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Broadcast Technical Operator Apprentice Scheme – Level 3

Cardiff (Caerdydd)
£15,074 in year one (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729 for London based roles)
Closing date
17 Feb 2022

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Get hands-on experience as a technical broadcast operator – in the studio, on location and behind the camera. Work for the world’s biggest public service broadcaster, honing your skills in filming, sound, editing and producing – all while studying for an L3 (A-Level equivalent) broadcast tech operator qualification.

Start date: September 2022

Duration: 2 years

Salary: £15,074 in year one (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729 for London based roles)

Apprenticeships available: 8

Location(s): *Cardiff, St Helier Jersey, London, Newcastle, Norwich and Salford

*For this role / Ar gyfer y swydd yma:
Welsh language skills are desirable / Mae sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn ddymunol

Leading to: a role in one of the BBC’s professional technical production teams, with a starting salary of £23,300 or more.

Get involved in all aspects of technical operations: tackling technical problems with our engineers, and working behind the scene of live news broadcasts, in the studios, or out on location.

Work with local, national and international programme makers to make sure our broadcast equipment and technology runs smoothly every day. And learn best practices for preparing and setting up broadcasting equipment, media content systems and IP networks.

Hone your skills as a technical specialist, including camera work, media management, audio, TV vision mixing and much more.

And you’ll study for an L3 (A-Level equivalent) apprenticeship qualification, with specialist modules including:

  • Camera operations and floor management 
  • TV vision mixing (inc live) 
  • Radio sound operations (inc live) 
  • Technical directing 
  • Sound and vision editing 
  • Media management 
  • Broadcast and distribution network monitoring & switching 
  • Handling on-air technical incidents. 

Take a look at the candidate pack and job description for more details about the role. 

Are you the right candidate?

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over when the course starts in September 2022
  • Have Maths and English GCSEs or Standard (Scotland) at 9-4 (A-C) or equivalent
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Have lived in the UK, Ireland or the European Economic Area (EEA), for at least three years before the start of the apprenticeship. Or have either pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and lived in the UK, EEA or Gibraltar for at least three years

We’ll ask you to give examples to show you’re:

  • Able to prioritise, multitask and work under pressure
  • Good at communicating and collaborating with people
  • A natural problem solver
  • Technically minded, with a good understanding of the role


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The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster

We’re impartial and independent, and every day we create distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world.

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

Established by a Royal Charter, the BBC is principally funded through the licence fee paid by UK households. Our role is to fulful our mission and promote our Public Purposes.

Our commercial operations including BBC Studios, the BBC’s award-winning production company and world-class distributor, provide additional revenue for investment in new programming and services for UK audiences.

The BBC's Board ensures that we deliver our mission and public purposes which are set out in the Charter. The Executive Committee is responsible for day-to-day management. We are regulated by Ofcom.

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