Broadcast Operator Trainee Scheme - Northern Ireland

Belfast (County)
14 Apr 2021
07 May 2021
Start Date
12-18 months

Key information

Start date: January 2022

Scheme Duration: 18 Months Training Duration – Continuing Contract

Locations: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Typical roles following the scheme: Technical Operator, Camera/Broadcast Operator, Audio Operator

What to expect on your trainee scheme

Are you interested in the technical side of broadcasting?

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 trainee scheme you could be part of the next generation of technical operators in Belfast working on a variety of output from news to quiz shows.

Working alongside our journalists and programme makers the dedicated team of Broadcast Technical Operators make sure the broadcast equipment and technology side of our business runs smoothly. This trainee scheme is an exciting entry level opportunity to join the BBC, working at the front end of technical operating in the newsroom, studios, intake areas, galleries and out on location. You'll receive on the job training from our highly skilled technical operators across different areas, for example vision, sound and post production.

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

  • Camera Operations 
  • Radio and Television Sound Operations
  • Post Production/Picture Editing 
  • IP Operation
  • Shoot/ Edit Multi-skilled Operator
  • Floor Management
  • TV Vision Mixing
  • Media Managing

What we look for

This trainee scheme is all about being part of the action. You will need to demonstrate that you have practical experience in the technical operational environment, and we do want to see that your passion and drive to do this exciting and demanding work shines through in your application.

We would love to see examples of any transferable practical skills that you may have through a related hobby or interest, other extra-curricular activities and volunteering.

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

  • Practical application (including the ability to multitask)
  • Communication
  • Collaboration 
  • Agility
  • Time management
  • Self-awareness 
  • Resilience 
  • Problem solving

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

We’re looking for grades 9 to 4 (A-C) at GCSE in English and Maths or equivalent. You’re also likely to have gained or have completed by the start of the scheme, a technical media related subject as part of your learning.

You must currently hold documentation that gives you the legal right to work in the UK full time from January 2022 in order to be eligible for this scheme. You also need to be over 18 at time of starting in January.

If you have a disability and would like your application to go through the Extend Hub you will be able to select this option when you apply.

What are we offering?

  • A salary of £21,216 per year (pro-rated).
  • 25 days holiday a year with an option to buy or sell days to suit you. 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 specialists and senior BBC technical staff.
  • A mentor to support and guide you during your training.
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
  • Access to BBC staff networks. Our networks are open to everyone and provide an effective way to reflect and understand the communities we serve.

Application process

  • You will complete an online application which will include a variety of questions around your interest in Broadcast Operations and what you can bring to the trainee scheme. 
  • If we like what we see, you’ll be invited to complete a game based assessment.
  • If you are invited to the next stage, you will be invited to record a short video interview. 
  • If you are invited to the next and final stage, you will be asked to attend an Assessment Day.

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 outcome of your application.


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