News is on the hunt for new talent
News is now open for applications to two trainee programmes - for
Trainee Researchers in Current Affairs and for Broadcast
Technology Assistant Trainees in News Resources.
aim of both schemes is to attract new and diverse talent into BBC
News around the UK.
The schemes are in their third year and are this year recruiting
around eight people to begin training in mid September.
The trainees will receive structured development through a mix of
theoretical and practical on-the-job skills training and work experience
to get a real feel for and understanding of the work and life of
Trainees receive top quality training and development and shadowing
opportunities and earn competitive salaries.
"News is one of the fastest growing and most competitive areas
of the broadcast industry," said Richard Sambrook, BBC's Director
is a proliferation of new technology being introduced to news production
which is rapidly changing the face of the industry.
crucial, therefore, that we recruit the best people to drive this
"Also, the BBC serves every community across the UK, so it's
important that we recruit widely to make sure our trainees and staff
reflect a wide range of backgrounds and experience."
The one-year scheme for Trainee Researchers in Current Affairs covers
research techniques, radio, TV and online skills, production and
learn how to question and probe, and explain why and how world events
happen and shape our lives.
across radio, television and New Media in London or Manchester,
it is their job to generate ideas and stories, identify and secure
guests and contributors and work with producers to make high quality
will gain hands on experience of the full range of programme output
and develop a wide range of journalistic skills, including editorial
BBC News is looking for people who have a good basic background
knowledge of world events and current affairs, imagination and the
ability to think laterally, proven experience of developing angles
on stories, a demonstrable commitment to journalism, for example
writing for websites, local paper or student magazine, and a passion
for getting to the heart of a story.
"I have a strong interest in politics, so have been able to
arrange a placement at Newsnight," said Kirsten Hills, Trainee
Researcher, BBC Current Affairs.
year has been an incredible experience in terms of developing professionally
is a real effort to identify placements that are best suited to
your interests and personality. For example, I asked to work on
a documentary looking at the diamond industry in Sierra Leone."
Over the two and a half year programme, the Broadcast Technology
Assistant Trainees will learn how to keep broadcasts on the air
and running smoothly.
News Support team provides technical support to the BBC's television,
radio and online newsrooms and studios to ensure that the BBC reaches
its audiences both in the UK and abroad.
gain experience across all areas in News Resources and, on successful
completion of the training, will qualify as a Broadcast Technology
The BBC is looking for people who are fascinated by how and why
equipment works, with a minimum A-level - or equivalent - standard
of education including physics, maths, computing and a demonstrable
interest in computers, software, electronics, web development, video,
audio and broadcasting.
"The training is excellent in terms of how much I have learned
so quickly," said Jiten Thakrar, Broadcast Technology Assistant.
feel that working in News is definitely the best place to learn,
because time constraints put a good level of pressure on the technical
teams and bring out the best in them."
The deadline for applications to the scheme is 20 June 2003 for
the Broadcast Technology Assistant Trainee scheme and 16 May 2003
for the Trainee Researchers in Current Affairs.
For more information and details on how to apply, log on to www.bbc.co.uk/jobs/bbctrainees
or contact 0870 3331330 or text phone 020 7765 1192.
following BBC trainees are available for media interview:
Hills - Trainee Researcher - Current Affairs
Colebourn - Trainee Researcher - Current Affairs
Fishwick - Broadcast Technology Assistant.
Thakrar - Broadcast Technology Assistant
BBC Training & Development co-ordinates BBC Trainees, and is
working closely with BBC News to develop their trainee schemes.
Training & Development is the world's largest broadcast trainer.
2002 it delivered 37,943 trainee days and provided 3,706 courses
for over 18,500 people both within and outside the organisation.
has also supported 302 trainees, and runs e-learning courses for
BBC staff on learn.gateway, the BBC's online learning intranet.
Current Affairs is part of BBC News. It has output on television,
radio and online, and its programmes aim to give an insight into
the world in which we live.
questions and probes, and explains why and how world events happen
and shape our lives, making topical programmes underwritten by journalistic
News Resources is a department of approximately 700 people, providing
a comprehensive range of dedicated location, editing, graphics and
studio facilities, and operational staff for BBC News, including
IT and engineering services.
The bulk of news output comes from the BBC News Centre in Television
Centre, the largest news centre in the world.
are also News facilities at Bush House, Millbank and White City.
Resources is part of the BBC News Division.