Introduction to Radio Operations: One week training course

Kick-start your technical and operational career by learning about the process of making live speech radio news and sport programmes, and join our talent pool.

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Applications are now open. See below on how to apply.

Do you have a passion for the technical side of broadcasting? Would you like some radio-specific training at the BBC?

BBC Production Operations (Audio) are running a one week ‘Introduction to Radio Operations’ course offering a fantastic opportunity to train with the BBC.

  • The aim of this free course is to encourage entry-level operational skills, and build and develop a talent pool of potential sound operators, engaging people from a diverse range of backgrounds to reflect our audiences.
  • You’ll learn about the role of a Studio Manager and Studio Director (the sound operators for network radio) and have the chance to operate mixing desks and other broadcast equipment.
  • BBC trainers will help you develop your technical knowledge, and the week will culminate in candidates keeping a mock radio station on the air - putting your desk driving skills into practice and applying the principles you'll have learnt throughout the week. 
  • We’re looking for people with a technical curiosity, passion for radio and a desire to work in the technical operating side of broadcasting. You’ll be committed and eager to learn and have demonstrated proactivity in furthering your operating skills and technical experience - for example through involvement with a community radio/TV station, theatre sound, mixing bands, or doing some DJ-ing.

The course will be run by the team working on BBC Radio 5 live in Salford. Some of our most powerful and original content is driven by our listeners. As sound operators we work closely with our journalist colleagues to produce our output technically, both on radio and online.

  • Applicants will need to be available from: 21 January to 25 January and 25 February to 1 March 2019
  • The course is residential (at our training facility at Wood Norton, Worcestershire) and full attendance is essential
  • Accommodation costs will be covered by the BBC
  • Places are limited

How to apply

1. Please tell us why you want an opportunity to attend this course.

If you can, please answer this question by recording yourself on a video or sound file of no more than 30 seconds.

2. We’re looking for people who are passionate about learning more about sound and broadcasting technology. 

Please tell us about your passion and excitement in these areas in no more than 200 words. 

You might want to tell us about a community TV or radio station you work on, or you may have done some theatre sound at school, or been involved in DJ-ing.

3. Tell us about a time when you faced a difficult challenge when working in a team and how you overcame it in no more than 200 words.

It might be useful to think about a situation at school, college, work, with team-mates at any clubs you’re a part of or with friends and family.

In your answer try and cover the following points:

  • What was the challenge?
  • Why was it important you overcame it?
  • How did you deal with the challenge?
  • Who else was involved? 
  • What was the result?

4. Send us a brief CV

Please email us the video and the written answers to points 2 and 3 together with your CV to IntrotoRadioOps@bbc.co.uk by Sunday 9 December 2018. Applicants must be over 18.

This initiative underlines BBC North's long-term commitment to supporting employment and training across the region. Our aim is to find talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and give you the skills and knowledge to benefit from these opportunities.

It’s only by having a wide range of people, from different backgrounds and experiences, working in the media industry that we’ll be able to make sure there are enough exciting entertaining and engaging programmes and services for everyone.  We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds who reflect the diversity of the UK.

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