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Trainee Audio Assistant

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

Job Introduction

BBC Studioworks is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC providing studios and post production services to all the major TV broadcasters and production companies including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the Endemol Shine Group. Located across sites in Elstree and Television Centre in White City, our London facilities are home to some of the nation’s most watched and loved television shows. We offer world-class studio and post production spaces, equip them with the right technology and engage the most dedicated and talented people in the industry. By doing this, we bring ideas to life.

To learn ’on the job’ as an additional sound crew member  the craft of operating sound equipment and associated facilities in order to contribute to the audio and communications aspects of a production. The role will work predominantly at BBC Elstree on the flagship continuing drama Eastenders. This is an excellent development opportunity for someone interested in a career within broadcasting. Studioworks will provide dedicated training, mentoring and feedback.

Role Responsibility

Working as part of the realisation team performing a wide range of sound related duties, engaging with and learning from and with your team.

Operate sound equipment such as J L Fisher ‘booms’ and ‘fishing rods’ in sound pick-up operation and develop individual skill base in sound related activities. Perform sub-mixing duties as directed by the sound supervisor.

Select and place microphones as required in line with direction of the sound supervisor, and set up and rig kit, fault chasing where necessary across a whole range of sound equipment used in studios or insert locations and control room areas.

Control fold back and public address equipment as directed by the sound supervisor, communicating with both artists and production staff.

Perform control room operations using digital format and other equipment and provided for the recording, editing and playing in of sound inserts to programmes.

Remain conversant and compliant with all relevant Health and Safety rules and legislation.

Are you the right candidate?

A proven interest in and a good knowledge of broadcast and recorded sound and the ability to demonstrate the operation of sound equipment and practices, with particular relevance to television production. Good aural judgement and critical listening ability to appraise audio quality and the ability to judge sound both technically and articulately

Good interpersonal and communication skills to build and sustain working relationships with production, demonstrating a constructive and collaborative attitude towards the aims of programme makers. Confident in providing and receiving constructive feedback.

Ability to retain complex information and respond positively to the changing requirements of production, confident in using your initiative and to work flexibly under pressure across a broad range of programming and a willingness to travel as required and work irregular hours.

Completion of a suitable ‘television basics’ course or equivalent essential.


**Interviews will be taking place in August. 

Package Description

Band: A
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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

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