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About BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a UK based international public service broadcaster headquartered at Broadcasting House in London. It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with about 23,000 staff. It's looking for the next generation of talent to keep it at its best. It wants people with fresh ideas, who ultimately want a career in the industry.

Your Career

What to expect

UX Design trainee scheme

To build the best UX team in the business, the BBC is doing all it can to nurture the next generation of design superstars. That means you.

This is your chance to join its team of innovative and supportive UX designers. Get involved with the insight, imagination and regular research the BBC uses to create incredible experiences for people across the world.

On this year-long programme you'll rotate across a range of products - from iPlayer to News, from Sport to CBeebies.

You'll work on real projects with senior members of UX, as well as technical and editorial teams from across the BBC. You'll gain unparalleled experience, as you get involved in user research, information architecture, content analysis, interaction design, visual design, prototyping and much more.

The BBC has got placements available in London and/or Salford. So your location could be flexible depending on what suits you.

Technology Traineeship

The BBC Technology Traineeship is a ground breaking technology scheme for new graduates. Supported by co-investment from government, the BBC is offering a two year contract to work and train in technology teams across the BBC

This scheme supports you while you study towards an MSc in Digital Broadcast Technology accredited by Birmingham City University, at the same time as gaining invaluable industry experience. You won't have to pay any university fees, the BBC will pay you a Trainee's salary of £20,000 while you build up an excellent CV of valuable work experience. This will put you in a great position to apply for jobs at the BBC and across the wider broadcasting industry once you've completed the programme.

You will have a main BBC base, spending periods away on study or work placement. Through a series of academic modules and industrial experience the scheme will grow the next generation of Broadcast Engineers to help drive cutting edge innovation in broadcast technology. You'll develop an excellent theoretical and practical understanding of operational and technical systems and equipment and their use in the fast-moving broadcasting industry.

Digital Media Graduate Scheme

Now in its third successful year, the scheme offers the unique chance to be a part of some of the nation's most innovative and popular products, used and loved by millions of people, such as its News, Weather and Sport apps, iPlayer, and the brand new BBC Playlister.

Trainee Research Technologists Scheme

You could be working on the latest platform for HD TV, tapeless production tools or towards an IP-future. And as well as pushing the boundaries of technical thinking, the BBC is also keen to push your abilities: its blend of formal and on-the-job training will give you all the skills you need to become an expert in your field.

Trainee Research Scientists Scheme

This Trainee Scheme is an exceptional opportunity for graduates with a passion for human media interaction and technology design to join the BBC's award-winning R&D teams.

As an organisation with its audiences at its heart, the BBC always seeks to reflect people's tastes, interests and diversity, and the effective application of technology is more important now than it has ever been.

Whether it's Digital Switchover or its academic and industrial collaborations, you could be involved in several of its current strands of work, such as Design for Access Services, Digital Media Production Efficiencies and the convergence of broadcast and IP.

Take It On Scheme

Are you passionate about music, youth culture and all things digital? Are you already making your own creative content and are looking for the chance to gain professional experience?

Then, look no further! The BBC's paid 8 week internships will give you the chance to work across its shows and departments. You'll get hands on skills at the heart of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra HQ.

Production Trainee Scheme

If you gain a place on the Production Trainee Scheme you will be given a 12 month contract, and during that time you'll be trained and developed for a career in the media. You will be sent on three different work placements across the UK, in Radio and Television. You'll be mentored by a senior BBC Manager, and by the end of the scheme you'll have the skills to turn creative ideas into brilliant programmes.

Production Talent Pool

The BBC is looking for creative, passionate people with great ideas, but not necessarily people with academic qualifications or production experience. So don't talk yourself out of this great opportunity.

The Production Talent Pool is one of the main entry routes into production based roles across TV, Radio and Online at the BBC.

This is a great opportunity to kick-start your media career and it's looking for talented, creative and organised people who are committed to a future in media.

Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporters Scheme

The BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme gives talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop sports reporting skills at the BBC. The work experience placements are for two days a week for eight weeks during July and August 2015. Placements are available in the BBC across the UK. The BBC welcomes people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Journalism Trainee Scheme

Now in its eighth year the BBC's Journalism Trainee Scheme offers a year's paid work as a trainee in one of the BBC's UK newsrooms - across online, radio and TV - and the chance to work in one of the greatest broadcasting organisations in the world.

It's aim is to ensure you are in a strong position to apply for broadcast journalism jobs across the BBC once your traineeship ends. The BBC provides top quality training from the BBC Academy and valuable work experience on high-profile news outlets. The BBC also offers coaching and support on how to apply for jobs within the BBC once your traineeship has come to an end.

The BBC has a fine recruitment and retention rate - most of its previous trainees are still working in the BBC and over the years its journalism trainee schemes have an excellent record in helping to mould the brightest and the best. Previous trainees include past and present BBC Director Generals Mark Thompson and Tony Hall, news presenter Huw Edwards, Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant.



  • LifePlan pension scheme
  • Illness, personal accident or travel insurance


  • Health screening
  • Private medical or dental cover


  • Interest-free rail season ticket loans
  • Discounts on new bikes


  • Childcare vouchers
  • Monthly wine deliveries


With the BBC's amazing training and development opportunities, you'll get the chance to be even better at what you do.

The BBC Academy offers close to 700 different training courses to BBC staff. You can use them to keep on top of your game and learn the latest technology. You could even learn about something totally new and take your career in an exciting new direction.

The BBC has departments that give expert training to professionals working in key areas. These are:

  • The College of Journalism
  • The College of Production
  • The College of Technology

And for managers, the BBC has the College of Leadership. Here you'll get access to a huge range of training and support designed to help you be a brilliant and inspiring leader. It'll even give you expert training in things like CV writing, interviews and professional networking for when you want to plan your next career move.

The learning doesn't end there though. The BBC's attachment schemes give you the chance to experience a completely different part of the BBC and try new things. Events, seminars and talks from industry experts inside and outside the BBC are always on offer. And you can get one-on-one advice from its mentoring and coaching schemes.

But best of all though. Working with the BBC means you'll always be surrounded by great people who can teach you new things and really want to help you learn.

Training of the Industry

The BBC's training opportunities aren't even limited to BBC staff. The BBC is proud to offer training to the whole industry. Find out more on the BBC Academy Website