Digital Journalism Apprentice at BBC

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Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
July 2020

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


My daily role does change quite frequently but usually I am either creating/editing videos for the website or on social media. I have also written a couple articles for the website as well. On other days I do promotion where i engage with our audience on social media to see if they like the content we're putting out. I also connect with viewers via Instagram stories.

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


I have learnt many skills in the duration of my apprenticeship thus far. The main skill that i have learnt is editing. At first, using the software final cut pro can be quite daunting but now I think I've got the hang of it. My communication and confidence skills has also improved massively since joining the BBC.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I am really joining the programme so far, I really like that my placement gives me the opportunity to pitch a range of ideas and in doing so I feel like my confidence has improved.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My programme is very structured, the split between learning and doing practical work is very balanced. However i would say the transition from sixth form to working full time is a massive jump and can take quite some time to get use to.

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


I receive quite a lot of support from my employers. My placement manager, mentor, coordinator and college teachers are all very accessible and are easy to talk to. I have personal one to one meetings with my managers and mentor so I constantly feel supported.

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


My training providers are very helpful in the sense they make sure that you stay to strict deadlines and once again are constantly there if you need the extra support.

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


While i think it is possible to have the same skills by learning on the job. I do think the extra training with NCTJ has really helped as it meant that i wasn't completely clueless stepping into the busy newsroom.

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.)


As far as i know there are not many extra curricular clubs to join at the BBC. Extra curricular clubs were something that I generally enjoyed at school so it would be nice to know more about them if they are any that I don't know about. Nevertheless, the BBC do have schemes where you can develop your networking skills.

9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend?


9b. Why?

The experience working for such a reputable company in itself is such a great achievement. I would say that if you're really passionate about current affairs then the BBC is the best place to ensure that you're telling real life stories with due impartiality and accuracy.

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

The best advice i could give to someone would be to be yourself. The BBC want someone who is really genuine and just passionate about what they do. Also, i would advise not to give up. The application process may seem tedious but the result at the end will be so worth it if they see your true potential.

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