Apprentice Broadcast Engineer at BBC

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£14,000 annually
Review Date:
January 2017

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I am an apprentice broadcast engineer at the BBC. This 3 year scheme involves a mixture of industry-based work placements & university. Between each semester we are sent into a number of different companies including BBC, ITV, CNN & Arqiva.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Due to the nature of the course, I have had many opportunities to further both my practical and academic skills. With this course, you very much get out what you put in. On placements you can sit at your desk on your phone all day, or could be learning from other engineers and the jobs they're doing around you.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I love the nature of the programme. I also find that having the industry based placements helps to keep me motivated for the next semester of university. The other people of the scheme also help to make the whole course enjoyable.

4. How valued do you feel by BBC?


The BBC has invested a lot of time and money in me. Having them fund my degree & pay my salary makes me feel highly valued. The scope of jobs and the responsibility that we are given also makes us feel highly valued.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Placements tend to be better organised than univserity. There are sometimes some issues with the univseritys flexibility around projects and our placements. To be fair, this has got better as the course has gone on.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Our universities have had some issues with accommodating our type of scheme. Due to having very short times at university, this can be an issue. The university isn't used to this, so lots of communication is needed.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The BBC, on the whole, has been great. They are very happy to accommodate any of our needs, and try to organise the placements that we ask for. They are also benefits in working in such a large, well rebound company.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


While small for a full-time worker, our salaries are good. We get paid to go to university & on our private study weeks. This means that we are all compatibly well off for students - not to be complained about!

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Thanks to the size and nature of the BBC, we get many opportunities. I recently took part in last years Sport Personality of The Year in Birmingham. This opportunity arose from my manager, but wasn't part of the scheme.

9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

The BBC look after their employees well. Having also had the opportunity to work within different industry players, the BBC workers seem to be the happiest and most satisfied with their jobs.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *

The advice I'd give to anyone applying to a training course at the BBC is to show real interest. Remember that you're not expected to know how to be a broadcast engineer - that what this course does. Just show them you want to learn and are ready to work hard.

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