BBC Director-General Tony Hall pledges an apprentice in every UK local radio station

I believe passionately in apprenticeships. This announcement of an additional 45 BBC apprentices demonstrates our commitment to broadening the routes through which talented young people can join the BBC."Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Date: 22.08.2013     Last updated: 19.03.2014 at 09.30
BBC Director-General Tony Hall today announced that the BBC will take on an apprentice in every BBC local radio station across England and in BBC radio stations across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by September 2014.

Tony Hall says: “I believe passionately in apprenticeships. This announcement of an additional 45 BBC apprentices demonstrates our commitment to broadening the routes through which talented young people can join the BBC. It also reaffirms our commitment to investing in talent from the broadest possible range of backgrounds and communities across the UK.”

Research published in 2012 shows that professions have become increasingly likely to hire graduates, leaving many young people without a university degree unable to pursue a professional career, irrespective of their potential. The Local Radio Apprenticeships, which will be run by the BBC Academy, will offer non-graduates a gold-standard opportunity to get their first foot on the ladder of the broadcasting industry.

Today’s announcement builds on the BBC’s current portfolio of apprenticeship schemes. Over the next few months the BBC will see the start of three new BBC apprenticeship programmes: in Production Management, Radio 4 Journalism and a degree-level apprenticeship in Broadcast Engineering. These will be added to existing apprenticeship programmes in Bristol, Salford, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow, making a total of 74 BBC apprentices during 2013/14 – and the above figure of 45 apprentices in local and regional radio in 2014/15 will be in addition to this.

Anne Morrison, Director of the BBC Academy, the BBC’s centre of learning and development, says: “Not only is this a positive move for the BBC, it’s an attractive alternative to school leavers to the now costly option of university. Apprentices get to work in broadcasting, earn a wage and, in some cases, gain a degree at the end of the scheme.”

Notes to Editors

The BBC Academy is the BBC’s centre for training. It houses the Colleges of Journalism, Production, Leadership and Technology. As well as training BBC staff, it also have a remit under the terms of the BBC's Charter Agreement to train the wider industry. It aims to share as much of its training as possible with the wider UK broadcasting industry for free. It also offers some of its courses on a commercial basis, both within the UK and abroad.

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