Broadcast Operator Trainee Scheme at BBC

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Broadcast Operator Trainee Scheme

What to expect on your trainee scheme

Are you interested in the technical side of broadcasting?

The BBC’s broadcast services are at the heart of communities across the UK; telling stories that matter to people, on TV, radio, online and via our wider digital services. Through this trainee scheme you could be part of the next generation of technical operators in Belfast working on a variety of output from news to quiz shows.

Working alongside our journalists and programme makers the dedicated team of Broadcast Technical Operators make sure the broadcast equipment and technology side of our business runs smoothly. This trainee scheme is an exciting entry level opportunity to join the BBC, working at the front end of technical operating in the newsroom, studios, intake areas, galleries and out on location. You'll receive on the job training from our highly skilled technical operators across different areas, for example vision, sound and post production.

On successfully completing this scheme, you may wish to progress your career-path into the following specialisms:

  • Camera Operations
  • Radio and Television Sound Operations
  • Post Production/Picture Editing
  • IP Operation
  • Shoot/ Edit Multi-skilled Operator
  • Floor Management
  • TV Vision Mixing
  • Media Managing

What we look for

This trainee scheme is all about being part of the action. You will need to demonstrate that you have practical experience in the technical operational environment, and we do want to see that your passion and drive to do this exciting and demanding work shines through in your application.

We would love to see examples of any transferable practical skills that you may have through a related hobby or interest, other extra-curricular activities and volunteering.

Throughout the application process, you will be assessed on the following:

  • Practical application (including the ability to multitask)
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Agility
  • Time management
  • Self-awareness
  • Resilience
  • Problem solving

As long as you have these skills, we can teach you the rest!

We’re looking for grades 9 to 4 (A-C) at GCSE in English and Maths or equivalent. You’re also likely to have gained or have completed by the start of the scheme, a technical media related subject as part of your learning.

You must currently hold documentation that gives you the legal right to work in the UK full time from January 2022 in order to be eligible for this scheme. You also need to be over 18 at time of starting in January.

If you have a disability and would like your application to go through the Extend Hub you will be able to select this option when you apply.

What are we offering?

  • A salary of £21,216 per year (pro-rated).
  • 25 days holiday a year with an option to buy or sell days to suit you. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year.
  • Gold-standard industry training delivered by specialists and senior BBC technical staff.
  • A mentor to support and guide you during your training.
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
  • Access to BBC staff networks. Our networks are open to everyone and provide an effective way to reflect and understand the communities we serve.

About the BBC

Be part of something special. Join the BBC.

The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster. Funded primarily through the television licence fee, the BBC provides audiences in the UK with high quality and distinctive services across television, radio and online. In the UK the BBC provides 10 network television services, 10 network radio services, 46 radio services in the nations and regions of the UK, plus an extensive online presence. The BBC also delivers impartial news and information to audiences around the globe through the World Service.

How to apply

To apply for this role and to find out more, please click on the apply button.

Applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

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