BBC Apprenticeships

How to become a BBC Apprentice

BBC North is delighted to launch our new entry-level apprenticeships. If you’re aged 16 and over, live in the Greater Manchester area and have left formal education and not gained A Levels or equivalent qualifications, then our new Apprenticeships provide you with the ideal route of entry into the BBC.

Running for 12-18 months, Apprenticeships at the BBC combine college learning with full time paid jobs. You’ll find all that you need to apply on this webpage, so check through all the information on how to apply below, and head to the right side of the page to read the job descriptions for exciting new apprenticeships at BBC Learning, BBC Marketing & Audiences, BBC Technology Operations, BBC Head Quarters North and BBC Children's (roles at BBC Children's are only open to those who are 18 years of age and over.)

You will be based at our new location at Salford Quays. When you've completed your apprenticeship, you'll not only have had valuable work experience to help you get started in your career, but you'll also have a chance to apply for a permanent position at the BBC.

This initiative underlines BBC North's long-term commitment to supporting employment and training across the region. Offering jobs-with-training, these opportunities are based on the traditional model of apprenticeships, with a day release at college to complete your learning. Our aim is to find some talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and give you the skills and knowledge to benefit from these fantastic opportunities.

Applications are now closed, however we have a Sport Apprenticeship role which you can find out more about here

What are the entry requirements?

  • You must be of working age ie. 16 years old or over on 1st September 2011.
  • You must live within the Greater Manchester area.
  • Anyone with - or without - GCSEs is eligible to apply. In fact you may not even have a GCSE qualification in English and Maths (A-C) but you’ll need to be able to work at this level.
  • You are not eligible to apply if you already received or are currently working towards a Level 3 or equivalent qualification (i.e. A Levels, BTEC Nationals or NVQ3) and above.
  • You must have the right to work in the UK. We will not accept applications from you if you require a work permit.
  • You should be prepared to stay with the Apprenticeship Programme from September 2011 – April 2013, depending on the specific job role.
  • For some roles, you should be aware that you may be required to work evenings and weekends – as this is common when working in production.

We’re looking for talented individuals to work behind the scenes of the broadcasting industry.  If you want to be in front of the camera or microphone, or want to be a presenter or performer, then this opportunity is not for you.

Please be aware that anyone applying who is 18 years old or under needs to get permission from their teacher (if currently studying) and parent/ guardian before accepting a place. Consent forms will be provided to the successful candidates.

Guide to Deadlines

June 14th:

Applications Open

Sunday July 10th Midnight:

Applications Close

By July 15th:

Decisions made on who will be invited to assessment days

July 19th - 21st
July 26th - 27th

Assessment Days

By Aug 8th:

Decisions made on who will be accepted as BBC Apprentices and letters sent to successful candidates

Sept 2011:

The successful apprentices will start at various points throughout September depending on the job role

BBC North Behaviours

These are the behaviours that we expect from everyone in our teams:

  • Original thinking in the work that you do, always seeking to unlock creativity and bring new and unexplored ideas to life
  • Continually seeking new ways to bring audiences and communities into the heart of your work
  • Always open to new ideas and will connect with people inside and outside the BBC
  • Responsible for your decisions and actions, ensuring they are in the interests of the BBC, its values and the values of public service (as appropriate) 
  • A can-do attitude and a determination not to allow the first hurdle to be a barrier to your ideas, work or career

How do I apply?

1. Please make sure that you satisfy the entry criteria before you apply.

2. Click the apply here button on this page. This will take you to application part of the process. Follow the on screen instructions. You will be asked questions on which roles you are applying for and what qualifications you have. When asked for your Current Salary and Sought After Salary, please just enter the figure "1" into those boxes. You will then be taken to the application form.

3. Fill in the application form – clearly and honestly!

  • Our only way of finding out more about you and whether you seem right for your preferred job role is through the application form so you should take your time and a lot of care when filling it in.
  • We’re looking for people who are passionate about working for the BBC in these particular roles, so make sure this comes across – and explain to us why. If you have some experience – whether it is unpaid, through school, the local community, friends – we want to know.
  • Be clear and spell check! Before you complete your form, ask a friend or family member to look through it to check that it makes sense.
  • Be honest – this is about you and we’re not looking for a particular type of person or someone who can write fancy words and lots and lots of paragraphs! We just want to hear the key points in response to our questions and to know more about you.

4. Please ensure that you state the name of the job role(s) that you are applying for at the top of Page 1 of the application form.

5. You are allowed to apply for a maximum of 2 different job roles if you wish to do so. If you want to apply for 2 roles, you must write two answers to Question 1 in the space provided on the application form, and clearly state which part of the answer relates to which job role. You do not have to make two different applications.

If you have any queries about the application process at all then, send us an email to with all the details of your query.

What happens after I apply?


