Welcome to Work Experience opportunities across the regions within Radio. If you’re interested in Radio Production, Drama, Factual & Entertainment and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for all the regional radio networks including Radio Oxford, 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. We aim to give you an introduction on 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 used in areas of Drama and Entertainment.
During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in.
Are you the right 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 work hard, 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 work.
We have placements available in the following areas:
Radio Beds, Herts & Bucks, Three Countries Radio (over 18)
The successful candidate will gain an opportunity to initiate and produce, as part of a team, a wide variety of news and current affairs material for Radio from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. You will work alongside different teams on the radio station booking guests, writing briefs and helping in the studio. You may help with reporters covering stories and conduct recorded vox pops.
Radio Berkshire (over 18)
You'll have the opportunity to; work closely with all our programme teams, set up interviews, record interviews, edit audio, write cues and general programme production tasks. We expect candidates to clearly demonstrate a commitment to working within the broadcast industry in their applications.
Radio Cambridge (over 18)
You will gain experience with one of the many programme teams on station assisting with a number of key areas depending on whether your interests lie in News or General programmes. You could be recording vox pops and setting up interviews to taking calls from listeners and meet and greeting studio guests
Radio Cumbria (over 18)
Radio Cumbria provides an insight into researching, preparing and maybe reporting on a variety of news and programme stories.
Radio Derby (May & June only - over 18)
BBC Radio Derby has two types of work experience available:
News and sport - you’ll become a member of our newsroom for the duration of your placement.
Programmes - you’ll spend your time working on the production of one of our daytime programmes.
BBC Essex (over 18)
Get an opportunity to overview BBC Essex’s news and programme operations. Your time with us may involve observing and shadowing, with some opportunities to take on specific tasks.
Radio Gloucestershire (over 18)
The successful candidate will spend two weeks getting involved with all aspects of working in the news room. You’ll be hands on – researching stories, recording vox pops, setting up guests and learning how we put programmes together. The opportunity is suitable for individuals who can demonstrate an active interest in broadcast journalism to gain further practical experience. Candidates should also have a keen interest in Radio Production
Radio Guernsey (April & June only - over 18)
Radio Guernsey provides an opportunity to watch the whole range of broadcast career opportunities that are available in local radio, television and online.
Radio Jersey - Channel Islands (over 18)
This placement is aimed at those students who have an interest in multimedia. Successful candidates may have a chance to watch the whole range of broadcast career opportunities that are available in local television, radio and online. The States of Jersey insist candidates must be “entitled” to live and work in Jersey and/or have strong family connections with the island.
Radio Kent (over 18)
Find out what it takes to produce a daily all-speech local breakfast show. You’ll be expected to contribute ideas as well as carry out straight-forward newsgathering duties. You’ll work in a collaborative multi-media environment in 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 Leicester (over 18)
Leicester is home to Richard III and the current Premier League champions Leicester City. BBC Radio Leicester is Britain’s first local radio station and you could spend a placement as the station celebrates its 50th year. During this two week-long placement you’ll be given the opportunity to find out about BBC Local Radio and making content for local audiences. You’ll be working alongside the programmes, news and sport teams, with practical hands on experience that will give you a flavour of the various roles in local radio”
Radio Leeds (over 18)
As a busy BBC local radio station, we broadcast the news and stories that matter to our listeners across West Yorkshire. Watch a presenter at work, join the daily news meeting, shadow a reporter out on a story, help produce a show and assist the BBC Radio Leeds journalists setting up guests, recording and editing audio, researching stories or writing scripts.
Radio Lincolnshire (April & June only - over 18)
The placement will provide the successful candidate with an insight into how local stories are sourced and how they make it onto air. Candidates will be able to work alongside various weekday programme teams; learn how to use recording equipment, editing software, see how programmes are outputted and shadow a selection of reporters. This placement covers news and programmes only and not music production or presentation.
Radio Manchester (over 18)
You will be paired with one of the many programme teams on station assisting with a number of key areas depending on whether your interests lie in News or General programmes. You could be recording vox pops and setting up interviews to taking calls from listeners and meet and greeting studio guests.
Radio Merseyside (over 18)
In a fast moving and exciting working environment, the placement will have the opportunity to shadow and work with news and programme teams doing basic research, taking phone calls, developing interviewing skills and doing basic editing. There may also be the possibility of making content for social media.
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 Breakfast Show is put together. If you bring suitable ideas then we will help you work on them and they may get on air’
Radio Oxford (over 18)
Get an opportunity to overview Radio Oxford’s news and programme operations. Your time with us may involve observing and shadowing, with some opportunities to take on specific tasks. Candidates should have an interest in local radio production and output.
BBC Introducing - Oxford (over 18)
Successful applicants will gain experience of working in a live music broadcasting environment over the course of three weeks, working on one week day and on a Saturday. You'll work alongside the BBC Introducing in Oxford team and will spend time observing and shadowing production staff, with some opportunities to take on specific tasks. Candidates should have an interest in radio production and enjoy going to gigs in Oxfordshire and listening to local music.
Radio Suffolk (over 18)
Experience an overview of local news journalism and radio programming involving observing and shadowing, plus the opportunity to record and edit pieces their own pieces.
Radio Sussex - Brighton (over 18)
BBC Sussex is pleased to offer placements at its Brighton headquarters, across a range of programmes, including our flagship Breakfast programme. You will get the chance to shadow our presenters and producers, along with the bulletins team and our Sussex reporter, who is deployed to stories across the county. Ideally, you should already be on a relevant course and/or have gained some previous experience elsewhere (e.g. community radio).
Radio Surrey - Guildford (over 18)
BBC Surrey is pleased to offer placements to gain experience primarily with our flagship Breakfast Show that goes out each weekday morning from 6 until 9. You will get the chance to shadow our presenter and producers, along with the bulletins team and our Surrey reporter, who is deployed to stories across the county. Ideally, you should already be on a relevant course and/or have gained some previous experience elsewhere (e.g. community radio).
Radio Wiltshire (over 18)
You will have the opportunity to work with our news or program teams in a busy local radio newsroom serving the county of Wiltshire. You will see how bulletins are compiled and be able to shadow our reporters. You may even have the opportunity to produce your own audio for output on air under the guidance of BBC staff.
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 and Channel Islands
- Opportunities available throughout April, May and June 2017