Production Apprentice Scheme 2019

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

Job Introduction

The BBC Production Apprentice Scheme is a fantastic introduction to working in the world of TV, radio and online. We are currently looking for brilliant new talent, from the broadest range of backgrounds, to join our production teams across a wide range of output. If you want to help shape the BBC of the future, and if you want your voice to be heard, then this scheme could be a great place for you to start your career in broadcasting!

If you have a passion for telling stories, if you’re highly motivated and determined to make it in the media industry and if you’ve got bags of enthusiasm, then we want to hear from you.

We want you to help us make sure the BBC continues to create outstanding, diverse content for all of our wide-ranging audiences. We want you to help us carry on making fresh, ground-breaking content across our TV, radio, online and social media platforms and we also want you to help us bring in new audiences, new viewers and new listeners to the BBC. It doesn’t matter where your passion and enthusiasm comes from, we want your voice to help us tell amazing and exciting stories.

What’s on offer?

  • A 12 month fixed-term contract paying £14,250 per year, those based in London will receive £18,810.
  • Industry training delivered by the BBC Academy from specialists and senior BBC and freelance production staff.
  • Expenses for and travel and accommodation when training are covered

Role Responsibility

We have placement opportunities in Salford, Bristol and London. Each apprentice will spend their time on the scheme in one of these bases learning the foundation skills of media production. As well as learning on-the-job, in their placement, apprentices also receive bespoke training from the BBC Academy and study towards a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship either as a Broadcast Production Assistant or as a Junior Content Producer.

Every apprentice will also specialise in one of the following three production areas (pathways): Production Management; Editorial or Craft Skills. On your application form we will ask you a question on each of these areas to help you, and us, decide which might be of the most interest, and best fit, for you. And don’t worry, we’re expecting you to answer some of these questions better than others!

Production Management pathway, working towards a Production Management Assistant role: To follow this pathway you will need good planning and organisational skills and great attention to detail. You will be an excellent communicator. As part of the wider production team you will focus on assisting the production management team in ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the production and your tasks may include learning about schedules and budgets; booking transport and travel for crew and contributors; booking kit; completing production and post production paperwork e.g. sorting out copyright issues. This role centres on providing administrative and logistic support to the team.

Editorial, working towards a role as a Runner, Junior Researcher or Content Assistant:  To follow the editorial pathway you must have a passion for creating content and for developing ideas. You may be working as a Runner or Content Assistant in the production office, in studio or on location. You will provide a wide range of support to the production team. This could include some administrative and logistics tasks as well as basic research for locations, contributors, props; assisting crew with camera kit; distributing call sheets/scripts; looking after crew and contributors on shoots – making cups of tea! 

Both production management and editorial roles require you to support the production team with general duties. These can include booking and collecting kit (and ensuring it is returned safely and intact); photocopying; answering phone calls and emails; setting up locations; looking after contributors and sorting out travel and accommodation needs etc.  

Craft Skills pathway, working towards a Studio Manager role (Radio) or Camera Operator role (Newsgathering): To follow either of these pathways you will be someone who wants learn the technical skills required to capture and broadcast footage (sound or visual).

Craft Skills (Radio) – if you want to learn how a radio studio works and if you’re interested in sound and radio as a way of reaching the audience, then this could be the pathway for you. We want to hear from people who are excited by new technology and we’re especially keen in hearing from people who are passionate about telling stories and reaching new radio audiences via our digital platforms.

Craft Skills (Newsgathering): choose this pathway if you want to learn how to film, edit and produce content for radio, TV and digital news. You could be asked to help plan stories and set up locations and contributors, or you could be working in live broadcasts or on location. Apprentices working here will work to a shift pattern, often outdoors and for our flagship News programmes in busy and sometimes difficult environments. Some of the stories you might cover could be challenging.

We are also very keen to hear from people who are excited by making content for social media. To secure a role in this area you will have an understanding of social media and its various platforms and you will help contribute ideas to improve and build on the BBC’s success to date. You will need a broad knowledge and love of your particular content area and, ideally, you will already be creating your own video content and publishing it online.

In your application form you can select which location, production area (and pathway) you would like to apply for. Your selection at this stage is not binding. There is no guarantee that your preference can be fulfilled. You will still be considered for other placement areas.

Along with your scheme manager, you will have a placement manager who will help you gain first-hand job experience and help guide you towards your apprenticeship learning objectives. You will be assessed over the course of your time in placement and also at the end of the apprenticeship.

The Ideal Candidate

We are interested in your potential and attitude! Qualifications and past experience are not requirements for this entry-level scheme.  

  • We aren’t looking for experience. It’s you as a person we’re interested in and why you want to come onto the apprenticeship. You do, however, need to have knowledge of BBC content and programmes as well as an interest in the wider media industry.
  • A passion for making and creating content – in a practical way or through creative thinking and developing ideas.
  • We’re looking for people who can offer a new perspective to the BBC that will help us reach new audiences as well as continue to deliver the kind of programmes that existing audiences know and love.
  • We want apprentices with a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude, who are prepared, and able, to tackle circumstances and situations which can, at times, be challenging.
  • You must be able to work flexibly as working at the BBC is not always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, job.
  • You should be keen to learn and have the motivation and ability to combine working in a professional media environment with apprenticeship study and additional training.

If you are a graduate with ambitions to start a career in Production, then our Production Trainee Scheme may be a better fit for you.

If you have more than 12 months’ experience in a paid production role, then we recommend searching for a role more suited to your level of experience at

Package Description

£14,250 (or £18,810 if your apprenticeship is in London)

The Production Apprenticeship Scheme offers places in London, Salford and Bristol

You will be able to select your preference for location when you apply. The link to apply will take you to the application for England based locations. If you wish to apply to the Scotland, Gaelic or Wales Production Apprenticeship scheme then please search on Careers Hub and apply using the correct application form.

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.

Application process:

  • Deadline for applications. 14th March 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, 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 April. 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 May. 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 end of June.

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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.  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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