All applications must be completed by this date. If you have any queries regarding the application process, then let us know at least a week before July 10th so you still have enough time to work on your application.

After the closing date we will read everyone’s application and then decide who we feel matches most closely what we’re looking for.

If you’ve been successful at this first stage, you’ll hear by Friday 15th July and be invited along to an assessment day. These assessment days will take place between July 19th – 21st and July 26th – 27th and you will only attend one day. This will be the second and final stage of the application process and is nothing to be worried about!

You will be asked in groups and individually to take part in some fun and challenging tasks to help us work out who most closely matches the requirements of your particular Apprenticeship role. Full details will be given nearer the time.


We will let you know if you have been successful by August 8th so you can get ready to start in your Apprenticeship position at some point in September.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I work?

Your base will be at BBC North's new home at MediacityUK on Salford Quays.

What commitment do I need to make?

Be prepared to stay with the apprenticeship programme from September 11 – April 2013.

This will be dependent on the individual job role. Most of the time you will be working a standard 35 hour week from 9am - 5pm. In some of the media production roles however will require greater flexibility and on occasions you may be expected to work for long hours over concentrated periods of time. This will be balanced by shorter days and / or compensatory leave. All working hours are subject to Working Time Regulations and more details will be given when you start.

During college time you will be expected to work the normal college working day of 9am – 4.30pm.

What qualification will I get?

Depending on the job role, by the end of your Apprenticeship you'll have gained either an Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media – Level 3, or a Business Administration Apprenticeship at either Level 2 or 3.

What will be expected of me on the Assessment Days?

We will give you an outline of the day nearer the time. The key thing to remember is that we just want to meet you and find out more about you and how you work and think – think of it as bringing your written application form to life. It will be friendly and informal day and a great chance to meet some people from the BBC, as well as meet people your own age, many of whom have similar interests to yourself.

Is this the same as the Media Apprenticeship that has been running for the last 4 years?

No. Our apprenticeships are no longer run as a scheme but are full time apprenticeship roles specifically based at a particular department at BBC North. The apprenticeship qualification that you receive will depend on the type of job role offered.

Will you be offering any more apprenticeships?
Yes, we are working with all BBC North departments including BBC Sport and News to develop further apprenticeship opportunities. We will be recruiting for more apprentices towards the end of 2011/early 2012.

Apply now

BBC Apprenticeships - Job roles

Please click on any of the roles below to see more details and download a job description for each role.

BBC North Management Team - Administration Assistant

Start Date: September 12th 2011

Pay: £8K per annum for 16-17 yrs old, £11.1K per annum for 18 + yrs old

This is a fabulous opportunity to work with the Management Team at the heart of BBC North. The Team supports the Director of BBC North in running this new and exciting part of the BBC. You will also work across a number of other BBC departments based in Salford, including Sport, Children’s and 5 live. This is ideal for anyone serious about a career in administration.

The role involves performing a wide range of administrative duties to support the management team, from welcoming visitors and setting up board meetings to booking travel to researching written material and updating diaries.

Download a job description for the Admin Assistant role. [86kb Word doc]

BBC Learning - Production Management Assistant
- (2 positions available)

Start Date: September 5th 2011

Pay: £8K per annum for 16-17 yrs old, £11.1K per annum for 18 + yrs old

BBC Learning provides opportunities for all BBC audiences through inspiring them to learn new skills, knowledge or ideas.  We offer a range of resources and activities for children, teachers, parents and adult learners. These make use of the best of the BBC - its content, its channels of communication, its talent and creative skills.

The Production Management Assistant at BBC Learning provides administrative support to the production team/s, in order to ensure the smooth and efficient running of productions. You will be working across all areas of Learning from TV, Radio and Online to our outreach campaigns. You will work in partnership with editorial colleagues to help deliver outstanding content for the BBC that is both on time and on budget.

Download a job description for the Production Management Assistant role [84kb Word doc]

BBC North Technology Operations - Broadcast Engineer / Technical Operator - (2 positions available)

Start Date: September 2011

Pay: £8K per annum for 16-17 yrs old, £11.1K per annum for 18 + yrs old

At BBC North, Technology Operations is responsible for keeping multi-media content available 24/7 for News, Sport, Children’s, Regional Local Programmes and Audio & Music. Technology Operations also provides monitoring of incoming and outgoing live and pre-recorded material across a range of BBC output, business continuity, broadcast duty management and a range of operational support services.

The Technical Operations apprentice will have a brilliant chance to assist and work on a range of broadcast and IT equipment, provide technical support and offer original suggestions to any technical problems that might occur during operational and programme activities in at the BBC. The successful applicant must possess the aptitude and willingness to work across a broad range of Broadcast Engineering activities and also must have the ability to take on some technical operational tasks.

