Applications for the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme 2014 open on 27th January 2014. There will be more information on the scheme and how to apply here, so please bookmark this page.
Now in its seventh year the JTS 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.
There is no guarantee of work after the placement, but by the end of the scheme you will be in a strong position to apply for broadcast journalism jobs and trainees are given coaching in how to apply for jobs within the BBC once the traineeship has come to an end.
The BBC’s 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, Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant.
What’s on offer?
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, but neither is it open to anyone who is already working as a broadcast journalist or has a qualification in broadcast journalism.
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.
Our selection and assessment process will take place in March and April next year, when you may be invited to an interview. 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. Previous trainees have had a chance to report on everything from the US elections to the Olympics.
There are also two 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.
With the exception of these two specialist placements, potential trainees cannot choose a particular location when they apply.
The next Journalism Trainee Scheme starts in September 2014, with around 12 places and you will be able to apply on this page from 27th January 2014 through the BBC Careers Hub. Follow @bbcjts on Twitter for more news and updates.
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