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The BBC Technology Traineeship is a ground breaking technology scheme for new graduates. Supported by co-investment from government, the BBC is offering a two year contract to work and train in technology teams across the BBC. This scheme supports you while you study towards an MSc in Digital Broadcast Technology accredited by Birmingham City University, at the same time as gaining invaluable industry experience. You won’t have to pay any university fees, the BBC will pay you a Trainee’s salary of £20,000 while you build up an excellent CV of valuable work experience. This will put you in a great position to apply for jobs at the BBC and across the wider broadcasting industry once you’ve completed the programme.
You will have a main BBC base, spending periods away on study or work placement. Through a series of academic modules and industrial experience the scheme will grow the next generation of Broadcast Engineers to help drive cutting edge innovation in broadcast technology. You’ll develop an excellent theoretical and practical understanding of operational and technical systems and equipment and their use in the fast-moving broadcasting industry.
In year 1 you will be offered a range of work placements in technology teams right across the BBC which will get you working at the heart of the BBC in technology support and project roles. Many of these placements will be at your home base, others may be in other BBC centres across the UK.
In year 2 you will be elected to a 'Home Team' where you will specialise in a specific area of the business.
In year 1 you will be given a thorough grounding in all of the key technologies that support the BBC’s technical activities. These courses will be delivered at Birmingham City University and by the BBC Academy at the Engineering Training Centre at Wood Norton in Evesham.
The majority of your academic work in year 2 will be a business-related Major Project which will be linked to your home team.
The academic core curriculum will include:
• Web Standards and protocols - HTTP, DNS, HTML, CSS, XML, user agents, etc
• Web Hosting; Security, privacy, authorisation, authentication
• Client / Server side technologies
• Databases and management, personalisation architectures and management
• Service Oriented Architectures and Agents systems
Media Distribution Architectures
• Web technologies - IP networks, routing, addressing, LANs, WANs
• Client / Server systems, P2P, etc
• Transmission technologies - optics, radio, cable, and telco networks
• Headends, Servers (video, EPG, advertising, etc); Middleware; Conditional Access / DRM
• Triple/Multiplay Services
• Cable (Inc DOCSIS, Switched Video Cable), Satellite, Digital Terrestrial TV, Telco IPTV, OTT WebTV, Mobile
• Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) – caches, loading, optimisation, clouds, etc
• User Terminals - Set-Top Boxes, computing platforms, tablets and phones, architectures
Production and workflow
• Studio production - chroma keying etc.
• Studio technologies - sound, lighting, camera techniques
• Real Time, mobile (outside) broadcasts
• Health and Safety
• Power Supply
• Metadata, Ontologies
• Asset Management; File transformation; taxonomy; content management architecture, DRM
• Interactive, Personalised TV
• Social Network production, user generated content and Multiscreening
Media Technology and Formats
• Capture - Cameras, Sensors
• Presentation – monitors and other user interface devices
• Electronics systems - impedance, compatibility, audio and vision mixers
• Compression - Audio, Image, Video
• Codecs, Containers, Standards (Proprietary, Open)
• Modulation, inc. QAM
• Multiplexing, DAB, DVB, DMB
• Object-based media
The BBC Wood Norton Training will include:
Year 1: (Broadcast Equipment & Systems)
• Cameras – Camera systems and line-up
• Broadcast Routers & Control Systems
• Broadcast Media Servers & Storage
• Radio Studio Systems & Sound desks
• Radio Production Systems
• TV Studio Systems
• Newsroom Computer Systems & MOS workflows
• Broadcast Network, Contribution & File Transfer
• Content Distribution & Delivery
• Group Exercise – Build & Use a Broadcast System (a Regional Broadcasting Centre)
Year 2: (Broadcast Centre Systems Engineering)
• Broadcast Centre Timing, Genlock, SPGs.
• References – GPS & Others
• Network Time Protocol (NTP)
• Timecode types & uses, timing points.
• Lip sync and latency.
• Switching for inserts and opt-outs.
As well as being passionate about how things work and solving problems, we are looking for people who are energetic team players and are great with people. You will have a good honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) in Broadcast Engineering, Broadcast Technology, Electronics, Physics, Computer Science or a closely related subject. We will also need evidence that you have done something relevant to the role and have a proven interest in technology.
The scheme lasts for two years, and starts officially at the end of July with a group Induction Day in London, and your teaching and placements start in Birmingham towards the end of September 2014.
There are opportunities based in:
• London – W1
• Salford - MediaCityUK
• Birmingham – The Mailbox (including some other English Regions sites)