Download a job description for the Broadcast Engineer / Technical Operator Apprentice role [127kb Word doc]

BBC Marketing & Audiences - Assistant Media Scheduler
- (2 positions available)

Start Date: September 12th 2011 (with initial 3 weeks training in London)

Pay: £8K per annum for 16 – 17 yrs old, £11.1K per annum for 18+ yrs old

This apprenticeship will be based at BBC Marketing and Audiences, which produces the campaigns that you see and hear across the BBC’s media platforms and uses its expertise to understand and engage audiences.

As part of the Media Planning team, the Assistant Media Scheduler Apprentice will be responsible for helping to manage the BBC’s promotional space. As part of the team you will help schedule trailers and other marketing messages across BBC channels, networks and services. This is an ideal position for anyone with an interest or passion in marketing or media research.

Download a job description for the Assistant Media Scheduler Apprentice role.
[97kb Word doc]

BBC Marketing & Audiences - Team Assistant Media Planning - (part-time)

Start Date: September 2011

Pay: £8K per annum for 16-17 yrs old, £11.1K per annum for 18+ yrs old

Terms: 25 hours per week / Fixed Term Contract for 6 months

Working for BBC Marketing & Audiences, the Media Planning Apprentice will provide comprehensive administrative and office management support as well as supporting the team on a variety of projects. You will help ensure the successful running of the Media Planning department by providing support to the Senior Manager and wider team for the department.

This is a great role for someone with an interest, or already has experience of working in administration. You will be the first point of contact for the department as well as helping with internal financial administration.

Download a job description for thie Team Assistant Media Planning Role. [88kb Word doc]

BBC Children's - Production Management Assistant

Start Date: September 26th 2011

Pay: £11.1K per annum for 18 + yrs old. This position is only open to those who are 18 years of age and over.

Ever fancied working on Blue Peter? Or on Horrible Histories? The Production Management Assistant in BBC Children's provides administrative support to the production team/s, in order to ensure the smooth and efficient running of productions. You will be working in the CBBC area of BBC Children's for TV and Online content.

CBBC focuses on the primary school age group, and offers original drama, animation, entertainment, news, sport, comedy and factual programming across a host of platforms. As well as a dedicated channel and website, CBBC also broadcasts every weekday evening on BBC One and every morning on BBC Two. Last year, the CBBC website attracted over 820k weekly unique users.

You will work in partnership with editorial colleagues to help deliver outstanding and distinctive content for BBC Children's that is both on time and on budget.

Download a job description for the Production Management Assistant role. [115kb Word doc]

BBC Children's - Design Runner

Start Date: September 12th 2011

Pay: £11.1K per annum for 18 + yrs old. This position is only open to those who are 18 years of age and over.

Do you have a passion for design? Would you like to make props for Tracy Beaker Returns?

The Design Runner will support the Stage Manager in buying and making props for the CBBC Presentation department. So if you want to be part of the creative process behind Horrible Histories, then this is the job role for you!

CBBC is the BBC’s multiplatform offering for 6-12 year olds bringing the very best drama, entertainment and factual programmes to its young viewers. It is the most-loved and most-watched channel of children in its target age group. Almost a third of children (6-12) consider it one of their favourites and over a third tune into the CBBC channel each week.

Download a job description for the Design Runner role. [119kb Word doc]

BBC Children's - Office Runner - CBeebies TV + Online

Start Date: September 12th 2011

Pay: £11.1K per annum. This position is only open to those who are 18 years of age and over.

If you have a passion for CBeebies and want to play a part in how the nations young ones are being educated and entertained, then this is the role for you.

The office runner / apprentice for CBeebies will work across both television and online content. You will perform a variety of tasks from helping set up film shoots to general office duties and providing support to the production team in the office, on location, and in the studio.

CBeebies remains the UK's most watched and most loved channel for the under-sixes.   Almost half of the target audience tune in every week with 55% saying it is one of their favourite channels. Our reach is around three times that of our nearest competitor.

Our most popular shows include In the Night Garden, I Can Cook, Rastamouse, Little Charley Bear, and Mr Bloom’s Nursery.

Download a job description for the Office Runner role. [122kb Word doc]

BBC Children's - Drama & Acquisitions Runner

Start Date: September 12th 2011

Pay: £11.1K per annum. This position is only open to those who are 18 years of age and over. BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE ROLE ON LOCATION, THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE MUST BE ABLE TO DRIVE

If you have love drama on BBC Children’s whether it’s Tracy Beaker or The Sarah Jane Adventures, then this role is a must for you. We’re looking for a talented and committed individual to work across both the Drama & Acquisitions areas of BBC Children’s.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone specifically interested in drama as the successful candidate will be able to specify which aspect of drama they’re particularly interested – scripts/make up/sound etc. This will be coupled with experience in the drama acquisitions area too as dramas are not in production all year round.

You will perform a variety of tasks from helping set up film shoots to general office duties and providing support to the production team in the office, on location, and in the studio.

Download a job description for the Drama & Acquisitions Runner role.

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