Introducing the BBC Production Trainee Scheme

An intense year-long traineeship, it aims to take the most promising new talent make them into the programme makers and industry leaders of the future.

The Production Trainee Scheme (PTS) is the BBC Academy’s prestigious fast track production training programme for a career in broadcasting. An intense year-long traineeship, it aims to take the most promising new talent make them into the programme makers and industry leaders of the future.

Through a mixture of courses and work placements trainees learn practical skills such as editing, sound recording, studio production and HD camera work. They also gain essential editorial knowledge, research skills, the ability to pitch and develop ideas, and support for their personal development.

Anne Morrison, director of the BBC Academy, said: “The production trainee scheme fast-tracks the creative leaders of the future. We are looking for creative, bright, entrepreneurial people who have a demonstrable passion for communicating ideas through media.” 

If you are accepted onto the PTS you will be given a 12-month paid contract at the BBC. During the year you will be sent on three different work placements, which may be in radio, television or online.  

You must be ready to work flexibly, as training and work placements are based all over the country and unlike the Production Talent Pool you can’t opt to work at a specific location.

At least one of the three placements will be located outside London - in Cardiff, Bristol, Belfast, Glasgow or Salford - so you may need to move every few months.

Previous placements have included EastEnders, Dr Who, Strictly Come Dancing, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, CBBC, 1Xtra, The One Show, Woman’s Hour, The Chris Evans Show, Radio 4 documentaries, The Culture Show, Crimewatch, and Dragons’ Den.

The PTS is highly competitive and you will be expected to work hard and learn fast. There may be long days and unsocial hours working to tight deadlines during the night or at weekends and some work may be on location and involve travel.

While on the traineeship you’ll be mentored by a senior BBC manager and supported by the manager of the trainee scheme. You will be given feedback on your performance and by the end of the year you’ll have the skills to turn creative ideas into brilliant programmes.

There is no guarantee of work at the end of the PTS, but you will be in a very good position to compete for jobs in the broadcast industry at researcher or assistant producer level.