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About the scheme

When does it start?

We'll want you to be available for an induction day in London on Wednesday January 18th, 2012 and to be able to start work on Monday March 5th, 2012.

If you are unable to start on this date, you should apply in September 2012, or sign up for BBC job alerts.

How long is the trainee scheme?

It's a year-long scheme ending in March 5th, 2013.

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 description 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 each year plus UK bank holidays (or time in lieu 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 £19,281 and £23,484 if you are based in London. This will reflect the shifts which you might be asked to do.

Will my expenses be met?

At the beginning of your traineeship you will spend three weeks in London and Newcastle training with the BBC's College of Journalism. You will be paid for your accommodation, 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?

Initially, most of the trainees will be based in BBC regional news at one of our centres ranging anywhere from Plymouth to Newcastle. Three others will be based in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. Two will be in sport and one will be working on international programmes in our Global division.

There is also a Gareth Butler politics placement and the successful applicant will be based at our Millbank offices near the Houses of Parliament.

Do I need specialist knowledge?

A knowledge and understanding of news and current affairs is key. The sports trainees will need to demonstrate a keen interest in a wide range of sports. A good understanding of politics is needed for the Gareth Butler placement. For the Global placement, it would be particularly useful to have a knowledge of languages, such as Urdu, Arabic, Farsi, Afghan, Pashtu, Swahili or Hausa.

Can I choose which areas I want to be based in?

No.  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.

I’m already working in broadcasting.  Can I apply?

If you are already working as a broadcast journalist in TV, radio and online then this scheme is not aimed at you.

I'm already training to be a journalist. Can I apply?

If by that you mean that you are currently studying, or have recently studied, broadcast journalism at under-graduate or post graduate level then we are sorry but this scheme is not aimed at you.  You will already have learnt or be learning some of the skills that we want to teach you.  The scheme is designed for people who don't necessarily have journalistic qualifications but who have some work experience.  Have a look at the Journalism Talent Pool and the BBC Jobs website where there may be more appropriate opportunities in the future.  and

I don't have any lengthy journalism experience or training. Should I still apply?

Yes! 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.

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 the basics. 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. All new BBC journalists take part in the Foundation Scheme run by the BBC College of Journalism.

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 the relevant technical training to start your work placements.

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. He or she 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 give you coaching 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.


The BBC has created a new digital broadcast centre in the North of England as part of the MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester. Five London-based departments, including Sport, Five Live and Breakfast are making the transition and joining Manchester-based departments at the new site and it is expected that this will create a range of opportunities for those that wish to pursue a career at the BBC.The two JTS sports trainees will be based in Salford.

A trainee taking notes

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