Post Graduate Engineer (Broadcast Systems Integration) Apprentice Scheme

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

Job Introduction

Why join us?

The BBC gives you...

  • Opportunities to deliver ground-breaking, game-changing work
  • Fresh perspectives from brilliant people who will challenge you and help you thrive
  • Tools to work efficiently and inspire your best work
  • Training from world-leading experts

And in return you give the BBC...

  • Boldness, unleashing your creativity and embracing change
  • Generosity, sharing your knowledge and helping others succeed
  • Respect for other ideas and perspectives

The BBC in England provides a rich mix of content across TV, Radio and Digital platforms for local and UK audiences.  Our core tasks of reflecting society in all its different aspects, providing impartial news and current affairs and showcasing local and regional stories, talent and creativity are as important today as at any time in our history.  There is a strong appetite for local and regional programmes on TV, Radio and Online, including award winning regional TV news programmes. Local radio stations have a collective weekly audience of over six million and play an active role in local communities through local partnerships.

You will work and learn alongside a team of senior broadcast engineers and support staff in the full range of activities including maintenance of broadcast equipment, IT support, project planning and delivery.

This is an exciting opportunity to get into the world of work, earn money, and gain a fully funded post graduate diploma in Broadcast and Media Systems Engineering.

Role Responsibility

This two year graduate scheme is aimed at growing the best creative technologists for broadcasting. You will be based at one of our BBC England locations for all your work placements and will get the opportunity to undertake blended learning through a series of on line and face to face teaching blocks at University. You’ll undertake work placements in the BBC’s engineering team at your base in order to gain an understanding of the systems involved in the production and broadcast of BBC output, and the diverse technologies that make this possible. You will work with technical teams in the support and maintenance, planning, design, development, integration, commission and testing of broadcast systems.

With Birmingham City University you will study modules including:

  • IP Networking Technology
  • Study and Broadcast Technology
  • Signal Compression and Encoding
  • Broadcast Systems Integration
  • Professional Development, Engineering Practice and Research

In addition you receive extra training through the BBC Academy.

You will be paid a salary by the BBC and on successful completion of the two year scheme, you will gain a Post Graduate Engineering diploma. At the end of the scheme, it is likely that you will secure a position working in one of the job areas listed below.

  • Operations Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Project Engineering

Your original location might change depending on where the vacancies occur. Starting base locations are likely to be:

  • Hull
  • Norwich
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Jersey (candidates wanting to work in Jersey must have ‘entitled’ residential status)

You will be asked to state a preference on the application form.

This is an exciting opportunity to train as a Systems Engineer with the BBC, while gaining a post graduate qualification.

The Ideal Candidate

Are you fascinated by technical systems and design and the way things fit together?

Do you love thinking logically and finding creative technology solutions?

Are you due to finish or have already achieved a degree in a technology related subject?

You’ll love solving problems and seeing how things work. You’ll like having a go at fixing things, or designing and building things yourself. You’ll want to work at a local BBC England base and support programme makers reaching key local audiences.  We're not looking for work experience but throughout the application process we'll be asking for evidence that shows your passion for technology.

Throughout the application process, you will be assessed on the following:

  • Problem solving
  • Practical application
  • Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Proactivity
  • Resilience
  • Collaboration
  • Time management
  • Self-awareness

We will also want you to demonstrate that you:

  • Hold a degree (at least a 2:2 or equivalent) in  Electronics, Computer Science or a closely related subject, coupled with high level of logical and mathematical reasoning skills. Accredition of your under graduate degree by a professional body such as IET, IMechE is desirable.
  • Bring a sound knowledge of audio, video and broadcasting principles and an understanding of the demands of a broadcasting environment in local bases
  • Have a personal interest in the creative elements of media and technology

Application process:

The online application form closes on the 13th June 2021, successful candidates will be invited to the next stage. On line interviews will take place in July.

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Package Description

Key Information

Start Date: Autumn 2021

Scheme Duration: 2 years - On successful completion of the scheme you will be offered a permanent/continuing contract

Locations: Hull, Norwich, Tunbridge Wells, Jersey (candidates wanting to work in Jersey must have ‘entitled’ residential status)

Typical roles following the scheme: Operations Engineer, Junior Systems Engineer

What are we offering?

  • Competitive salary £23,318
  • 25 days holiday a year with an option to 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.
  • Study for a Post Graduate Engineer qualification following the Systems Integration pathway with Birmingham City University
  • First-rate on the job throughout the scheme led by Broadcast and Media Systems Engineers
  • A mentor to support and guide you during your training.
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more
  • Access to BBC networks

You must currently hold documentation that gives you the legal right to work in the UK full time from September 2021 in order to be eligible for this scheme.

You also need to be over 18 at time of starting in September 2021.

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 Company

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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.

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

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