Being a production trainee in TV

Simon Smith talks to four BBC production trainees about to embark on placements in television.

Karla Sweet, Mog McIntyre, Kelsey Richards and Kathryn Shrubb are poised to begin bright careers at the BBC. They discuss their journeys into the industry, their passions for storytelling and the broad benefits of their television production training. Plus we take a look at tips and advice for people applying for the Production Trainee scheme. 


"In our first week we had the opportunity to pitch to the One Show."– Mog McIntyre

Karla Sweet is fresh from Sony Pictures where she spent a year as a development researcher. Her road to the trainee scheme included MUTV. She will be spending her first placement within BBC Comedy, working on Comic Relief.

Mog McIntyre joins the Production Trainee Scheme with a background in commercial radio and newsgathering. A Student Radio Awards winner for his comedy and drama, Mog will be working on The Review Show in Glasgow before working on arts documentaries.

Kelsey Richards has just finished an MA in Creative Writing where she pursued playwriting, journalism and blogging to develop her passion for storytelling.

Kathryn Shrubb began work as a production assistant for a small indie in her home city of Newcastle, focusing on factual documentaries and corporate videos. Kathryn will be spending her first four months with the BBC in MediaCityUK, Salford, working on Dragons' Den.