Q3 Work Experience Opportunities in Wales
BBC Cymru Wales is the national broadcaster of Wales, providing a wide range of English and Welsh language programming and output for audiences on television, radio and online. Its national TV programming for Wales is available on BBC One Wales, BBC Two Wales, BBC iPlayer and S4C. It offers two national radio stations, BBC Radio Wales in English and BBC Radio Cymru in Welsh, and two distinct websites. It is also responsible for a significant volume of network programming across TV, Radio and Online, including programmes such as Doctor Who, Crimewatch and Casualty. BBC Cymru Wales is also home of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
This diversity across many different strands of TV Radio and Online output enables work experience students a unique opportunity to experience the BBC across a wide range of genres and platforms.
BBC Cymru Wales employs around 1200 staff, the majority in sites in Cardiff and Cardiff Bay, but also in other locations across Wales including Bangor, Wrexham, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen
These placements provide a “taster” experience of working within the BBC and broadcasting industry. It is aimed at individuals who want to work in the media and would like to find out more about the range of jobs potentially available. Candidates will have the opportunity to see television, radio and online production at first hand. Candidates will have the chance to spend time with those who produce and co-ordinate the output as well as the craft specialists who capture and post-produce it, along with the staff that provide engineering and IT support across all aspects of programme making and transmission.
The Ideal Candidate
We're looking for applicants with a demonstrable interest either in Radio, Television or Online programme making and broadcasting.
Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills, be creative, adaptable and highly motivated. The ability to work well in a busy team is crucial. As well as needing an interest in broadcasting, candidates should have an awareness of BBC Wales and its local output.
Programme-making can be hectic and unpredictable and applicants should be confident that they will work well in such an environment. The successful candidate should be prepared to ask lots of questions and contribute ideas.
We are committed to equality of opportunity for everyone and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background for work experience at BBC Wales. Due to current under-representation of candidates from black and minority ethnic groups, people that have a disability or people that choose a more vocational route into employment, we encourage applications from candidates in these groups but we will consider candidates of all backgrounds on their individual merits.
Candidates do not need to have a media qualification to apply but should be able to demonstrate their passion and genuine interest in broadcasting.
We have placements available in the following areas:
Wales Television - National Eisteddfod (Anglesey – August only - over 18)
The National Eisteddfod placement is between August 3rd and 12th 2017. This will be based in Anglesey, North Wales.
You’ll have the opportunity to support the production team on location at the event, during which time you will gain a good understanding of Outside Broadcast and all its elements. You may be expected to assist with research, sourcing and booking guests, supporting filming crews, and other general production duties. If you have a particular area of interest we will endeavour to accommodate that.
The department would like to encourage as diverse a range of applicants as possible, although the ability to speak Welsh is essential for this role.
News and Radio Production (Wrexham - over 18)
Successful candidates may get the opportunity to work alongside a reporter working for TV, Radio or News Online; attending news meetings, helping to research guests for programmes and shadowing producers as their programmes go on air.
BBC Bangor Taster Week (open to applicants 16 and over)
Spend a week shadowing a variety of departments in Bangor – to include programmes produced for Radio Cymru (Welsh language), news material for radio, television and online (Welsh and English) and the technical aspects of production. It is an ideal opportunity to see the breadth of work carried out in Bangor.
Newsgathering (Bangor – July & September only - over 18)
You will gain experience working in the busy newsroom in Bangor and possibly shadow one of our reporters as they gather material for radio, television and online for BBC Cymru Wales. There may also be a chance to see how a live Welsh language radio programme is produced. The placement will be for one week. The ability to speak Welsh is not essential but candidates need to be aware that the majority of the radio programmes produced are for Radio Cymru.
Technical experience – Radio operations and Television news operations. (Bangor – over 18)
The successful candidate will gain practical experience with 2 departments in Bangor. The Radio Operations team record and edit programmes on location and in the studio. Most of this content is in Welsh. There will also be an opportunity to see programmes for Radio Cymru being broadcast live from our Bangor studios. The multi-skilled operators film and edit material for television news programmes on S4C and BBC Wales and the hope is that there will be an opportunity to see an editor cutting a news piece, and to go out filming with a camera crew.
The placement will be for 1 week, may include location work, and the hours will be varied
Cardiff Newsroom (over 18)
Cardiff Newsroom where teams produce output for the BBC on TV, Radio and Online. The candidate will be primarily based with the Newsgathering team and may have the opportunity to research, write and find guests for programmes observe how programmes get to air and spend time with operational staff and reporters.
Operations – Studio & O.B.’s, Post Production. (Cardiff - over 18)
Successful candidates may gain practical experience of the work undertaken in Operations in any of the above departments which includes Camera work, Vision Mixing, Scenic, Electrical, Sound, Editing, Graphics, Multi-Skilled Operations and TV Presentation.
News Operations (Cardiff - over 18)
You will gain practical experience working within the news operation working alongside Multi Skilled Operators. This may include shadowing a news crew and reporter acquiring a story, ingesting and co-ordinating media in intake, news picture editing for various outlets, news graphics and experience in a news studio and gallery. Applicants need to appreciate that news is not 9 to 5 and be prepared that any day may end later than planned and hours throughout the week may vary on a day by day basis.
Unscripted Productions – Factual - Wales - BBC Studios (Cardiff - over 18)
Successful applicants will get the opportunity gain experience with one or more teams producing a range of local and network television programmes for television. Projects include strands such as Bargain Hunt, X-ray and The One Show as well as one-off commissions.
You’ll get involved in supporting the production team in the office, which could include assisting with research, organising shoots, logging footage and other general production duties. You will gain a good understanding of the production process and have the opportunity to sit in an edit and possibly go on location.
The department would like to encourage as diverse a range of applicants as possible
Radio Wales (Cardiff - over 18)
Successful candidates may spend a week being involved in the production process for Jason Mohammad’s morning show, Wynne Evans – mid morning and Eleri Sion in the afternoon.
Wales Learning Team (Cardiff - over 18)
We're looking for people to join BBC Wales' education team in Cardiff for work experience placements between July and September 2017. It's a great opportunity to work on Bitesize, School Report and other exciting projects. If you've got a passion for education, if you're a Welsh speaker with a talent for writing, if you enjoy working creatively with computers or have an interest in animation, then we'd love for you to get in touch
How to apply
Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, you’ll be asked to indicate your preferred placement in your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.
What happens to my application after I submit it?
We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.
Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.
- Work Experience duration 3 - 10 days (dependent on the placement)
- Locations - Bangor, Cardiff, Anglsey and Wrexham
- Opportunities available throughout July, August & September 2017