Production Management Apprenticeship Fast Track

14 Apr 2021
07 May 2021
Role Type
Start Date
18-24 months

Key information

Start Date: January 2022

Scheme duration: 20 months

Locations: England (Bristol, London, Salford, Birmingham), Wales (Cardiff), Scotland (Glasgow)

Typical roles following the scheme: Production Management Assistant / Production Coordinator

What will I do as part of the scheme?

If you’d love to be part of a team that makes compelling programmes in a wide range of styles and formats…from studio to live outside broadcasts; pre-recorded and live programmes across all radio genres, both speech and music; content for websites and games; apps and social media - TikTok, Insta; podcasts and working with independent programme makers…then this scheme could be just right for you.

As part of this 20 month scheme you will spend most of your time getting first-hand experience through a work placement in one our production management teams. The rest of the apprenticeship is made up of ‘off-the-job’ learning with our external Training Provider and working towards completion of a Level 4 apprenticeship qualification.

Your day-to-day your tasks will vary depending on what kind of production you’re working on, but they might include anything from booking crews for News & Current Affairs and working through the logistics of filming everywhere from the court room 5 miles down the road through to foreign countries such as Afghanistan to working out live timings, stopwatch in hand, in a radio studio or on location; standing in for celebs on quiz shows and panel games or ordering props for your production – anything from jazzy Strictly glitterballs to huge inflatable dinosaurs!

Wherever you’re on placement, and whatever you’re doing from day to day, this scheme will give you the understanding and hands-on experience of how the production process works, how content gets made, produced and broadcast, on time and to budget and the key role of the production management team in all of that!

Of course, along with setting up live and pre-recorded shows, securing locations/contributors and sourcing all kinds of props and permissions for programmes, your role will also include some, or maybe all, of the tasks that need to be undertaken in order for…MAKING THE PRODUCTION HAPPEN.

These tasks could be:

  • helping to prepare, and collating, all necessary information/documents for the production, including shooting schedules, crew, cast and contact lists
  • assisting with the compilation and distribution of daily call sheets
  • scheduling, organising and booking accommodation for artists, contributors and crew when required
  • organising and co-ordinating the travel and transport needs of the production
  • assisting in the studio/gallery
  • ensuring that all necessary and crucial production information is appropriately documented for easy reference; this includes post-production paperwork
  • booking kit, technical facilities and equipment, freelance crew, obtaining quotes from suppliers, purchasing props and negotiating deals in line with BBC guidelines and policies
  • managing petty cash and small budgets
  • liaising between the production and all contributing parties to ensure all deadlines are met
  • assisting your team to ensure all activities/recordings/filming take place safely and are risk assessed in line with Health & Safety Policy
  • being responsible for managing all production office functions and systems to include, but not limited to, office equipment and filing systems
  • co-ordinating and attending meetings with different production teams, suppliers and contributors
  • ensuring that permissions are secured and that contracts and licenses are correctly issued in line with BBC Policies and Regulations
  • managing and arranging IT requirements for production, to include but not limited to, BBC Logins with passwords, assets, computer software and printers

In your application form you will be able to select which content area you think you’d be most interested in/suited for. You can also select a preferred location. Your choices at this stage aren’t binding. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that your preference can be fulfilled, but, if you are successful, we will do our best to offer you a placement in your preferred base/area.

For the 2022/23 Media Production Coordinator Apprenticeship we plan to have placements in Sport (Salford); BBC Three (London); Children’s (Salford); Audio (Wales and across England incl. London); News (across the UK and London); BBC Studios – Factual Entertainment and Events; Science (London); Natural History Unit (Bristol); Factual Science (Glasgow); Factual (Salford); Multiplatform - TV, Radio and Online/Digital (Glasgow).

Remember, in your application, to mention anything that you think will help you to get a place on the scheme and do highlight any content areas that you’re particularly interested in or excited by.

So…if you’re genuinely excited about being part of a team that is vital to turning ideas into productions for our wide-ranging audiences and, if you’re passionate about planning and organising and making the things happen that lead to great TV, radio, online or social media content being created…don’t wait a second longer…apply!

Who are you?

It’s not qualifications that will get you a place on this scheme - there’s no academic entry requirement…What we’re after is people who have got potential and passion for making great content come to life and reach our audiences.

We’re not looking at where you’re from or where you’ve been, but we are excited about where you could be going. We’re interested in hearing your voice and your thoughts. If you think the BBC isn’t for someone like you, read on! And don’t rule yourself out of the running – your voice, life experiences and personal story might be just what we’re looking for!

If you’ve got some of the below, that’s a great start!

  • you’ve got a ‘can-do’ attitude and you’re resilient
  • you’re good at managing conflicting demands to meet deadlines
  • you’ve got great organisational skills
  • you know how to speak and engage with different kinds of people
  • you’ve got good time-management skills and self-scheduling abilities
  • you’re a great team-player - on this scheme, you will be placed on real programmes with our production management teams, learning and gaining experience every day; being in a professional environment you may be faced with some challenges along the way!
  • you can manage relationships effectively with all kinds of people and you can work collaboratively
  • you’re excited by, and enjoy, working with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public
  • you’re motivated and enthusiastic and able to work under your own initiative
  • you’re keen to learn and you have the motivation and ability to combine working in a professional media environment with apprenticeship study and additional training
  • you’re aware of BBC content and programmes as well as of content in the wider media industry
  • you’ve got an ear for a story and have ideas about content that resonates with the audience
  • you’re enthusiastic and flexible; you can adapt to the sometimes unpredictable pace of work, learning and production demands – working at the BBC isn’t always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job
  • you’ve got good attention to detail, even when working at speed
  • you are confident using Microsoft Word and are also able, perhaps, to use Excel and other applications
  • you may have some experience of working to, and managing, budgets
  • perhaps you have some experience of providing administrative support in a busy production, or office, environment and are able to work in pressurised and challenging situations
  • you may already have some experience in production management, as a production assistant or runner, and now you’ve decided that production management is the direction for you

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any/some or all of the above. If you do, please click ‘apply’ now!

If you already have a media/production degree or equivalent you will not be eligible for this scheme. We encourage you to take a look at our Production Management Advanced Apprenticeship.

We are unable to accept your application if you do not have the legal right to work in the UK.

What are we offering?

  • A starting salary of £14,400 per year (pro-rated), those based in London will receive £19,082 pa, followed by an annual increase
  • 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
  • Completion of a Level 4 Media Production Coordinator apprenticeship supported by an experienced and established training provider 
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more

Application process

  • You will complete an online application which will include a variety of questions around your interest in production management and what you can bring to the apprenticeship 
  • You may then be invited to a second stage application
  • If you get through this second stage, you may 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.


We are a diversity champion and we promote a good working environment for all existing and potential staff ensuring equal treatment for all of our employees. We have formed a partnership with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. 

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