Extend Scheme


Applications for the 2014 Extend Scheme are now closed.

Extend is a BBC-wide placement scheme which offers appropriately experienced and/or qualified disabled people a great opportunity to gain six months paid work within the BBC. We have many challenging and imaginative placements across the country, in both programming and support areas.

Over the last 16 years, Extend has recruited 574 disabled people. Although there is no guarantee of a full-time job at the end of the 6 month placement, last year over 70% of the Extendees gained further work at the BBC.

Please read our Extend FAQs to check your eligibility to apply for this scheme.

Extend has been recognised by Personnel Today, winning the award for Diversity in the Workplace.

What will Extendees get from the BBC?

  • A salary of £19,000 per annum (pro rata). London placements will also receive London weighting. Please note: the World News and Global Comissioning roles will have slightly lower salaries than the other London roles
  • Practical skills and knowledge from working alongside experienced people across the BBC
  • Direct support from BBC managers/supervisors and a personal mentor/buddy from the Extend Scheme
  • A work plan with set objectives and periodic reviews
  • An understanding of broadcasting from the world's most respected broadcaster

What will Extendees need to bring to the BBC?

  • Relevant experience, subject to the placement description and criteria
  • An ability to work co-operatively within a team
  • Enthusiasm and creativity
  • Confident and effective communication skills, regardless of disability
  • A keen interest in BBC output including TV, Radio and Online

What's on offer?

Placements will start on 13th October 2014 and will last for six months.

Take a look at the placements available in various locations across the UK:


Assistant Media Scheduler, Media Planning

Broadcast Assistant/Researcher, Breakfast, BBC News

Researcher, BBC Learning


Talent Co-ordinator, BBC Comedy

Presentation Planning Assistant, BBC World News

Team Assistant, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra

Interactive Team Assistant, BBC Future Media

Content Assistant, Global Commissioning


Broadcast Journalist Online, BBC Sport


Production Management Assistant, R&M Production


Diversity Co-ordinator, Diversity

You can also apply for this role in Welsh - Cydlynydd Amrywiaeth, Cynyrchiadau BBC Cymru Wales


Junior Researcher, Factual

More information

You can apply for a maximum of two placements from all the positions on offer. You will need to complete an online application in BBC Careers Hub for each placement you apply for. Your Careers Hub profile from your first application will be saved. If you need a paper form to be sent to you, please get in touch using the contact details below.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments wherever necessary. We regularly audit our systems and buildings to ensure accessibility for all staff and visitors with disabilities. We have our own BBC Disability Access Service that provides assessments and support for disabled people throughout the recruitment process and during their employment with us.

Contact us

If you wish to join the 2015-16 Extend distribution list please email us at extendplacementscheme@bbc.co.uk

You can also follow @BBCTrainees on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

If you have any questions, please get in touch:

Phone: 0370 333 1330

Textphone: 02890 328478

Email: recruitment@bbc.co.uk

Recruitment BBC HR Direct

PO Box 1133



Good luck!

The Extend Team

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