Being a production trainee in radio

Simon Smith and four BBC production trainees share their thoughts on getting into radio production.

Farah Jassat, Sarah Shebbeare, Jen Kerrison and Carlene Morlese are four trainees who are starting their training in BBC network radio. They talk about their experiences within the broadcast industry, their passion for storytelling and their feelings about their placements. They also offer tips and advice for people applying for the trainee scheme.

"We were told from the outset, this is all about telling stories."– Farah Jassat

Farah Jassat completed work experience at the Guardian before setting up her own current affairs blog after travelling around Bosnia. She’s eagerly anticipating her forthcoming placement on BBC Radio 3’s arts, culture and ideas programme Night Waves.

Sarah Shebbeare joins the Production Trainee Scheme with a background in campaigning for Cancer Research UK and Amnesty International, where she helped make a film highlighting the plight of immigrants in Central America with Motorcycle Diaries star Gael García Bernal. Sarah will be using her language and research skills on the BBC World Service's Outlook, a programme which finds the human stories behind the news headlines.

Jen Kerrison began her production career on the feature film Honeymooner in 2009. On realising the world of possibilities within a creative career she left her role as a therapist in the NHS and successfully applied for the trainee scheme. She presents her own radio show, Group Therapy, on community station Resonance FM. Her first placement will be spent at culture, arts and politics discussion programme Start the Week on BBC Radio 4, presented by Andrew Marr.

Carlene Morlese pursued her passion for radio by teaching radio production to young people at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. Carlene will be spending her first four month placement with BBC Radio 2. This will include time on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.