Production Management Apprenticeship Advanced

Salford, Greater Manchester
14 Apr 2021
07 May 2021
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

Welcome to the Level 7 Creative Industries Production Manager apprenticeship, and a brilliant opportunity to take a step up the production management ladder and onto your next role. Ideal for anyone currently working as a production coordinator, or in production accounting, be that in TV, audio, theatre or online content. If you’re eager and ready to develop your skills and get cracking on the next part of your career plan, this could be just right for you.

Key information

Start date: January 2022

Scheme duration: 2 years

Location: Salford

Typical roles following the scheme: Junior Production Manager/Production Manager

What will I do as part of the scheme?

Over the course of this two year scheme, via placement in one of our production teams, along with formal learning with our experienced external training provider, you’ll get a broad range of ‘on-the-job’ first-hand experience and ‘off-the-job’ development - all designed to help you build on your existing skills and knowledge and prepare you for the next stage of your professional journey.

If you’re excited by that prospect, and by the chance to play a part in shaping what the BBC brings to its audiences going forward, we’d really love to hear from you.

And we’d love for you to join this production management apprenticeship. If you’re eager and excited to share your thoughts and ideas on how to make content come to life and if making things happen – on time and on budget, of course – is something you thrive on, then please apply!

In particular, if you think the BBC isn’t your cup of tea, please, give us a chance – in fact, tell us what we could be doing differently and how we could be reaching our audiences better! Getting a place on the scheme will give you the opportunity to do just that!

By the time you finish your apprenticeship, as well as a Level 7 apprenticeship qualification, you will also have gained experience in a wide range of the operational and organisational aspects of the production manager role and the associated responsibilities of the production schedule and budget. This includes learning production workflow processes from pre-production to delivery of the final content, as well as how to manage and lead teams. By the time you’ve finished, you’ll be well-equipped to apply for a broad choice of (junior) production management positions.

Whilst you’re on the scheme your tasks could include:

  • managing the preparation, and collating, of all necessary information/documents for the production, including schedules, crew, cast and contact lists, scripts
  • devising a schedule that ensures enough time is allocated for all aspects of the production process
  • managing elements of the budget; managing some junior team members
  • offering solutions to the editorial team on how to achieve the vision, whilst tailoring the ideas to fit a tariff; continued reviewing, and revising, of budgets and suggesting changes to hit available funding and delivery deadlines.
  • overseeing junior team members to ensure that recordings/ shoots and edits; hiring in kit, completing call-sheets, booking editors etc are all arranged within schedule and budget
  • working with your team to manage the production’s resources, including staff
  • working with production teams and Health and Safety advisors to ensure all filming/activities take place safely and are risk assessed
  • driving innovation and change and ensuring continuous improvements are implemented throughout the production process
  • being the link between the production and post-production/external partners etc.

For the 2022/23 Level 7 apprenticeship we plan to have placements in BBC Children’s (Salford). If working in Children’s is something that especially appeals to you, don’t forget to mention this in your application.

Who are you?

What we’re looking for is bags of potential and your drive and passion for making great content happen. If you’ve loved your production management experiences so far and you can’t wait to move onwards and upwards, then definitely apply!

A production management team helps turn ideas into reality and this scheme could do the same for you.

If some, or any, of the below sounds like you, please apply.

You are:

  • highly motivated and eager to share thoughts and perspectives that you think aren’t currently represented at the BBC
  • bursting with fresh, new ideas and passionate about applying these to making content ideas a reality
  • you’ve got excellent problem-solving skills and you’re great at influencing and persuading
  • you’ve got strong negotiating skills, you’re able to influence, manage and negotiate deals and contracts in line with policies and guidelines
  • you’re calm and focused and can keep a cool head in challenging situations
  • you’re super organised and focused and able to manage conflicting demands and deadlines well
  • you’re quick to respond to changing circumstances in fast-paced environments
  • you’ve got an understanding, and experience, of rights and deliverables
  • you’ve got excellent project management skills and are experienced in helping to successfully deliver projects
  • you’re interested in how people ‘consume’ content and the impact this has on schedule/budget/value for money
  • you understand, and are sensitive to, issues around challenges like sustainability, diversity and efficiencies and your approach to your role reflects this
  • you’re resilient and can rise to the challenge of building a career that requires the ability to work flexibly. Working at the BBC isn’t always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, job. You may be required to move production and your role may involve out of hours or irregular working or travel

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship, although typically, this role is likely to be taken up by someone who already has previous experience of production co-ordination, production accounting or technical theatre.

This is not an entry level scheme. Some previous experience in a production management role/environment is required.

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 salary of £21,216 per year (pro-rated)
  • 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.
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
  • Completion of a Level 7 Creative Industries Production Manager apprenticeship supported by an experienced and established training provider.

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.
  • After this first stage, you may be invited to complete some further application questions.
  • You may then 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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