re bursting with fresh, new ideas and are especially excited by podcast or digital content
  • you have a voice that you feel is not currently being heard on the BBC
  • you have opinions on how you think the BBC can connect better with its audiences
  • you have an understanding of the BBC, its content and place in the wider industry, and you want to ensure its future with bold and brave content
  • you have ambition and the drive to make the most of new opportunities, as well as the resilience to tackle new challenges
  • you have heaps of enthusiasm and are able to work flexibly within a fast-paced production team where working isn’t always 9 to 5, Monday to Friday

For the 2022/23 Production Trainee Scheme placements are due to include; Sport (Salford); BBC Three (Birmingham); Children’s (Salford); Audio (London and other bases across England); various content areas in Northern Ireland. Please do bear this information in mind when completing your application and remember to highlight your passion for a particular content area!

This scheme will not be relevant to you if you have had continuous paid production work in the media industry or work at the BBC for longer than 12 months.

What are we offering?

  • A salary of £21,216 per year (pro-rata)
  • 25 days holiday a year. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year
  • Gold-standard industry training delivered by the BBC Academy from specialists and senior BBC and freelance production staff
  • 18 months on-the-job experience in one of our content areas in TV, radio, digital or social media content. You’ll also be getting BBC Academy training in using cameras; editing; recording and editing audio; making content for social media
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more
  • The chance to apply for internal vacancies at the end of your trainee scheme

Application process

  • The key thing to demonstrate in your application is why you want to work at the BBC and why we need you and your ideas. Don’t forget to think about which of the content areas you might be most interested in
  • There are a number of different stages in the application process which begin with a variety of questions to help us get to know you a little better and to understand more about why you would like to be on this scheme
  • If the scheme seems like it could be right for you, we will invite you to answer some further questions, following which you may be asked to attend an Assessment Day
  • On the assessment day we will have a chance to meet in person (or virtually) and you’ll have an opportunity to get a better feel for what it’s like to work at the BBC and whether this scheme could, indeed, be right for you

Due to the volume of applications it is a long process, and it could be up to three months until you hear from us about the final outcome of your application.


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