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Software Engineering Trainee - BBC NI

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

Job Introduction

The BBC is changing - we’re adapting to our audience all the time, so we need passionate software engineers to join us, to drive innovation and help shape the future of the BBC.

We ask that you have a degree in Software Engineering or similar discipline or equivalent knowledge and experience.  We’re looking for people who enjoy working with others in a collaborative environment and relish developing their skillset on a wide range of projects.

Role Responsibility

During your 24 month placement you will have the opportunity to work within a variety of teams and you will be given the chance to learn a wide variety of skills across many technologies.  Each team is unique and will present its own individual ways of working.

You will have the opportunity to work on numerous products and backend services used within BBC NI to support our broadcasting, media and metadata infrastructures.  These will include the design and development of many new systems in a constantly evolving environment.

BBC NI mainly use the following technologies:

  • Microsoft .Net C#
  • Amazon Web Services (including Lambda, DynamoDB, S3 and EC2)
  • Containerisation (Docker / Kubernetes)
  • JavaScript - Node.JS & React
  • HTML 5 & CSS 3
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • SQL and NoSQL databases

Our award-winning BBC Academy offers a wide variety of training courses to assist you during each phase of your placement.  You are encouraged to take advantage of this resource whenever possible and will also have access to many subject matter experts keen to offer their guidance at every step. 

Are you the right candidate?

We are keen to hear from anyone believing they have the appropriate skills or experience for this role.  Whether you are a self-taught coder looking for a career change or a graduate (no matter how recent); read on to find out if your skills match what we’re looking for.

  • You will have completed a degree in a related field or have equivalent knowledge/ experience.
  • You enjoy working in teams, learning from others, and helping others to learn.
  • Our software engineers are really passionate about what they do, so you'll need to have the passion to match!
  • You will share our values (see the attached document for more information).

We can only accept applicants who already have the right to work in the UK.

We are now accepting applications to begin in September 2020.  Please only apply if you will be able to start in September 2020.

Package Description

As well as unrivalled training and development opportunities you will have many additional benefits throughout your time in the scheme:-

  • The latest MacBook Pro.
  • Opportunity to work on world-class digital products in an exciting environment.
  • 25 days of holiday per year.
  • Eligibility to join:
    • BBC pension scheme
    • Employee discount scheme
    • Cycle-to-work scheme
    • Travel season ticket scheme
  • A dedicated mentor, often a former graduate, who can help you with your personal development and career goals.
  • A dedicated scheme manager who is always on-hand to assist you.

After the Scheme

You will be offered a Software Engineer position within the BBC.  Our retention rate for trainees going into roles after completion of the scheme is currently 100%.

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. 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.

We are a diversity champion and we promote a good working environment for all existing and potential staff ensuring equal treatment for all of our employees. We have formed a partnership with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. Click here to view our vacancies in an accessible format.  If you have a disability you will also have the option to go through our Extend Hub when you apply.


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