1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a broadcast engineer apprentice my time is split evenly throughout the year between university and placement within the broadcast industry. Whilst at university I study 3 modules a term which are assessed through either coursework or testing. Placements are an opportunity for me to gain experience in a work environment.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Whilst at university we have learnt python, sql, matlab code and network device communication as computer languages. Furthermore our knowledge of engineering maths, broadcast systems, electronic principles and computer operations has been developed whilst at university. During placement I have learnt practical skills such as replacement and repairs on broadcast equipment
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my broadcast engineering apprenticeship scheme to a great extent. Time spent at university offers the chance to increase my academic ability whilst providing a genuine taste of university life. Whereas placement within the broadcast industry provides an experience only accessible by being in a genuine work place environment.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The scheme is very well organised. As well as a timetable covering the entire 3 year course on a week by week basis, an updated timetable is sent out every few months giving greater detail on the coming weeks. This is useful you have as a clear plan of your coming schedule.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive excellent support from my employer. They engage with us socially to find out how our placement/university block is going. Furthermore they schedule regular catch up meetings to check our progress in a official capacity. They are always very quick to respond when further help/support is required.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
We receive a very good level of support from the university. Regular lectures helps to support our learning in a productive way. Whenever extra help outside of university time is required lecturers are easily accessible and often have a quick response with useful advice on the question posed to them.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification provided by the university provides a great help to perform better in my role. A degree in broadcast engineering perfectly sets you up for a role in broadcast engineering after the end of the course. Whilst on the course it provides an excellent basis to fulfill your role as an apprentice.
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.)
Unfortunately due to the busy nature of the course, extra-curricular activities are limited. At university the vast majority of the time is spent studying so there is very little time available to join sport/social clubs but they are offered by the university and are available to join to everyone.
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend?
The BBC is a great environment to work in full of friendly and passionate people. The apprenticeship is great pathway to career as a broadcast engineer, an excellent opportunity for anyone involved in broadcast. If you never considered broadcast as a career path its an interesting and constantly changing industry.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC?
I would advice others applying to the BBC to know about what the BBC outputs. Know the channels that are produced but also other areas of the company such as online presence, apps and original content. It's very useful to know as much as you cn about the company you want to join.
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