Communications Trainee Scheme

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

Job Introduction

We’re looking for four bright, creative and enthusiastic trainees to work in our communications team for a year. 

BBC Communications tells the BBC’s story to audiences across the UK and the World. We highlight the fantastic programmes and content on BBC TV, radio and online, and defend the BBC’s corporate reputation when necessary. We speak to journalists, members of the public, and key influencers in British culture, so they know what the BBC is doing and why.

With no two days the same, our team work at the centre of the BBC in an exciting, high-profile environment. We strive to ensure that our workforce is fully representative of our audiences because audiences are at the heart of everything the BBC does. 

Role Responsibility

You will work in a variety of different teams within the communications profession, spending a couple of months with each one. You could find yourself assisting with the launch of the latest season of Strictly, fielding journalists’ questions on the latest corporate issues, helping out at events like Radio 1’s Big Weekend or supporting teams working on publicity campaigns for new TV and radio programmes.

You do not need any previous communications work experience – while you are here you’ll take part in a year-long training programme alongside your day-to-day duties, and you’ll be assigned your own mentor.  You do need to show us that you’re hard-working, have lots of potential, and love the BBC.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this role will have an interest in developing a career in Communications/PR or similar.

  • You will have good writing skills and a firm command of the rules of grammar.  Any copy writing experience would be advantageous.
  • You will be a natural communicator, able to present your ideas clearly both verbally and in writing, to colleagues of all levels.
  • Excellent and proven creativity – the ability to think laterally and outside the box, together with a hunger to constantly try new ideas and approaches will be integral to this role
  • You will have good IT skills: familiarity with appropriate office applications - Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint as well as an understanding of and demonstrable interest in social media. 

All applications will be considered and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

This role will be London based but will require the ability to spend time working on projects throughout the rest of the UK.

Package Description

  • 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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Application process:

  • Deadline for applications. 27th May 2019 at 11.59pm. All applications will be reviewed after this date. The application form consists of a few questions for you to tell us why you think you're right for this scheme.
  • Video Assessment. If you are successful through the first stage you will be invited to complete a video assessment. Full information will be sent to you by June. You will have approximately one week to complete this.
  • Assessment Centre. If you are successful after video assessment you will be invited to an assessment centre. These assessment centres take place during July. You will hear from us at least one week before the assessment day whether you have been successful. 

About the Company

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, sexuality, social 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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