The Academy is the BBC's centre for training. It puts training and development at the heart of the BBC and also works with the wider broadcast industry to equip people with skills they need for a lifetime of employability in the ever-changing media landscape.
We pride ourselves on the quality and breadth of the training and skills development opportunities we offer - not only to our own employees but to professionals from across the media industry. It’s our belief that investing in the people that work for us is the best way to ensure the quality of our output and represents real value to our audiences.
In 2009, we launched the BBC Academy. The Academy focuses on providing a portfolio of high-quality training and development. This includes face-to-face courses, online programmes and a variety of development initiatives. Above all, we always ensure that training is relevant and effective for the person involved and the business in which they work.
It offers a wide range of skills-based and personal development training and is divided into four sectors – the College of Journalism, the College of Production, and the College for Leadership and Management and the Centre of Technology.
The College of Journalism provides a single integrated home for BBC journalism training and development. It delivers editorial standards and legal training as well as core journalist craft skills and leading international training. The college also offers informal learning through its free public-facing website.
The College of Production focuses on core editorial, creative and production skills together with production management, health and safety and multiplatform training and development. The CoP website provides practical advice on all aspects of TV, radio and online production and is available to the production community and general public for free.
The College of Leadership
The College of Leadership is responsible for developing and retaining leadership talent. Leadership at the BBC is articulated in a way that is designed to engage and inspire people. The college provides a common meaning and purpose for leadership across the BBC and looks to create the right environment to stretch, challenge and develop this capability.
The Centre of Technology
The Centre of Technology provides training in broadcast engineering and technology as well as all relevant business systems. It is also developing training in software engineering. A range of the Centre of Technology's programmes is available to the wider industry on a commercial basis.
Find out more about the BBC Academy's courses. The College of Production and College of Journalism websites are both free to access and host hundreds of videos, articles and podcasts featuring advice from broadcasting experts on core editorial and production skills.
As well as training our own people, we also have a remit under the terms of the BBC’s Charter Agreement to train the wider industry. We aim to share as much of our training as possible with the wider UK broadcasting industry for free. We also offer some of our courses on a commercial basis, both within the UK and abroad.
Our people are encouraged to take full advantage of the training on offer. We’ll help you to develop the skills you need to be as effective in your job as possible and build your career in the industry.
Recently, The Academy has also focused on ‘fusion’ training, which merges editorial and technical skills, encouraging collaborations which break down traditional silos. The BBC is leading the way with this type of training, highlighted in a Creative Industries Council report as a key skills gap across the sector.
Part of the fusion programme has involved delivering training around ‘connected broadcasting’. This enables the BBC to develop more immersive storytelling and reach audiences via the platforms of their choice.
Building skills across the mobile workforce has been a major priority. So far, the Academy has organised and hosted two Fast Train freelance training events (for television and radio respectively), in partnership with Skillset, trade bodies and commercial training providers. These have reached over 700 freelancers with free taster training and are, by some margin, the biggest events of their kind ever staged across the industry. Feedback has been excellent from participants and partners alike.
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