Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme - 2022, BBC Studios

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you a creative Researcher who is passionate about TV and online content? Do you watch every new show and know what’s trending? Are you ready to supercharge your career with a year’s paid contract and the most amazing training?

Then it sounds like you should be part of our team creating bold, British, creative programmes and content which are loved by audiences the world over!

We are looking for Researchers who want to take the next step and become the next generation of stand-out Assistant Producers.

BBC Studios’ reputation is for leading the way in innovative storytelling and production techniques. It is the most-awarded British production company in the UK today with 79 awards and over 300 nominations to our name in the past financial year.

Each year we produce more than 2500 hours of high-quality, distinctive programmes that cover everything from natural history, history and documentaries, science and arts, factual and factual entertainment, to entertainment and music.

If you think you have the skills, creativity, passion, knowledge and determination to help create the stories and shows that BBC Studios needs to make, then BBC Studios’ Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme is for you.

The programme is specifically designed to equip the next generation of Assistant Producers with the knowledge, skills and networks needed to make the move from Researcher to Assistant Producer. You will receive best in class bespoke training as well as job placements in the genre in which you excel or have a demonstrable interest in.

With that in mind, we want to attract the broadest range of talent to the programme, with a clear commitment to the Nations & Regions with placements across our production bases.  We are committed to having  the most diverse range of skills, experience and talent working on this programme, and as such we’re keen for applicants from underrepresented groups to apply, which include those with a disability, those from ethnic minorities, lower socio economic groups, LGBTQ+ community and different backgrounds to ensure we are representative of all.  

Role Responsibility

The programme is designed to take 15 skilled Researchers from across the industry, and will be a 12 month funded training programme within BBC Studios Production.  The programme consists of a combination of bespoke training alongside practical on the job experience embedded within a genre for the year. Throughout the scheme there will be three training events per month, including workshops and masterclasses by industry leaders. 

By the end of the programme, you will be prepped with the skills and knowledge ready to make the step up to Assistant Producer.

We are looking for placements in the following genres and locations:

Factual Entertainment  Unscripted - Bristol (one role) & Cardiff (one role)

Natural History Unit - Bristol (three roles)

Documentaries - London (one role) & Glasgow  (one role) 

Factual Entertainment  - London (one role) & Glasgow (one role)

Entertainment  - Cardiff (one role), Salford (one role) & London (one role)

Science – Glasgow (one role) & London (one role)

Narrative Podcast -  London (one role)

Applicants may only apply for one genre in one location. If you apply for more than one opportunity, your application will be discarded.

Are you the right candidate?

We would love to hear from you if:

You have at least three broadcast or online Researcher credits*

You have no previous Assistant Producer broadcast credits for any TV programme (you may apply if you have AP or Producer credits for online, News or audio ONLY content)

You will be able to demonstrate a passion for storytelling

Ability to develop creative ideas, which engage diverse audiences in a demanding creative environment.

You do not need to have specific genre experience in the genre(s) you apply to, but you will need to be able to demonstrate proven knowledge and experience of the genre you are applying for. This can be relevant paid employment, academic qualifications or significant other experience

The BBC has a comprehensive Access Service that provides assistance to disabled candidates and employees seeking reasonable adjustments at every stage of the recruitment and selection process. You can find more information on this support and how to request workplace adjustments on our website here:

*The definition of broadcast credits: 

  • Your work must be paid professional work to count towards the credits.    
  • Researcher credits in paid TV development do count as a credit 
  • Credit doesn’t always mean your name is on the end credits of a production – but the role must be on your CV and a paid role 
  • if you have worked in News, Radio, Podcasts or Digital at a level higher than researcher we may consider you - contact us separately – please email 
  • University credits do not count 
  • Voluntary work does not count 
  • Work experience does not count 

Do you have questions about this Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme? Please see attached our FAQs – they will hopefully answer any questions you might have. 

Want to find out more about the Assistant Producer Accelerator ProgrammeJoin one of our virtual events!

The events are Group Sessions which will be held on Zoom. Each session will last one hour and will start with a briefing about BBC Studios' Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme and then please feel free to ask questions about applying for the Programme. 
Each one hour session has a maximum of 100 tickets and they are offered on a first come, first served basis. 

There will be a minimum of one Zoom session per week while the application process is open.  Please check this page for information about how to book a free ticket for a Zoom session  
We will continue to update new dates for the Zoom sessions

Session Eight - 3rd February 2022 13:00 - 14:00

Here is the link: 

Session Nine - 10th February 13:00 - 14:00

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If you have a question and it’s not covered in our attached FAQs and/or you’ve not been able to attend a Zoom session, then please email  


Package Description

The Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme is a paid 12 month fixed term contract with training offered by BBC Studios Production. 

The salary is £32,000

Locations: Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Salford or London (Genre Dependent)

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any workplace adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on with the job reference in the subject. We advertise all our roles on Evenbreak, the specialist job board for disabled candidates.

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage, if required as we are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working.


About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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