Production Apprentice Fast Track Scotland at BBC

Top Employer
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£14,000 - £15,999
7th May 2021
Role May Involve:
Digital Media & IT Creative & Design

Connect with BBC

Overall Rating

Production Apprentice Fast Track Scotland

What to expect on your apprenticeship

On this scheme you will get 18 months mix of study- with a SCQF 7 apprenticeship qualification- and learning on the job. You will be based in Glasgow, however there may be opportunities throughout the apprenticeship to visit other BBC Scotland sites.

This year, the Scotland apprenticeship scheme is offering three different pathways. Based on your interests and skills, you will have the opportunity to apply for a pathway which interests you the most.

You could be focussing on developing ideas and stories (editorial), mastering how to use technical kit (craft skills) or learning how to schedule and set up filming, editing and running a production office (production management).

We also welcome Gaelic speakers, so if this applies to you, you can include this in your application!

Technical Production

BBC Scotland Operations team provide specialist craft skills to a wide range of programme makers across TV, Radio and Online. Our teams work on various output from live daily Radio and TV News and Sport programmes; to major Outside Broadcasts such as TRNSMT, Scottish Cup Final and Hogmanay Live; as well as Studio entertainment programmes like Mrs Brown’s Boys; Hit List; Ready Steady Cook and Swashbuckle!

Over 18 months we will train and develop you through specialised training and work placements in craft areas including cameras, sound, vision, newsgathering and media central. You will also get an overview of our editing, dubbing and graphics functions. You will be mentored by craft specialists from within BBC Scotland.

The type of experience you may gain in these areas would be for example:

  • Your work in sound, across both radio and television, will involve setting microphones, rigging and testing radio microphone and talkback systems, building and operating PA systems either as part of programme making or support content.
  • In vision engineering you will work with studio vision systems involving distribution and control of video signals to broadcast requirements. You will colour balance cameras for programme use both in the studios and in outside broadcast situations.
  • In cameras you will be shooting content under direction that will either be live to air or for recorded programmes.

Editorial & Production Management

If you pick either Editorial or Production Management pathway, you will get the chance to gain experience across TV, Radio and Digital platforms. This may include working on exciting productions like Breaking the News, Mornings with…, Loop, The Social, Bitesize, Off the Ball, Celtic Connections, Children in Need, Proms in the Park, TRNSMT, Eòrpa and many more!

You may also get the chance to work on exciting documentaries and popular science TV productions produced by BBC Studios. Within the documentary unit, you could be working on shows like Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby (BBC 2), Royal History’s Biggest Fibs (BBC2), Being Bridget Jones (BBC2), The One Show Film team (BBC1). For our science based unit, this may include Horizon: Feast To Save the Planet (BBC 2), The Truth About… (BBC1), How to Sleep Better (Channel 5) and Cook Clever Waste Less (Channel 4).

Production Management: Do you like variation at work, do you love to be organised and like the idea of being part of a team who make productions happen? If so, then production management may be for you. When working in a production team, you will help towards the planning, organisation and delivery of exciting productions. Tasks may include organising travel and accommodation to filming locations in the UK , abroad or TV studio, learning how to create filming schedules, filling in post-production paperwork and providing general administrative support throughout the full production process.

Editorial: You will gain skills within the editorial teams, who are for those who have a passion for creating content. You may be working as a Runner within the office, in studio or on location. You may also do research for stories, locations, contributors, props; assisting crew with camera kit; distributing call sheets/scripts; looking after crew and contributors on shoots.

What we look for

  • We are not looking at qualifications - there is no academic entry requirement. We are focused on you having a passion and curiosity, whether that be for TV, Radio, Online/Digital and be motivated to learn the production process from start to finish.
  • In your application, we want to hear about your hobbies, personal interests, skills or even work experience you may have, which has inspired you to take this next step!
  • Do as much research as possible about our roles and the programmes we make. There is lots of resources out there to find out more about what we do.
  • Be a great team player – On this scheme, you will be working on real programmes with our production teams, learning and gaining experience every day. Working in a professional environment you may be faced with some challenges along the way!
  • Be flexible and adaptable due to the pace of work, learning and production demands – working at the BBC isn’t always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job.
  • Remember, if you are a Gaelic speaker too, let us know in your application!

Due to health and safety considerations, we cannot accept applications from individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the apprenticeship. There is no upper age limit

This scheme is aimed at non-graduates. If you already have a degree we would encourage you to search our other vacancies for entry level roles via our website.

What are we offering?

  • A starting salary of £14400 per year (pro-rated), followed by an annual increase.
  • 25 days holiday a year. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year
  • Industry training delivered by the BBC Academy from specialists and senior BBC and freelance production and technical staff.
  • Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF level 7 delivered by an experienced and established training provider.

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.

Awards for BBC

Recruiting? See how we can help you