Journalism Trainee Scheme


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The BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme 2014 is now closed for applications.

The entry criteria for this year's scheme was broadened, so it was also open to people with a qualification in broadcast journalism - though this is by no means a requirement.

Now in its eighth year the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme offers a year’s paid work as a trainee in one of our UK newsrooms - across online, radio and TV – and the chance to work in one of the greatest broadcasting organisations in the world.

Our aim is to ensure you are in a strong position to apply for broadcast journalism jobs across the BBC once your traineeship ends. We provide top quality training from the BBC Academy and valuable work experience on high-profile news outlets. We also offer coaching and support on how to apply for jobs within the BBC once your traineeship has come to an end.

We have a fine recruitment and retention rate – most of our previous trainees are still working in the BBC and over the years our journalism trainee schemes have an excellent record in helping to mould the brightest and the best. Previous trainees include past and present BBC Director Generals Mark Thompson and Tony Hall, news presenter Huw Edwards, Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant.

What’s on offer?

  • A one year contract paying £19k (non-London) or £23k (including London weighting). Plus we cover some travel and accommodation expenses too.
  • First-class training – led by the BBC’s College of Journalism.
  • Mentoring throughout the scheme from a senior BBC journalist.
  • The chance to arrange a four week work placement in an area of news of your choice during the year.

What you need to apply

To be considered for the JTS you need to be an avid follower of news. You regularly read the local and national newspapers, watch television and listen to radio. You also have an excellent grasp of social media.

There is no age limit and the scheme welcomes career-changers who have ambitions to work in broadcast news, but have been pursuing a career in other industries.

Our scheme is not for complete beginners, and we need to see some solid evidence of your journalism so far so we can judge your potential in our application and assessment process.

A university degree is not compulsory – we think talent, potential and determination count for more than an academic background.

You need to be flexible about where you live, as well as working hours - journalism is not a 9-5 job. You will also be expected to demonstrate you can work with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public.

More information

Our selection and assessment process will take place in March and April. If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to an assessment and interview. These will take place in London and Salford in week beginning April 7. If you are successful, you will start on the scheme in September 2014.

The BBC is committed to diversity and if you are disabled, the BBC Access Unit can help with the necessary adjustments for you to be able to work here.

Work placements may be based at any of the BBC’s national or regional news centres across the UK, including Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and Salford. You will also be given the opportunity and support to arrange a short work placement of your own within the BBC. Previous trainees have had a chance to report on everything from the US elections and the Olympics, to the problems of living on one of the most remote islands in the world.

There are specialist JTS traineeships - Sports Journalism, based in Salford and The Gareth Butler Traineeship in politics and public policy, based at the BBC Political Programmes unit at Millbank, London. This year the JTS is offering a Welsh language traineeship, based in Wales.

With the exception of these three specialist placements, potential trainees cannot choose a particular location when they apply. You will however be able to state a preference on the application form if you are interested in working in the BBC at Media City in Salford.

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