Wannabe trainees snap up tickets for Academy events

Trainee behind a camera

Tickets to the first in a series of events showcasing BBC trainee schemes to potential applicants were snapped up in ten minutes.

Wednesday's 'BBC Get In' session will take place at White City, giving the 150 lucky ticket holders an insight into what it's like to be a trainee at the BBC. A second session in Salford is also fully subscribed.

Past and present trainees who started out via a range of BBC schemes will be on hand to answer questions at the free half-day events, while talent execs will offer advice on how to get through the application process.

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There are many great training opportunities at the BBC - we want to help people find out which route they're most suited to”

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'There are many great training opportunities at the BBC - we want to help people find out which route they're most suited to,' says Simon Wright, BBC Academy talent exec.

'We're touring the country so that everybody who is curious about training at the BBC can come and hear from existing trainees about what the schemes are really like, and what it takes to get on to them.'

Greg Dyke talk

Alex Lawless, an assistant producer at 1Xtra, found his way into the BBC via the Production Trainee Scheme back in 2010.

'I was applying to a series of soul destroying graduate schemes in finance and the like when I went to a Q&A at university given by Greg Dyke,' he recalls. 'I found a flyer there for the Production Trainee Scheme and applied.

'I would definitely recommend it,' he continues. 'The trainee scheme is a great starting point for people who don't know where they want to go in media. I've worked with some incredibly inspiring people and experienced both the wonders and frustrations of working at the BBC.'

Alex Lawless Alex Lawless started out on the Production Trainee Scheme and is now an assistant radio producer

Wayne Linge has been on the Production Talent Pool - which can lead to a place on the Production Trainee Scheme - since June 2012. He's worked on a number of productions since joining, including Strictly Come Dancing, and is currently working as a production management assistant in Repeats and Reversions.

'Just go for it'

'I stumbled across the Production Talent Pool by chance really,' he says of the scheme which offers short term, paid, entry-level work on a wide range of BBC programmes. 'I was looking at the jobs listings on the BBC website and saw it on there. I got cracking on my application and submitted it straight away.'

He suggests that anyone looking for a career in the industry should 'just go for it' and apply.

Current BBC London 2012 Apprentice, Rebecca Salter, says she learnt of the initiative that has given her a taste of the BBC on Twitter. 'I was already interested in getting into the industry and so was following all the media related companies I had heard about.'

She's spent her last two placements with Drama. 'It's allowed me to work on big programmes like EastEnders and Luther, and has shown me the roles and responsibilities within the department.

'I've gained first-hand experience and confidence, not only in myself but in my ability to achieve a successful career within the industry, thanks to the contacts I've made and training I've been given.'

Other Future BBC Get In events are scheduled to take place over the next few weeks in Salford, Cardiff, Glasgow and Northern Ireland.

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