BBC creating apprenticeship jobs in its local radio stations


The BBC is offering 45 local apprenticeships in its radio stations across the UK as part of Director-General Tony Hall’s pledge to open up the BBC to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Applications open in April, and successful candidates will start their jobs in September, working as Apprentice Broadcast Assistants (England) and Apprentice Content Assistants (Wales, Scotland and N Ireland).

Are you

• creative, hard working and passionate about what you do
• a non-graduate, and aged between 18-23
• proud of where you live, and want to help put it on the map

…then apply to be a BBC Local Apprentice, the BBC needs you.

We’re launching the BBC’s biggest apprenticeship scheme ever – 45 apprenticeships across the UK and you could be one of them.

Earn while you learn…

• We’ll pay you an apprentice salary as you work in any one of the 39 Local Radio stations across England or in one of the six Nations’ radio stations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
• You’ll benefit from gold standard training from the BBC Academy and our partner college
• You will work as an Apprentice Broadcast Assistant or Content Assistant (Scotland, Wales and N Ireland)
• All training costs are covered by the scheme, and will be delivered by the BBC’s Academy, which has trained the UK’s top broadcasters and journalists. We will also work with a partner college.
• Your qualification after 15 months – a Level 3 apprenticeship in Broadcast Journalism

…and work for the BBC

We believe the best training is on-the-job training – putting the skills you’ve learnt in the classroom into practice in the real world.

As an Apprentice Broadcast Assistant (England) or Apprentice Content Assistant (Scotland, N Ireland and Wales) you’ll find yourself helping to research and set up items on a breakfast programme, out and about gathering stories in your local area or coming up with some great ideas for a show.

We are offering fixed term contracts for 15 months, after which you’ll be really well placed to compete for jobs at the BBC, or in the wider industry. The combination of practical work experience and skills will make you a great candidate.

“I want to build a ladder of opportunity for the talented. I want to open up the BBC to more people – to people from every part of the country – to people from a greater variety of backgrounds.”

BBC Director General Tony Hall

What happens now?

Applications for the scheme are due to open in April 2014, and our Local Apprentices will start their training in September 2014. Interviews will be scheduled in July.

For funding reasons our scheme is only available to non-graduates between the ages of 18 and 23.