Welcome to Work Experience opportunities across the regions within Radio. If you’re interested in Radio Production, Drama, Factual & Entertainment and getting some great insights to add to your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for all the regional radio networks including Radio Jersey and Radio Guernsey.
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of Radio across music, news, debate and entertainment. Our aim is for you to get an introduction to how local, national and international programmes are produced from beginning to end. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.
During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in.
The Ideal Candidate
What we’re looking for
We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In Radio we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.
We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.
We take our jobs seriously and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about Radio and are prepared to, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.
You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.
Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your
We have placements available in the following areas:
Radio Beds, Herts & Bucks, Three Countries Radio (over 18)
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience of a wide variety of news and current affairs content for radio from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
You will spend time watching presenters at work in the studio, shadowing producers researching stories, reporters recording vox pops and seeing how our programmes are put together.
You’ll have a keen interest in radio production and an interest in telling stories about your community.
Radio Bristol (over 18)
The placement offers the chance to see how a range of live radio programmes are made, ranging from news and current affairs to light entertainment. You will experience a BBC newsroom, producer’s gallery, studio production and, where suitable, live satellite radiocar reporting from location. You will get to see the tools BBC journalists use to create programmes – from writing scripts to editing audio and using social media.
Radio Cornwall (April & May only) - over 18)
BBC Radio Cornwall has a proud tradition of strong audience figures and (in percentage terms) is the BBC’s most listened-to Local Radio station. The station delivers programmes, news and information for the county seven days a week from studios in Truro. This opportunity at BBC Radio Cornwall offers a broad range of experience in reporting, researching and programme production.
Radio Derby (over 18, May or June only)
The placement is in BBC Radio Derby’s newsroom, which is responsible for the station’s breakfast and afternoon programmes, as well as its news bulletins and social media accounts. You’ll learn how news and discussion programmes are put together, how we find stories, and what it takes to get into radio. You’ll also see how a multimedia newsroom makes the most of the stories we find, serving the wider BBC as well as local audiences.
Radio Hereford & Worcester (over 18)
Successful candidates will get the opportunity to experience and shadow the teams across news and programmes in the studio and on location, to provide a range of experience of working in local radio
Radio Leeds - News (over 18)
A Placement with BBC Radio Leeds news team. You’ll get an insight into how we find stories for programmes and news bulletins; spend time with newsreaders and see how a bulletin is put together and delivered on air; you’ll be given the chance to spend time with reporters out and about broadcasting live into our programmes
Radio Leeds - Programmes (Over 18)
The successful candidate will spend time shadowing presenters, producers, and news team during the placement, An initial all round experience of all aspects will be offered for the first 2/3 days and a bespoke schedule will be drawn up. However the individual will be encouraged to get the most from this shadow opportunity and may the wish to spend additional specific shadowing with one team, programme or strand of news/production.
Radio Leicester (over 18)
At Leicester we aim to offer a placement that gives candidates a thorough understanding of how a BBC Local Radio Station functions. Over the week, the candidates get an insight into programme production and Newsroom function. They will also get a basic understanding of production tools such as OpenMedia and VCS Dira!
Radio Lincolnshire - News, (over 18 - May, June or July only)
A placement with BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s news team. You’ll be involved in finding stories for programmes and news bulletins; spend time with newsreaders and see how a bulletin is put together and delivered on air; you’ll learn how to record and edit your own material and spend time with reporters out and about broadcasting live into our programmes.
Radio Lincolnshire - Programmes, (over 18 - May, June or July only)
A placement with BBC Radio Lincolnshire. You’ll get a chance to join producers and presenters as they prepare programmes for BBC Radio Lincolnshire – and you’ll be there whilst the programme’s on air. You’ll see how the team decide what to talk about on our programmes and how to track down the best guests to talk to. You’ll see how to record and edit features for our programmes; how we choose which songs to play and how to put together audio that promotes our programmes. You’ll also be given the chance to learn with a diverse range of people on our evening programmes – making unique radio for our communities.
