HR - L&D incl New Talent

Production Apprentice Fast Track Scotland (BB-013D5)

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Job Introduction

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 focusing 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!


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.

    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.

    The Ideal Candidate

  • 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.
  • 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:

    What are we offering?

  • A salary of £14,400 per year (pro-rated)
  • 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.
  • Application Process

  • You will complete a short application form which will ask you why you want to be on the Production Apprenticeship scheme.
  • After the closing date, your application will be reviewed and if it demonstrates your passion for joining the scheme, you will be invited to complete the next stage. At this stage we will ask you to answer multiple questions which are more specific to the scheme and the pathway which you have expressed an interest in. This will help us get to know you better.
  • If you are invited to the next stage, you will be asked to attend an Assessment Day.
  • Package Description

    Start Date: January 2022

    Scheme Duration: 18 months

    Location: Glasgow

    Typical roles following the scheme : Editorial: Runner, Junior Researcher

    Technical: Assistant Post Production Operator, Camera Operator, Audio Assistant, Technical Operator

    Production Management: Production Management assistant

    We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application . There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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