Broadcast Engineering Degree Apprentice Scheme - Level 6

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The Highlights

Be in the next generation of technical production engineers helping the BBC to deliver content on TV, radio, online and other digital services. Study for your L6 Broadcast Engineer Degree Apprenticeship qualification, while developing your skills in designing, building, fixing, maintaining and working with media production systems and technologies.

Start date: 19th September 2022

Duration: 3 Years

Salary: £15,074 in year one (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729 for London based roles)

Apprenticeships available: 13

Location(s): Southampton, Nottingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, London

Leading to: a role within our Technology, Systems and Delivery teams, earning £26,000 or more.

What you'll be doing

Learn about technologies and systems for TV, radio and digital channels, and how they produce high-quality content that’s distributed around the world. And learn the industry standards for the set-up of broadcast communication systems, media content systems and IP networks.

Develop the specialised skills to design, build and maintain the media production and broadcasting technologies and systems that take the BBC into the future.

You'll study for your L6 Broadcast Engineer Degree Apprenticeship qualification, from Birmingham City University and The Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. You will study IP Networks, Audio and Vision Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Uni and have opportunities through workplace rotations, to put this learning into use practically.

This apprenticeship offers the following locations across the UK enabling you to work within distinct areas of our many broadcast and production facilities. You will be required to indicate your preference on the application form.

Our Operational Engineering Team based at BBC Southampton are looking to develop a new Broadcast Engineer to support local and regional services such as Radio Solent, BBC South TV and Online News. You will develop alongside highly experienced Operational and System Engineers who will share their wealth of knowledge to help you achieve throughout the time on the apprenticeship.

Our Operational Engineering Team based at BBC Nottingham are looking to develop a new Broadcast Engineer to support local and regional services such as Radio Nottingham Radio Solent, BBC East Midlands TV and Online News. You will develop alongside highly experienced Operational and System Engineers who will share their wealth of knowledge to help you achieve throughout the time on the apprenticeship.

We have an opportunity for two individuals to work from our Belfast Broadcasting House to develop the skills to provide both operational and technical support to our local programme making teams. You will be based in Belfast with some requirement to travel to other sites in the region such as BBC Londonderry, Banbridge, Ballymena and Armagh.  You can find out more on the diverse range of services that BBC Northern Ireland provides to the Nation as well as the rest of the United Kingdom here (

Our Glasgow based Engineering and Systems Teams are seeking two talented emerging Engineers to develop within their team to build, integrate and support all BBC services that come out of BBC Scotland that serve the Nation as well as the rest of the UK. A few Engineers and Team Leaders within the team have graduated from this apprenticeship and are well prepared to support you into your future careers. You can find out more on the services that are generated at BBC Scotland here. (

We have 3 amazing opportunities for individuals to work on our Major Technology Projects that can range from Broadcast & Media Production Systems, IP Networks and Computer/Asset transformations (to name a few). The team serve the whole BBC as an internal service. You will develop as a specialist in Broadcast and Media Systems Technology and develop the skills to consult, design, evaluate, plan, implement and review the varying technical innovations and solutions you contribute towards. This team took the leading role in delivering our most advanced Broadcasting Centre in Europe being our Central Square BBC Wales HQ. A few of our past apprentices are working within the team as qualified Project Engineers or Managers and you will feel well supported as you grow within the team.

This team is recruiting two apprentices per location. Our central Technology Operations teams provide 24/7 broadcast, distribution and production technology support to our primary broadcast facilities such as our W1 Campus in London as well as MediaCityUK, Manchester. Within this team, and depending on where you’re based, you will work on the front-line supporting TV and Radio Production networks, systems and devices that are behind our flagship services such as Radio 1, 1xtra, 2, 3, 4 and 5, BBC ONE, SIX and TEN News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Sport, BBC Childrens, World TV News, our 40 World Service Radio services, BBC London, Arabic and Persian TV services.  The Team are also responsible for our Master Control rooms and Telecommunication network systems. You will be trained and developed to either support our TV & Radio Studios and infrastructure or our Master Control Rooms.

What we're looking for

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over when the course starts in September 2022
  • Have achieved, or expect to achieve, by start of the scheme in September 2022, 112 UCAS points (300 if before 2017). This must include a Maths A level/Higher, or an Extended BTEC in Engineering with Engineering Maths, or equivalent qualification.
  • In addition to this, other desirable A levels/Highers include those in science or technology subjects, for example, Computer Science, Physics or Electronics
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Have lived in the UK, Ireland or the European Economic Area (EEA), for at least three years before the start of the apprenticeship. Or have either pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and lived in the UK, EEA or Gibraltar for at least three years.

We’ll ask you to give examples to show you’re:

  • Technically minded, with a good understanding of the role
  • Fascinated by how things work, and are designed and built
  • A natural problem solver who likes fixing things (safely)
  • Able to efficiently multitask and work under pressure
  • Good at communicating and collaborating with people.

Don’t worry if you don’t have an extensive CV. You can share examples of your passion for technology from anywhere. That might be other work experience, your time in education, volunteering - even times you’ve helped your friends and family out with technical issues.

We’d love to hear from ex-service personnel for our London, Jersey and Norwich roles. If you’ve left the Armed Forces, are or thinking about it, and fit the above bill - get in touch.

What you'll get

During your apprenticeship

  • A starting salary of £15,074 (+ £4,729 London Living Allowance for London based role), and potential pay increases.
  • A flexible 35-hour working week, 26 days of annual leave days (with the option to buy an extra 5 days), and a defined pension scheme.
  • Discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
  • A dedicated Team Manager and Scheme Specialist to help with your development.
  • Professional Coaching and Mentoring by industry professionals.
  • Access to our in-house Academy, which hosts a range of internal and external courses.

At the end of your apprenticeship

  • A recognised Level 6 Broadcast Engineer Degree Apprenticeship qualification from Birmingham City University and the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
  • A role in the BBC Technology, Systems and Delivery team with a starting salary of £26,000 or more.
  • The chance to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the BBC.

Apply on the BBC Careers Hub

We’ll check your skills are a good fit for the role and that you’re eligible for the scheme. If your application is successful, we’ll be in touch with next steps.

If you’d like support with your application because you have a learning difficulty or disability, please select the Extend Hub in the application and we can help.


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