1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The title of my role is 'Apprentice Broadcast Engineer' for the BBC.
It involves various placements within the broadcast industry, with the likes of the BBC itself, Arqiva, ITV, BFBS etc. This is mixed in with block learning weeks at university to study a BEng in Broadcast Engineering.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Studying a BEng in Broadcast Engineering. Delved into various programming languages. Computer Networking. Circuits, Power and Signals. Audio and Video Principles (Encoding of video streams etc). Transmission and RF Theory. Dexterity with tools. Broadcast workflows
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It's enjoyable if you thrive in a hard work environment. It's not an easy apprenticeship but with the right frame of mind you'll enjoy the variety of placements and university work. You also network a great deal, meeting people all across the BBC, and become great friends with your fellow apprentices.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
Yes. My manager is very communicative and makes you feel valued as a member of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction week and initial training is brilliant and it gives you a small insight to everything that goes on within the world of broadcast. The placements give you extensive knowledge in the specific areas you're working in, which aids you in having a large understanding of the broadcast chain. The university is the hardest part for me personally, but it is manageable if you're prepared to work hard.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Due to being all over the country a lot of the time, it's generally harder to communicate with University Staff, and left with the only resource being email. This works well enough, but isn't as good as actually being around the university campus.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The manager has always been there to listen to me with any concerns and ideas I may have.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As proven by several of my colleagues it's possible to live away from home with the salary provided. London weighting is provided to those who work there.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Plenty, such as outreach programs at convention centres.
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a brilliant opportunity which will make your CV shine when you've finished the scheme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *
Show your interest in the given area (E.G Technology) and that you have a passion to learn and develop.
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