Assistant Script Editor Trainee Scheme

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

Job Introduction


From the world-class programmes we commission and produce to the talented people we hire, we are committed to achieving diversity across the BBC.

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Drama Production makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. This ranges from continuing dramas such as Casualty, EastEnders, Holby City and Doctors to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and The Musketeers.

BBC Drama believes that its content should accurately reflect and be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Currently black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) are under-represented in the development teams in BBC Drama and we want to address this – so that’s where you come in.

These two Drama Assistant Script Editor Trainee posts are exciting training and development opportunities for those from black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds who are passionate about getting into Drama script editing.

This 12 month trainee scheme will see you deepen your understanding of the script editing process, developing your skills and gaining invaluable practical experience. Plus, you’ll receive industry-standard training from BBC experts.

There are two Assistant Script Editor training placements available in the following regions:

1 role based in London: 6 months in Development/ 6 months on Holby City

1 role based in the Nations: Cardiff or Glasgow: 6 months in Development/ 6 months on Production

Role Responsibility

This exciting training scheme aims to give you an in depth understanding of the BBC’s script editing process. You will work closely with the development teams & with production and will learn how to provide editorial and research support.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should have a passion for scripted Drama and ideally will have had some experience in the Media Industry which will be complemented by the scheme’s training in the area of Drama script editing.

A genuine love of Drama is ‘key’ as is the ability to establish trust, rapport and strong working skills with people in a variety of roles. If you also have excellent communication skills, a naturally curious mind and a commitment to excellence, this scheme could be just for you.

We don’t focus simply on what we do, we also care about how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

Package Description

Package Description

BBC Drama Assistant Script Editor Trainee scheme

12 months training and development opportunity

Training allowance/bursary: This is a training and development programme and as such does not attract a salary; however participants will be provided with an allowance for the duration of their training contract to enable them to participate in this scheme.

Out of London allowance - £20,800 per annum

In London allowance - £25,205 per annum

To find out more and apply, please read the ‘Scheme overview’ document attached to get a full understanding of the scheme and its training objectives.

The closing date for applications is 13th March 2016

Good luck.

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