BBC Future Voices Programme

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

Job Introduction

The BBC is one of the world’s leading news organisations, available in more than 40 languages with a weekly global audience of over 460 million. We report from more locations than any other international news organisation, and we are available on digital platforms as well as TV and radio.

World Service Languages is at the heart of the BBC’s global news operation, providing news and content across all platforms for both UK and international audiences. It is increasingly a digital first service – providing audiences with video, digital, mobile and social content. Many of our language services offer TV bulletins and programmes, and our bilingual correspondents and language staff play a key role in reporting for BBC News. 

Role Responsibility

We will give you the opportunity to experience life at the BBC as a journalist. You will find out what it’s like working in two languages - English and one of the other World Service languages listed below. You don’t need any journalism experience, but you must be passionate about news.

We will give you the training you need. You’ll spend time in the relevant language service and in other parts of BBC News, and meet a whole range of people – reporters, producers, editors, presenters, production staff, online and social media journalists. You will get to experience working life on our programmes, find out how our journalists contribute and develop ideas, and how they work in different languages.

Are you the right candidate?

If you’re passionate about news and fluent in one or more of the languages below as well as English (essential) then this scheme is for you.

  • Arabic
  • Amharic
  • Azeri
  • Afaan / Oromoo
  • Bengali
  • Burmese
  • Chinese
  • Dari
  • Farsi
  • French ( for Africa)
  • Gujarati
  • Hausa
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Igbo
  • Japanese
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kyrgyz
  • Korean
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Pashto
  • Portuguese ( for Latin America)
  • Pidgin
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Sinhala
  • Somali
  • Swahili
  • Spanish ( for Latin America)
  • Serbian
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba

You will be passionate about international news, interested in the world you live in, both in the UK and abroad, and familiar with the BBC World Service. You will be a great communicator and excellent at getting your message across.

Before you apply

You must be over 18, and you should be available to attend every day Monday-Friday for the dates specified. The scheme takes place at New Broadcasting House in London. You will receive a salary for the duration to cover all your costs.

As part of your application we will ask you a series of questions to understand your interest and passion for news and creating content. You should be ready to:

  • Link to 2 pieces of content you have created that will show us your creativity and demonstrate your passion for news. This could be a social media post – tweet thread, Facebook post, Tik Tok or Youtube video, podcast, short film, or something published on a print, tv, radio or digital media platform.
  • Provide a sixty second clip of why you want to come on this training scheme and why we should choose you. This is your elevator pitch and should be done in both English and your chosen language.( two in total )

There will be space on the application form for you to provide this.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: 6 week Fixed Term Contract
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

About the BBC

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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.

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