1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an apprentice broadcast operator. Day to day I can be doing anything from manning cameras on my local news programme, to being on the road with a crew helping broadcast the latest news story.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. I have learnt how to work TV cameras, how a television broadcast goes out and how in the future we want to adapt television to broadcast with different methods such as over IP.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love the programme. Partially because i am working for such a big company. I also like the fact that I am getting paid to learn and get to experience everything first hand in a real life situation.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
I feel very valued by the BBC. They listen to every concern you have and help you to strive to be the best you can. They take everyone's individual needs on board and try and cater to everyone to make life easier for all involved.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship is very well organised and so is the training. College was disappointing but the way the course was delivered had nothing to do with the BBC and was down to the discretion of Newcastle College.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive as much support as i need from my training provider. i wouldn't ever feel scared to query anything with any of the staff on board and I am sure they would go out of their way to help anyone involved.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is the same as my training provider. I receive as much support as i need from my training provider. i wouldn't ever feel scared to query anything with any of the staff on board and I am sure they would go out of their way to help anyone involved.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
When training or at college i get travel expenses and hotel costs covered, as well as a £16 evening meal allowance so they cover all the costs when away from home. When selecting the course we had to choose a placement near to home, so this would minimise living costs for us. I am coping comfortably on my wage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We often get invited to many different events put on by the BBC. These include going into schools to talk about our scheme and even include being able to volunteer for things like sports personality of the year.
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its a huge company to work for. Has a great brand reputation and they cover everyones needs on board. Everyone is treated as an equal and everyone involved in the scheme enjoys every day of the job.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *
Put %110 effort into all stages. Interview, application and work itself. Be yourself, because if not there is no way you will ever be employed by them. Volunteer for everything the comes up. Enjoy yourself.
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