Applications for Extend 2013 are now closed.
If you are not able to apply for the scheme this year, we are hoping to launch another Extend scheme in 2014. If you wish to join the 2014-15 Extend email distribution list please email us at email@example.com
Am I eligible to apply for Extend?
Yes - if you have a disability recognised by the Equality Act 2010 (please see the next question for further information)
Yes - if you are external to the BBC. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from current BBC staff.
No - if you have ever had a BBC Extend placement previously. We are unable to accept applications from people who have previously participated in the Extend scheme.
I do not know if I am a disabled person according to the law
Under the Equality Act 2010, A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This definition includes impairments or medical conditions such as Cancer, HIV or MS.
Read more government information on disability under the Equality Act 2010, find out what counts as a disability according to the law and the words used to define disability.
What do I need to do next?
If you are interested in applying, complete your application form for one placement (maximum of two placements). If you want to apply for another placement, you will need to complete another application form for the second placement.
What happens next after the application stage?
If you reach the shortlist, you will be notified in October 2013. We anticipate our interviews with the host manager of the placement(s) will take place throughout November and December 2013.
What if I am not successful?
We anticipate a lot of interest in these schemes from disabled people and of course we cannot accommodate everyone who applies. However, we can assure you that if you are unsuccessful at interview stage, we will provide constructive feedback if requested from the host manager of the placement. Unfortunately, due to the anticipated volume of applications, we are unable to provide feedback unless you reach the interview stage.
If I am shortlisted for interview and I have access needs what do I need to do?
The Recruitment team will ask you if you have any access needs before your interview takes place. If you have any, the BBC’s Disability Access Service (who are specialists in terms of supporting disabled employees with their access requirements) will facilitate your interview and placement if you are successful.
What are the next steps when I have been offered a placement?
There are two mandatory requirements:
When would the Extend placements commence?
3rd February 2014
How long is the duration of an Extend placement?
How much will Extendees get paid?
Extendees receive a fixed allowance of £19,000 per annum (pro rata), less any tax and national insurance deductions which are applicable. Placements based in London will also receive London weighting.
Will any additional expenses be covered?
Not for travel, accommodation or relocation. Expenses incurred in the course of work will be subject to the normal BBC Expenses Policy.
Should you wish to accept a placement outside your local area, the BBC cannot cover any of your relocation or accomodation expenses. You would have to be able to cover these costs yourself and you would also be expected to make your own relocation and accomodation arrangements.
If I am successful, am I entitled to get annual leave?
Yes, Extendees are entitled to 12.5 days annual leave during their 6 month placement.
If I am successful what will happen to my benefits?
You are advised to check with your local Social Security Office first as your benefit such as Incapacity Benefit may be affected when you enter on the BBC payroll.
If I am offered a 6 months placement, how will I arrange my access needs?
The BBC’s Disability Access Service will arrange an initial access assessment with you as an individual before you start your placement. This is mandatory and will be arranged at the BBC building where your placement will be based. If you need reasonable adjustments to support you in the working environment, the BBC's Disability Access Service will provide support to help you fill in an application for Access to Work funding for relevant access needs if required. For further information, please see the Access to Work page.
If I am successful what will happen to me after the 6 months placement?
We cannot guarantee you will gain further employment at the end of 6 months. Although the scheme doesn't necessarily lead to a full-time job, last year over 70% gained further work at the BBC.