1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am training to become a broadcast engineer so I spend time with the teams in the engineering departments working to support studios, systems, outside broadcasts & all the technology used by the BBC production staff as well as installing upgrades and developing projects
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am now a qualified first aider, completed PAT testing, rooftop access, Linux basics and Maintenance at Work skills that have helped me complete tasks on my day to day placements.I have also developed skills in communication, time keeping and team working skills that are also valuable in work
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really love the scheme. Being able to go out and get valuable experience while studying for a degree is amazing. The teams I have been based with have made me feel very welcome & have got me involved in jobs so that I can keep developing my skills.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
Even though I am an apprentice, I have been able to work on my own projects and help with existing ones that are in progress. My manager and placement leaders have really appreciated some of this work and being recognized for this is fantastic.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course has been very well structured. The programme plan was set out at the beginning and each section was clearly defined. Any meetings between our course leaders, managers or mentors are arrange in advance and clearly defined.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The university could give some more remote support as our course spends a lot of time away from the campus and lecturers aren't used to/ keen on giving feed back over emails for assessments so it can be difficult to get support at times.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Any issues that we have when we are on placement or with the scheme in general, our placement supervisors and manager are keen to address these at the earliest opportunity and correct the problem.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Our Salary is very good and it does cover our needs. When we travel on business/travel to training away from base, our costs are covered by work for travel, hotels and meals so we are very well looked after
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Outside work, as a group or with our local team we would usually socialise with a few drink and bond as a group. In the spare time available that I have, I spend my time playing rugby which the placement managers are very considerate when I need to go to matches/training etc. The BBC Club also arrange events throughout the month to accommodate all tastes in sport/cooking/socialising etc
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a fantastic company that accommodates everyone. It has made me feel so welcome and the opportunities to grow and develop on a daily basis are fantastic, allowing me the chance to work on projects and programmes that are a once in a lifetime opportunity
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *
Go out and get experience in the area that you work in. Doing PA Sound, local school newspaper etc is experience that shows you are passionate for the area and would impress in an interview. Also in an interview, be yourself. Show the interviews and staff around you what sort of person you are and that you are keen to work together to benefit the company.
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