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Journalism Trainee Scheme - Scotland

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

Job Introduction

We want to hear from people from all backgrounds and all walks of life with a real passion and determination to train as a BBC journalist. If you want to get first class training with the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world, then the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme is for you.

Are you a non-graduate or school leaver with a genuine interest in journalism? If you have less experience then the Digital Journalism Apprenticeship scheme may be a better fit for you, find out more here: Digital Journalism Apprenticeship

Role Responsibility

During this 10 month scheme, you will undertake training while working alongside news teams in online and digital, radio and TV news. These placements with different teams, will offer you hands-on experience involving researching, writing and broadcasting news. 

What are we offering?

  • £21,216 per year
  • We cover travel and accommodation expenses during training periods.
  • First-rate training led by the BBC throughout the scheme by specialists and senior BBC journalists.
  • A mentor to support and guide you during your training.
  • The chance to work on placements within BBC News and Current Affairs across radio, television, digital and online.

Are you the right candidate?

  • You are a creative storyteller who is curious about the world around you.
  • You are fascinated by news and current affairs.
  • You love meeting people and sharing people’s stories.
  • You are already showing your journalistic potential, writing articles for a local newspaper or website, working at a radio station, blogging or vlogging or creating great social media content.
  • You can help us reach all of our BBC audiences including people who might not normally consume news.
  • You will be 18 or over by the time the scheme starts in the September.
  • You must already have eligibility to work in the UK to be apply for this scheme.

If you have a disability, you will be able to select for your application to go through the Extend Hub when you apply. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. Click here to view our vacancies in an accessible format.

Package Description

Starting salary: £21,216 per year.

BBC staff get 25 days holiday a year and you can buy or sell days to suit you. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year.

The Journalism Trainee Scheme offers places in Cardiff (Welsh Language speakers only), Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, London and Salford.

You will be able to select your preference for a location when you apply but will be considered for ALL locations. The link to apply will take you to the application for Scotland. If your first choice location is Cardiff, London or Salford , or you would like to be considered for our Gaelic speaking trainee click to apply using the correct application form.

Duplicate applications will not be considered.

Application process:

  • Deadline for applications. 7th February 2019. 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, as well as some scenario based questions.
  • 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 13th March. You will have approximately one week to complete this.
  • Assessment Centre - Birmingham. If you are successful after the video assessment, you will be invited to an assessment centre. These assessment centres take place in the weeks beginning 28th May, and 3rd, 10th June. You will hear from us at least one week before the assessment day whether you have been successful. We do our best to keep you updated, but please be aware you may not know if you have been selected for an assessment day until the first week of June.


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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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