Journalism Trainee Scheme

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. The placements in these different areas will offer you hands-on experience involving researching, writing and broadcasting news. 

We offer general journalism trainee places around the UK which means you could be working on Newsround, 5Live, Breakfast, or Newsgathering. You could also do a specialist placement in one of the following areas:

  • The Gareth Butler Politics Trainee (Millbank, London).
  • Sport Trainee (BBC Salford).
  • World Service Group Trainee (London).

If you are interested in applying for any of these placements you will have the opportunity to state a preference on the application form.

Indicating an interest in a location or placement does not guarantee that you will be placed there should you be successful for the scheme.

More information on how we organise Journalism Trainee Scheme placements is available on our Frequently Asked questions page.

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.
  • You may be 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 autumn.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK

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

£21,216 (or £25,776 for London Trainees)

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), Glasgow, London and Salford.

You will be able to select your preference for location when you apply but will be considered for ALL locations. The link to apply will take you to the application for Salford and London. If your first choice location is Cardiff or Glasgow please search careers hub and apply using the correct application form.

Duplicate applications will not be considered.

Application process:

  • Deadline for applications. 6th 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

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Diversity matters at the BBC.  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. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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

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