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Over the first six months of my apprenticeship, I have been very lucky and have been given the opportunity to work in production roles on some amazing BBC shows including Sports Personality of the Year, Football Focus and Final Score, A Question of Sport and also the Festival of Remembrance and the Holocaust Memorial Day with BBC Studios. I was also looking forward to working on some live events during this amazing summer of sport which would have seen the Olympics taking centre stage but, like many other people, this is not now the case.
How has your role as a BBC Sport Scheduler and an apprentice changed recently?
I am, like most people in the UK, working from home, and am still working as a BBC Sport Scheduler, but the way I am working has changed slightly. I would normally put together the rotas four to six weeks in advance but as the situation is constantly changing, the rotas are being done on a one to two week basis. I can do my role quite easily from home but it is very strange not being in the office having chats to people throughout the day.
As an apprentice I have to do college work which is provided by All Spring Media. As I am no longer able to attend the college in…
Tell us a bit about yourself
After finishing my A levels at college I decided I wanted to go straight into work rather than attend university, I wanted to start a career in HR but found it difficult to find a HR apprenticeship offering a CIPD qualification. I tried out a couple of roles in recruitment over the next year but decided that I still wanted to pursue HR, I then came across the HR apprenticeship at the BBC which also offered me the chance to gain a CIPD qualification, so I applied straight away and was fortunately selected for this opportunity.
As an HR Apprentice, what does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me depends upon which team I am working in, this changes around every 3 months for me and each team is very different. For the first 3 months of my apprenticeship I was working in the Support at Work team, a typical day here would involve; note taking, transcribing, indexing documents for hearings and a variety of other tasks relating to the grievance…
What are you currently working on?
I currently work in the Managing Directors office. My day to day job role involves project co-ordinating our three workstreams: talent, culture and partnerships. So at the moment I am helping to organise a leadership summit, where we are turning leaders ideas into concrete actions. I am also updating our annual report by analysing our partnerships across the breadth of the BBC. As well as this, I am also helping to create talent networks to generate ideas on retaining our talent and developing them.
Was there anything you have done that you didn’t expect to do when you started the scheme?
To have the mentors I have in my career. I have forever been supported by two very senior leaders at the BBC. They have given me such a great understanding of the BBC, learning from their own failures and their successes. I didn’t think when I applied for the scheme that I would be in the position to even have a conversation with people like themselves.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced throughout your apprenticeship and how did you overcome this?
Work life balance, studying, working and finding time for yourself is a challenge. I have overcome this…
Nick Ransom, a researcher in BBC Bitesize, talks about his first 18 months within the BBC and how his autistic differences have been embraced in the workplace.
It is genuinely inspiring and heartening to see a bigger and bolder approach to disability at the BBC. Autism is considered a disability to some but, in my experience, it's just a more clearly-defined set of strengths and weaknesses.
"One piece of advice a senior leader told me, that has stuck ever since is 'Make yourself do the one thing you fear the most until you fear it no more'."
So Amy, Tell us about what are you working on at the moment?
Currently I sit in the Leadership and Personal Development Team within HR. Over the past six months I have been project co-ordinating the BBC’s Hilda Matheson, Women in Leadership programme. This has included managing the logistics of the programme which runs in 7 BBC locations, organising large scale events such as their graduation which took place in BBC Glasgow, designing the…
Hi I’m Katie, I’m 20 years old and I’m the Broadcast Operator Apprentice based in Media City, Salford and I started in September 2019.
I’ve wanted to work behind the scenes for the BBC for as long as I can remember. I applied for the BBC summer work experience programme when I was still at school and was accepted to work with the Proms team in London. Through that I was offered lots of running…
Broadcast Operator Apprentice
Firstly, the things that attracted me to apply were that I have always had a passion for the television industry and wanted to pursue it as a career as I found it exciting and interesting, working for the BBC is a fantastic opportunity to study and work and be part of a national institution.
The scheme started with an initial few weeks of training where I got to meet my fellow apprentices from…
Rabbia Tul- Zohra
Software Engineering Graduate Scheme
WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE ON YOUR ROTATIONS SO FAR?
I am in the Sounds mobile team. It’s been great! I have enjoyed the last 5 months in this team and am pretty sad to be leaving (our next rotations start on 2nd Sept 2019). I have learned lots and contributed even more. I have worked on 5 different features in app and on lots of improvements.
WHAT'S YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR NEW GRADS?
My advice is to keep your options and mind open and say yes to as many opportunities that come your way as possible - whether that’s to present a demo on behalf of…
Broadcast Engineering Trainee
Engineering Trainee Scheme
UNIVERSITY, DATES AND SUBJECT
University of Salford
BSc (Hons) Media Technology
Masters (achieved as part of the BBC Broadcast Engineering Trainee Scheme):
Birmingham City University
MSc Broadcast Engineering
WHERE DO YOU WORK NOW?
BBC North Video and Live as a Junior Systems Engineer
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE SCHEME? INCLUDING THE ENVIRONMENT, LEARNING, TECHNOLOGIES YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
The Broadcast Engineering Trainee Scheme provides a great first step on a career with the BBC. Over the two years, I experienced…
So Jared, October marks a year since you first started the Journalism Trainee Scheme, can you remember much about your first week here?
The first week was really exciting. It was the first time I really felt like ‘this is it. I’m a journalist.’ It was mainly meet and greets, getting to know the other trainees and finding out how the year was going to work. It was all in London at New Broadcasting…