We open for applications on Monday 12th January 2015.
When does it start?
Applications for this year’s Journalism Trainee Scheme will open on Monday 12th January 2015 and the scheme itself will begin in September.
How long is the trainee scheme?
It's a year-long scheme.
How will I know how I am doing?
There will be a structured evaluation process for the length of the scheme – you will be given feedback on your performance and you will be asked to give your own feedback too.
What will I be doing?
Have a look at the job advert to give you a bit more information about what is likely to be involved.
What hours will I work?
Working in journalism is not a 9 to 5, Monday to Friday job. The hours can be long when you are working to tight deadlines, but they can also be very rewarding.
How much holiday will I get?
You will be entitled to five weeks holiday during your year plus UK bank holidays (or time off if you are scheduled to work) and an extra day at Christmas specified by the BBC.
How much will I be paid?
The salary for the year will be £20k per annum (outside London) or £24k (including London Weighting).
Will my expenses be met?
At the beginning of your traineeship you will spend four weeks where you will receive an from BBC Academy. You will then have three weeks of training from the BBC College of Journalism. We will pay your accommodation, some meals and travel expenses. After that, we won't expect to reimburse you for any expenses involved in getting to and from your BBC base. If you are sent out on assignments during your year-long training period you will be reimbursed for any legitimate expenses in line with the expenses policy of that particular office. You would also be reimbursed for attending any further training away from base which we may decide to send you on.
Where will I be based?
You could be based in any of the following – a BBC regional news centre, our network news centre in London or the sports centre in Salford. There are placements in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There is a Gareth Butler politics placement and the successful applicant will be based at our Millbank offices near the Houses of Parliament.
Applicants will also have the chance to express a preference for a traineeship based in the BBC at Media City, Salford.
Do I need specialist knowledge?
A very good knowledge, understanding and interest in news and current affairs is essential for all traineeships. In addition, potential sports trainees must demonstrate a keen interest in a wide range of sports, and a good understanding of politics is needed for the Gareth Butler placement. Please note: applying for a specialist traineeship will not rule you out of being considered for a non-specialist traineeship.
Can I choose which areas I want to be based in?
No – with the exception of the Sports and Politics traineeships. You will be able to express a preference for working in the BBC at Media City, Salford. In general we expect our trainees to work in different areas. That way you will gain the widest amount of experience and will have a greater chance of securing a contract at the end of the scheme.
Will I get a chance to organise my own work placement?
Yes. We offer you four weeks of work experience which you choose and organise yourself. You may pick any other area of the BBC, usually in the UK but occasionally abroad. You have the responsibility of finding the funds to pay for your own accommodation and travel expenses, although we will continue to pay you a salary.
I’m already working in broadcasting. Can I apply?
If you're already working as a broadcast journalist in TV, radio and online then please consider whether the scheme is for you. We wouldn't want to duplicate training that you've already had.
I'm already training to be a journalist. Can I apply?
Yes. If you are currently studying, or have recently studied, journalism (including broadcast journalism) at under-graduate or post graduate level then you may apply to the JTS.
I don't have any lengthy journalism experience or training. Should I still apply?
This scheme is not for complete beginners. You must be able to demonstrate evidence of some journalism. One of our aims is to find talented and creative people who might have been put off the idea of a career as a broadcast journalist because of the training costs involved. By the way, we are very keen to hear from people who have perhaps had a long-term ambition to work in broadcast news but who - for whatever reason - have been pursuing a different career.
Is there an age limit for trainees?
Due to health and safety considerations, we cannot accept applications from individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the scheme. There is no upper age limit.
I live abroad - can I apply?
You can apply as long as you have a permit to live and work in the UK at the time of your application.
What support will I get while I am on the scheme?
We will do all we can to help you to succeed.
In the first month we'll give you a good grounding in basic BBC journalism. We offer our trainees similar training to that received by established journalists already working in the BBC who have recently joined from other media providers.
We will take a close look at your training needs and help you to develop your skills and know-how. We will also give you all the relevant technical training to start your work placements, and top up your training in specific skills if you need it.
You will go on a BBC-wide induction programme where you will be with other new joiners and you'll be assigned a mentor, someone to support and guide you throughout the year. Your mentor will be in touch with you regularly to see how you're getting on and to offer advice and encouragement.
By the end of the scheme you will be in a strong position to apply for BBC jobs and we will also give you coaching and support in how to apply for jobs within the BBC once your traineeship has come to an end.
Will I get a job at the end of the scheme?
You will be able to compete for jobs at the end of the scheme. The nature of the broadcast industry nowadays is that people often work on three, six or 12-month contracts, so it is likely you will be competing for one of those.
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