1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a Broadcast Engineer Apprentice by role is split between attending university and having several work placements in different BBC departments & BBC affiliate companies. A day of work experience includes putting the theoretical university knowledge learned earlier in the academic year to practical use and learning how different roles are done on a daily basis.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes! Huge amounts. For example; how to draw engineering diagrams, build & repair severs, program entire department networks, rigging tv studios, using high quality industry standard cameras, building radio receivers, the list goes on.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Very much so. Everyday is a challenge. From university to placements there are ample amounts of opportunities to learn form industry leaders and award winning lecturers. The ability to physically put the university work into practical, real life, real time environments is the most exciting part.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
A great deal. I am very well looked after and access to those who can help me in any manner of this journey are easily accessible.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Extremely well organised. We know our timetables and what city we will be in almost a year in advance.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our line manager is only a call or text away which makes me feel very comfortable. Lecturers are also an email or even a Skype call away and a rather quick to respond too.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The BBC offer us a lot of support in the form of a mentor from the year above and extra tuition classes.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well. The ability to claim expenses is very much need and appreciated and the annual salary is well over what is expected for an apprenticeship.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes. The BBC being a big participant in many charity events allow for a lot of opportunities outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because I can't fault it. All areas of concern you may thing of are covered and supported. The BBC being such a reputable corporation & industry leader, who else better to work and learn with and from.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *
Be yourself! The BBC need a different types of people from all types of backgrounds who have a hardworking mentally and the drive to produce amazing services to the public.
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