Apprenticeships for BBC North
BBC North is launching a new entry-level apprenticeship scheme with up to 100 placements available.
The BBC will work with partners in the region, including the Salford Foundation and the National Apprenticeship Scheme, to promote the initiative which will be open to applicants from the Greater Manchester area only.
In the first three to four years, BBC North will offer up to 100 apprenticeships across all divisions based at MediaCityUK. The first apprentices will join in September 2011 with 25 new recruits on-site by May 2012.
Many of the apprenticeships will have a specific digital media or technology focus. The scheme will be open to people with negligible or no work experience or qualifications. Apprentices will be part of the scheme for between 12 and 18 months, during which time they will receive training, mentoring and coaching from BBC staff and will also be encouraged to train for an external qualification at the same time.
'This scheme has been specifically designed to attract people who would not think of a job in media - or the BBC - in the first instance, and we are pleased that we are working in partnership with the Salford Foundation to reach them,' explained Ken Lee, HR director, BBC North.
'This new apprenticeship scheme is a unique and long-term initiative that will offer a real training opportunity in the Greater Manchester area, bringing new people into the BBC as well as strengthening and enriching the creative industries across the region,' added Richard Deverell, chief operating officer, BBC North.