Am I eligible to apply for ManageAble?

Yes - if you have a disability recognised by the Equality Act 2010 (please see the next question for further information).

The scheme is open to everyone with a disability.

We will also accept applications from former Extendees.


I do not know if I am a disabled person according to the law

The Equality Act 2010 says that a disability is a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This definition includes impairments or medical conditions such as Cancer, HIV or MS.

For further guidance, please see:


What counts as a disability according to the law:

Words used to define disability


What do I need to do next?

If you are interested in applying, complete your application form and upload your CV.

What happens next after the application stage?

If you reach the shortlist, you will be notified by the end of October.

What if I am not successful?

We anticipate a lot of interest in these placements 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 and I have access needs what do I need to do?

The Recruitment team will ask you this specific question before interview and assessment. They will be supported by our colleagues from the BBC’s Disability Access Service which comprises of a team of Access Assessors who are specialists in terms of access requirements to facilitate your interview, assessment and placement if you are successful.

What are the next steps when I have been offered a placement?

There are two mandatory requirements:

1. The BBC’s Disability Access Service will contact you for an initial access assessment. This will be arranged at the BBC building where your placement will be based. Recruitment will contact you for some further details (i.e. two names for references and National Insurance number etc) and to finalise arrangements for you to start with the BBC (subject to the provision of reasonable adjustments). You will then receive formal paperwork including contract and joining instructions from Recruitment.

2. You will be required to meet the manager of the ManageAble scheme before starting your placement.
This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the Scheme and for the BBC to ensure all contract aspects have been covered. If you live outside London, the BBC will cover your travel costs for this event (in line with BBC Expenses Policy). Unfortunately the BBC won’t be able to cover your accommodation expenses, should you wish to stay in London overnight.

Please go to the next FAQ section on Employment with the BBC for further information.

Employment with the BBC

When would the ManageAble placements commence?

ManageAble is currently closed for applications.

If I am successful, am I entitled to get annual leave?

Yes, successful participants are entitled to 18.5 days annual leave during their 8 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 an 8 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 8 months placement?

We cannot guarantee you will gain further employment at the end of 8 months. Over two thirds (66%) have progressed onto further employment through Extend and ManageAble.


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