Production Apprentice Scheme 2020

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 media world and to learning how to create content for TV, radio, online and social media. 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!

It doesn’t matter where your passion and enthusiasm come from, we want your voice to help us tell amazing and exciting stories.

If you have a passion for telling stories, if you’re highly motivated and if you’ve got bags of enthusiasm, then we want to hear from you.

And we want you to help us make sure the BBC continues to create outstanding, thought-provoking 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 to help us bring in new audiences, new viewers and new listeners to the BBC.


What’s on offer?

A 12 month fixed-term contract paying £14,250 per year, those based in London will receive £18,932.

Industry training delivered by the BBC Academy from specialists and senior BBC and freelance production staff. Level 3 apprenticeship delivered by industry-experienced training providers.

Role Responsibility

We have placement opportunities in Salford, Birmingham, 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 study towards a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship either as a Broadcast Production Assistant or as a Junior Content Producer. Throughout the year the BBC Academy also provides training  which is delivered by BBC and external media professionals.

Every apprentice has the opportunity to specialise in one of the following three production areas (pathways): Production Management; Editorial or Craft Skills.

Here is a bit of info on some of the production areas we cover in this apprenticeship. It may help you decide which area you think suits your passions and interests best and which areas of learning you would like to focus on

Production Management, working towards a Production Management Assistant role: To follow the Production Management 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 with camera and audio recording kit; distributing call sheets/scripts; looking after crew and contributors on shoots and working in radio studios – 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); music reporting, 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): If you want to learn how a radio studio works and if you’re interested in sound, radio and podcasts 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. To follow this pathway you will be someone who wants learn the technical skills required to capture and broadcast in radio and podcasts.


Production Management, Editorial or Craft Skills in Social Media: We are also very keen to hear from people who are particularly excited by making content for social media. To secure a placement in this area, on any of the production pathways, you will need an understanding of social media and its various platforms. You will need a broad knowledge and love of social media content and, ideally, you will already be creating your own video content and publishing it online.

Whilst you are on the apprenticeship you will have a scheme manager, along with a placement manager who will help you gain first-hand job experience and help guide you towards your apprenticeship learning objectives.

In your application form you can select which location and production area you are interested in. Your choices at this stage aren’t binding. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that your preference can be fulfilled, but, if you are successful, we will do our best to offer you a placement in your preferred base (London/Salford/Birmingham/Bristol).


The Ideal Candidate

This is an entry-level scheme. We aren’t looking for qualifications or past experience.

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. Applications for this scheme open at a later date - please check our website for updates:

For the Production Apprentice Scheme it’s you as a person we’re interested in and why you want to come onto the apprenticeship.

We’re interested in your potential and the unique voice that only you can bring to the BBC!

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 programmes that audiences know and love.

You do, however, need to have…

  • …knowledge of BBC content and programmes as well as an interest in the wider media industry.
  • …passion for making and creating content – in a practical way or through creative thinking and developing ideas.
  • …a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude and a willingness and ability to tackle circumstances and situations which can, at times, be challenging.
  • …keenness to learn and the motivation and ability to combine working in a professional media environment with apprenticeship study and additional training

You must be able to work flexibly as working at the BBC is not always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, job

You must be eligible to work in the UK and aged 18 or over by September 2020 in order to be considered for this opportunity.

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

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

Salary: £14,250 per year, those based in London will receive £18,932.

BBC staff get 25 days holiday per 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 Production Apprentice Scheme offers places in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Salford in a variety of content areas.

When you fill in your application you will need to say which location you would prefer. There is one form for all locations that are based in England. The link to apply will take you to this form.

If you wish to apply to the Scotland, Gaelic or Wales Production Apprenticeship schemes then you must apply separately on Careers Hub. Applications for these schemes open at a later date, please check our website for updates:

Application process:

  • Application Form: On the application form we will ask you why you think you're right for this scheme. Application Deadline: 4th March 2020
  • Video Assessment: If you are successful at the first stage you will be invited to complete a video assessment. You may be invited before the application closing deadline so we advise to keep an eye on your email (please also check your junk email). You will have approximately one week to complete this.
  • Assessment Centre: If you are successful following your video interview, you will be invited to an assessment centre.

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to the BBC Values 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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