1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I currently am a business coordinator in the Design and Engineering (D&E) sector of the BBC. I work within the performance and compliance team, which tracks the business performance and of the entire sector. Using the data we offer up solutions to the senior management team on how various issues that occur within the sector can be solved e.g. what sort of training do we need to offer and how.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, primarily I have developed my presentation and communication skills, after being given many opportunities to give presentations and offer my thoughts on various issues. This also has given my confidence a massive boost. I came into the apprenticeship with a good understanding of Excel, but after two roles that were heavy on data collection and usage, I have had made significant improvements in my ability to analyse that data and subsequently communicate it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme a lot, due to the vast array of skills and experiences I have had. I can honestly say that no two days are the same. The degree element is extremely challenging, but it is also very rewarding and the content you learn can be very interesting.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
I have been given a significant amount of responsibility and trust in my role. This is really nice as it really makes you feel like you are there to do a real and important job and are really valued as an employee.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme, on the whole, is well organised, but there are some lapses in communication between the scheme's management and the apprentices. These lapses also extend to Pearson who are not always the most forthcoming with information. I believe that the scheme needs another person on the management team to ensure that individuals issues are properly dealt with and not left unattended. I also feel that the scheme can be too rigid in its structure and restricts apprentices when it comes to exploring opportunities outside their placements or scheme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Due to the lack of communication the support we receive is not always the most present, and sometimes we have to go searching for it. That said, if we do ask for help it is always given and Pearson can be very accommodating and helpful.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Again, the lack of communication can cause issues here but when we ask for help it is given. Unfortunately, due to the rigid structure, the scheme can close off opportunities to us, and that can feel like we are not being supported in our goals.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I live at home still, and so other than travel and food I do not have any huge outgoings. Therefore, my salary does meet my costs, but I know other apprentices have struggled on this scheme due to the cost or living in London. The BBC's travel loan is something that has helped me a lot when it comes to paying for travel.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are but primarily through Pearson college. I have been given the opportunity to present my research at a conference and this presents a great networking opportunity. There are some good social opportunities as many teams have weekly social events like 5-a-side football, something which I am involved in.
9. Would you recommend BBC to a friend?
I would because it has been an absolutely amazing experience. There are some issues, but that should not deter someone from going for it. The qualifications and experience you gain here are completely unmatchable, and that is due the to the notoriety of the BBC.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC?
100% be yourself. There is Jo typical BBC employee and you need to show that you have individual and creative ideas that can help solve problems. Be confident in who you are and express what you have done in school or previous work with pride.
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