Radio Kent (over 18 - May or June only)
Find out what it takes to produce daily programmes tailored for a local audience. You’ll learn how the team contribute ideas as well as carry out straight-forward newsgathering duties. You’ll gain experience in a collaborative multi-media environment at the BBC’s HQ in the South East. A good knowledge of social media is preferred. Applicants may be invited for an informal chat before an offer is made.
Radio Manchester (over 18)
You’ll get the chance to shadow and learn from our news and programmes teams at BBC Radio Manchester. The opportunity is a chance to gain practical experience and is suitable for individuals who can demonstrate an active interest in broadcasting or broadcast journalism.
Radio Nottingham (over 18)
You will spend your time with experienced journalists in our newsroom and get a close-up view about how our popular Andy and Sarah at Breakfast and Drive programmes is put together.
Radio Norfolk (over 18 - May, June or July)
Successful applicants may gain an insight into the work of a busy radio station and see the production process through from start to finish by attending the morning editorial meeting, shadowing a reporter, seeing audio features edited for broadcast and watching shows broadcast live from the studio.
Radio Oxford (over 18)
We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds who have a passion for telling stories and care what goes on in Oxfordshire’s communities. You’ll be observing and shadowing in the first instance, but there’ll be plenty of opportunity to put your ideas forward and where possible gain hands on experience in radio or digital content production, or research.
BBC Radio Solent, Dorset – Journalism (over 18)
Successful applicants will gain an insight into our multi-media satellite Dorset newsroom which produces BBC Radio Solent’s Dorset breakfast show. You will spend time with the show’s producers – before, during and post production. You’ll learning about radio programming, and how the content is put together, both in the newsroom and the studio. You’ll also have the chance to see the work of our on-location reporter, and see how we contribute online and social media content to both BBC Radio Solent and BBC news online. The placement will require some early start times of 06:00 in Dorchester.
Radio Sheffield (over 18)
BBC Radio Sheffield is offering the chance for you to spend two weeks with the creative team who put our programmes together. You’ll get to try a bit of everything – shadowing alongside our producers and news reporters, seeing how we tell local stories on the radio and online, and learning how we plan our programmes. You’ll also be able to bring your own ideas and see what it takes to make them great bits of radio or digital content.
Radio Stoke (over 18)
We can offer a 1 week placement where you will get the opportunity to gain experience in the studio, in the newsroom and on location to provide an all-round experience of how the team operate a BBC Local Radio station. Please indicate if your interest is in sport in particular rather than news, reporting or presenting
Radio Suffolk (over 18)
Experience an overview of local news journalism and radio programming involving observing and shadowing, plus you may get the opportunity to record and edit their own pieces.
Radio Sussex - Brighton (over 18)
BBC Radio Sussex is the radio station for Sussex, keeping listeners informed of the latest local news and information. We are able to offer work experience placements to anyone aged 18 or over, with an interest in radio journalism and/or digital production. Successful applicants would be based at our studios in the centre of Brighton
Radio Surrey - Guildford (over 18)
BBC Radio Surrey is the radio station for Surrey and North East Hampshire, keeping listeners informed of the latest local news and information. We are able to offer work experience placements to anyone aged 18 or over, with an interest in radio journalism and/or digital production. Successful applicants would be based at our studios on the University of Surrey campus in Guildford.
Radio Wiltshire (over 18)
You will have the opportunity to join the news or program teams in a busy local radio newsroom serving the county of Wiltshire. You will see how programmes are compiled, shadow our reporters and see how a news bulletin is put together. You may even have the opportunity to learn how to produce your own audio for output on air under the guidance of BBC staff.
Radio York (over 18)
You’ll be in our York office with the team originating stories, finding brilliant guests for on-air interviews, writing scripts and gathering audio. We will show you more about how we work and you’ll experience live programming. You may also work alongside our sport and social media teams.
The placement is suitable for people with an interest in journalism, radio or music production.
How to apply
Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.
What happens to my application after I submit it?
We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.
Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.
Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)
Locations - Various BBC buildings across the Regions
Opportunities available throughout April - July 2022
Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)