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Scotland Technical Production Apprentice Scheme 2020

Job Introduction

Are you all about the techy side, love cameras and sound and you’d love to learn more about behind the scenes?

Want to bring your passion for Media and Tech to the BBC?

If your answer to any of these is yes, then we want to hear from you!

During this scheme you will get first-hand work experience and hands-on training whilst studying towards a Level 3 in Creative and Digital Media, which is delivered by a local learning provider.

Role Responsibility

BBC Scotland Operations team provide specialist craft skills to a wide range of programme makers across TV, Radio and Online.  Our teams work on various output from live daily Radio and TV News and Sport programmes; to major Outside Broadcasts such as TRNSMT, Scottish Cup Final and Hogmanay Live; as well as Studio entertainment programmes like Mrs Brown’s Boys, Hit List, Ready, Steady, Cook and Swashbuckle!

Over 12 months we will train and develop you through specialised training and work placements in craft areas including Cameras, Sound, Vision, Newsgathering and Media Central. You will also get an overview of our editing, dubbing and graphics functions.  You will be mentored by craft specialists from within BBC Scotland. 

The type of experience you may gain in these areas would be for example:

  • Your work in sound, across both radio and television, will involve setting microphones, rigging and testing radio microphone systems, building and operating PA systems either as part of programme making or support content.
  • In Vision Engineering you will work with studio vision systems involving distribution and control of video signals to broadcast requirements. You will line up monitors and cameras for programme use both in the studios and in outside broadcast situations.
  • In cameras you will be shooting content under direction that will either be live to air or for recorded programmes. 

After successful completion of the apprenticeship, you could be applying for roles such as;

  • Assistant Post Production Operator
  • Camera Assistant
  • Audio Assistant
  • Technical Operator 

Are you the right candidate?

Does this sound like the scheme for you? Here is what we are looking for…

You will:

  • Have an interest in the technical side of programme making - cameras, sound, vision and lighting and how they interact with each other.
  • Be able to work well under pressure in a broadcasting environment
  • Love working with other people and be able to demonstrate that you are a great team player.
  • Be interested in the shows and programmes created by the BBC
  • Be able to balance your time between your busy work placements as well as your college study and additional training.
  • Be flexible and adaptable due to the pace of work ,learning and production demands- working at the BBC isn't always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job.

This scheme is aimed at non graduates. If you already have a media or production degree or equivalent qualification this scheme may not be for you, as it may duplicate training and experience you have already had. We would encourage you to look at our Production Trainee Scheme or consider searching our other vacancies for entry level roles via BBC Careers Hub

You must not be planning to do this scheme as a gap year programme.

If you have had 12 months or more continuous paid production work in the media industry, or at the BBC, we would encourage you to search for other roles in the BBC that are more relevant to your level of experience via BBC Careers Hub

We are unable to accept your application if you do not have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Benefits and Package:

  • You will get up to 5 weeks of annual leave per year as well as an additional days leave over the festive period, known as our “Corporation Day”.
  • You will receive a salary of £14,250.
  • A recognised SCQF Level 7 Creative and Digital Media qualification delivered by our lerning provider.
  • BBC Staff Perks including discounts on many high street and online services/products.
  • A dedicated Scheme Manager who will develop you throughout your training programme.
  • Professional mentoring to aid your personal development by industry professionals.
  • The chance to wear the famous BBC Staff lanyard and ID card by working for the world’s leading public service broadcaster!

Package Description

The Production Apprentice Scheme offers various places in the UK.

The link to apply will take you to the application for the Technical Production scheme based in Glasgow only. If your first choice location is in England or Wales please search Careers Hub and apply using the correct application form.

If you wish to apply to the Scotland Editorial and Production Management Apprentice scheme or Gaelic Production Apprentice Scheme, please search 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:

  • Application form. You will complete an application form which will help us to understand your interest in the BBC and our Production Apprentice Scheme. Remember to mention any relevant skills and experience that you might have that could help you to bring a unique voice to the BBC. These don’t need to be work related, these can be related to a hobby or projects that you do in your spare time.
  • Video Assessment. If you are successful through the first stage you will be invited to complete a video assessment. Full information will be emailed to you. You will have approximately one week to complete this.
  • Assessment Centre - Glasgow. If you are successful after video assessment you will be invited to an assessment centre. These assessment centres take place during 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 end of June.

About the BBC

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.

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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