If you are invited to an interview/assessment, the recruitment team will ask you if you have any access needs and put them in place for you.
If you are successful in getting a place on Step Up and have access requirements, then you will be asked to indicate this. The BBC’s Disability Access Service can then contact you for an assessment to look at what you need and help implement any reasonable adjustments that may be required.
‘There are talented disabled journalists in the BBC working in a variety of roles. By putting in place reasonable adjustments, workplace barriers are removed and disabled employees can reach their potential’. (Richard Southorn, Disability Access Service Manager)
‘The Access Unit has been an enormous help to me in my role as a reporter at the BBC. In particular, they have assisted me regularly with applications to Access to Work for funding of specialist equipment and they helped me put in place a support worker who doubles as my producer. I have also found the facilitators they employ to be hugely reliable and really switched on in terms of the business we're in and the pressure that goes with it. While I firmly believe that the key thing for the BBC is to change attitudes so more disabled people appear on air and work in production, the Access Unit has undoubtedly made it much easier for people like me to thrive in this organisation.’ (Gary O'Donoghue, BBC Political Correspondent)
‘I applied to the Access Unit in my first week at the BBC and within 15 minutes they had replied to find out more about my needs and book me a face-to-face meeting to discuss what help I might need.
I have arthritis which affects most of my joints and need aids to help day-to-day at my desk and, when I move to a London office, help getting to and from work.
After emailing the Unit an appointment was made for me as soon as they could, and they worked it around my timetable.
Everyone at the Access Unit has been friendly and really helpful. My managers and colleagues have been incredibly supportive of me; I feel very lucky to be working for a company that cares about the welfare of their staff.’ (Jennifer Nicholson, BBC Journalism Trainee )