BBC Cymru Wales is the national broadcaster of Wales, providing a wide range of English and Welsh language programming and output for audiences on television, radio and online. Its national TV programming for Wales is available on BBC One Wales, BBC Two Wales, BBC iPlayer and S4C. It offers two national radio stations, BBC Radio Wales in English and BBC Radio Cymru in Welsh, and two distinct websites. It is also responsible for a significant volume of network programming across TV, Radio and Online, including programmes such as Doctor Who, Crimewatch and Casualty. BBC Cymru Wales is also home of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
This diversity across many different strands of TV Radio and Online output enables work experience students a unique opportunity to experience the BBC across a wide range of genres and platforms.
BBC Cymru Wales employs around 1200 staff, the majority in sites in Cardiff and Cardiff Bay, but also in other locations across Wales including Bangor, Wrexham, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen.
These placements provide a “taster” experience of working within the BBC and broadcasting industry. It is aimed at individuals who want to work in the media and would like to find out more about the range of jobs potentially available. Candidates will have the opportunity to see television, radio and online production at first hand. Candidates will have the chance to spend time with those who produce and co-ordinate the output as well as the craft specialists who capture and post-produce it, along with the staff that provide engineering and IT support across all aspects of programme making and transmission.
Are you the right candidate?
We're looking for applicants with a demonstrable interest either in Radio, Television or Online programme making and broadcasting.
Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills, be creative, adaptable and highly motivated. The ability to work well in a busy team is crucial. As well as needing an interest in broadcasting, candidates should have an awareness of BBC Wales and its local output.
Programme-making can be hectic and unpredictable and applicants should be confident that they will work well in such an environment. The successful candidate should be prepared to ask lots of questions and contribute ideas.
We are committed to equality of opportunity for everyone and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background for work experience at BBC Wales. Due to current under-representation of candidates from black and minority ethnic groups, people that have a disability or people that choose a more vocational route into employment, we encourage applications from candidates in these groups but we will consider candidates of all backgrounds on their individual merits.
Candidates do not need to have a media qualification to apply but should be able to demonstrate their passion and genuine interest in broadcasting.
We have placements available in the following areas:
BBC Cymru Fyw website (open to candidates aged 16 and over)
The aim of Cymru Fyw is to reflect the latest from Wales in Welsh across news, politics, sports, the arts, radio, television and popular culture. As well as news articles, we also publish feature articles in our Cylchgrawn (Magazine) section.
This is an opportunity to join the production team in Cardiff for one week. You’ll get the chance to contribute and develop original story ideas as well as research and produce content for the website.
The ability to work through the medium of Welsh is essential for this placement.
BBC Bangor Taster Week (open to applicants 16 and over)
Spend a week shadowing a variety of departments in Bangor – to include programmes produced for Radio Cymru (Welsh language), news material for radio, television and online (Welsh and English) and the technical aspects of production. It is an ideal opportunity to see the breadth of work carried out in Bangor.
Cardiff Newsroom (May & June only - over 18)
Cardiff Newsroom where teams produce output for the BBC on TV, Radio and Online. The candidate will be primarily based with the Newsgathering team and may have the opportunity to research, write and find guests for programmes observe how programmes get to air and spend time with operational staff and reporters.
Crimewatch (over 18)
You will get the opportunity to observe and learn some of different production processes on this long established BBC One Network programme. Depending on the timing of the placement, you may help the production team prepare for the filming of the reconstructions shoots on location, which could include research, transcriptions and the sourcing of props etc. You may be able to observe editing or help in the preparation of the live outside broadcasts. This placement would suit someone who is committed and flexible
Drama – (Roath Lock – Over 18)
Successful applicants will get the opportunity to be part of the production process which will include assisting the team location filming, Studio filming, the Production office, Scripts and Post Production depending on timing in various departments.
Popular Factual Wales - BBC Studios (Cardiff - over 18)
Successful applicants will get the opportunity gain experience with one or more teams producing a range of local and network television programmes for television. Projects include strands such as Bargain Hunt, X-ray, The One Show and Crimewatch Roadshow as well as one-off commissions.
You’ll get involved in supporting the production team in the office, which could include assisting with research, organising shoots, logging footage and other general production duties. You will gain a good understanding of the production process and have the opportunity to sit in an edit and possibly go on location.
The department would like to encourage as diverse a range of applicants as possible
Network Radio (Cardiff - Over 18)
Successful applicants will get the opportunity to gain experience with the team producing a range of radio programmes. These are Composer of the Week and The Choir as well as single documentary features and music/arts.
You’ll get involved in supporting the production team in the office, which could include assisting with research and scheduling, organising recordings and other general radio production duties. You will gain a good understanding of the production process and have the opportunity to sit in a Sadie edit and possibly go on location.
The department would like to encourage as diverse a range of applicants as possible.
Wales Music (BBC Studios Entertainment, Music and Events) – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (Cardiff – June only - over 18)
You will be supporting the production team on location at the event, during which time you will gain a good understanding of an Outside Broadcast and all its elements.
You will be allocated a role within the production team for the duration of the competition, such as supporting a filming crew or department with their varying requirements.
If you have a particular area of interest we will endeavour to accommodate that
The department would like to encourage as diverse a range of applicants as possible.
Week In Week - BBC Wales Current Affairs programme (over 18)
You could help to contribute to the production of hard hitting, investigative programmes and gain a real insight into how a half hour story/investigation is put together. It would be an opportunity to learn how we find stories and turn them into half hour current affairs programmes. You could learn invaluable investigative techniques and skills which will help in all aspects of research. You may also have the opportunity to go out with the team on location filming and sit in on an edit. Applicants should have an interest in Journalism and Current Affairs.
Operations – Studio & O.B.’s, Post Production. (Cardiff - over 18)
Successful candidates may gain practical experience of the work undertaken in Operations in any of the above departments which includes Camera work, Vision Mixing, Scenic, Electrical, Sound, Editing, Graphics, Multi-Skilled Operations and TV Presentation.
Newsgathering (Bangor - over 18)
You will gain experience working in the busy newsroom in Bangor and possibly shadow one of our reporters as they gather material for radio, television and online for BBC Cymru Wales. There may also be a chance to see how a live Welsh language radio programme is produced. The placement will be for one week. The ability to speak Welsh is not essential but candidates need to be aware that the majority of the radio programmes produced are for Radio Cymru.
News and Radio Production (Wrexham - over 18)
Successful candidates may get the opportunity to work alongside a reporter working for TV, Radio or News Online; attending news meetings, helping to research guests for programmes and shadowing producers as their programmes go on air.
Radio Wales (Cardiff - over 18)
Successful candidates may spend a week being involved in the production process for Jason Mohammad’s morning show, Wynne Evans – mid morning and Eleri Sion in the afternoon.
How to apply
Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, you’ll be asked to indicate your preferred placement in 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 - Bangor, Cardiff and Wrexham
- Opportunities available throughout April, May and June 21017