Broadcast Operator at BBC

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£14,250 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

8.8 /10

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


My job role involves many different things, as I am put on a rota which has changing roles. I have been working on the sound desk, video editing, and going out as a crew member, filming reporter's and their stories. Whatever I film will end up on the evening or lunch bulletin.

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


I have developed my communication skills since starting my job, working with reporters and other colleagues has really helped that. I have also learnt new editing skills, and have been taught how to operate a sound desk for a live bulletin. I have also been taught how to use a broadcast camera.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my job role a lot. I've had so many great opportunities since I started my job and have gained so many useful skills for the future of my career. I look forward to coming into work every day, and learning more about my job and how to do it.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is very well organised. For the most part I always know what I'm going to be doing when I come into work, and the people that I'm shadowing/working with also know that I'm going to be with them that day, it has almost been perfect except for a couple of small hiccups.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


My employer can always answer any questions that I ask them, that is my placement manager and my apprenticeship manager. I don't ever feel like I don't have support which is very reassuring as I go through my apprenticeship. I will always be well informed of an upcoming event or change of plans as well which is very nice to know.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


We have all got personalised progression plans so I feel like the support from my training provider is very good. When we go up to college for exams/courses we are always well looked after, and the facilities are fantastic. We have recently not been in the dark about the plan for the course at all, which is really good.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


Unfortunately I don't feel like the qualification I am doing is very related to the job role I have. I am a broadcast operator at work, but am doing an infrastructure technician course at college; and there are very few crossovers between those two subjects. But it has definitely helped with a few things regarding networking.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


There are some extra-curricular activities that are run at work, such as yoga, and social activities. I do not attend any of these but I have been told that the things that are run are very well organised and are very much enjoyable. I will definitely consider these in the future.

9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend?


9b. Why?

Working at the BBC is a fantastic work environment and I thoroughly enjoy every minute that I spend here. I love the variety of roles and the different types of people that work here. The managers are also very friendly I always feel like I'm in good hands when at work.

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

My advice would be make sure that you have a strong application, and if you do get to the interview stage, make sure you turn up very presentable and friendly. I would also say make sure you pick the right job role as well. There are so many different roles that if you do want a career in media then there will be a role that suits you best.

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