BBC Local Apprenticeship opens for applications

The BBC’s biggest ever apprenticeship scheme is now open for applications until 12 May 2014.

The BBC Local Apprenticeship offers 45 placements in BBC Radio teams across the UK, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. The 15-month paid scheme will allow apprentices to earn while they learn as they work towards a Level 3 apprenticeship in Journalism, certified by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

Ideal candidates will be creative and bursting with good ideas that make great radio, and potential is considered more important than qualifications.

The BBC celebrated the launch of the scheme on 14 April via the #BigUpLocal hashtag on Twitter, where BBC Local Radio teams shared what they loved about their local area as well as insights into how they got into the BBC.

The scheme’s ambassadors - BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Radio 1Xtra’s Twin B and Yasmin and Asian Network’s Noreen Khan - also shared their stories, and teams from the Nations got nvolved on the main scheme hashtag, #BBCLAS. There was also a live Q&A session on BBC apprenticeships. 

Throughout April and May a series of BBC Get In events are also taking place at BBC radio stations around the country. These are a chance for potential applicants to find out more about the schemes – including what we’re looking for and what to expect – meet the teams and ask any questions they may have.

“The Local Apprenticeship Scheme is a significant step for the BBC in achieving our ambition to have an apprentice in every local radio station and in key stations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales," said BBC Director General Tony Hall. 

"We need a broadcasting industry open to all the talents our country has to offer – and the BBC needs to lead the way in helping to make that possible. These apprentices will offer something that’s different, that’s energising – something that will make our programmes bolder, and better."