Extend Hub

The BBC’s recruitment portal for entry level schemes and apprenticeships

We are committed to increasing the number of people with disabilities working at the BBC. We understand that for many the BBC can seem an impenetrable organisation, so we created the Extend Hub as the BBC’s new talent disability recruitment portal.

Disabled Trainees in Action

How to Apply

View and apply for BBC apprenticeships and trainee schemes via the BBC Careers Portal

How it works

The Extend Hub is applies to BBC Apprenticeships and Trainee roles. You will be able to see on the job advert whether the Extend Hub is available for that particular role.

If you are in the Extend Hub:

We will contact you in advance of any future assessment to ensure that we discuss any adjustments you need making - meaning that you don't have to worry about contacting us.

Your application will go to the next review stage.  This can mean slightly different things depending on the application process for the role. Check the application process on the job advert so you can see which one will apply to you.

Do I qualify?

Disabilities are recognised by the Equality Act 2010: “A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This definition includes impairments or medical conditions such as Cancer, HIV or MS.”

For further guidance, see:

Who are we looking for?

The BBC runs a variety of new talent schemes across journalism, production, technology and business and we make offers to over 150 people each year. We look for the best and most diverse new talent to help us keep the BBC as the most creative organisation in the world. The schemes are open for application at different times of year but all start in September.

Some are suitable for school leavers and others for graduates and each will have different entry requirements so you will need to check with the scheme you are interested in.

Support with your application

We are proud to be a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply or interview for a role with the BBC, please do contact us on resourcing@bbc.co.uk with the job reference in the subject. We’d be happy to have a conversation in confidence to discuss how we can support you through the process, as there are a number of different ways we can accept an application and/or adapt our selection processes. Whether your selection process is virtual or face to face, we can make adjustments such as subtitles over zoom, providing you with extra time or adapting our questions – whatever is the appropriate adjustment for your needs.

We can provide communication support for in person and online interviews. For example, we can provide British Sign Language and subtitling for Zoom interviews when requested through the reasonable adjustment process.

Whatever is the appropriate adjustment for your needs, the BBC has a dedicated Access & Disability Service that provides a range of expertise related to disability, accessibility, adjustments, neurodiversity, mental health and long term health conditions.

The service provides a provision of support to our disabled colleagues along with supporting managers, HR, the D&I team, and various other departments through advice, funding management and general guidance.

The BBC Access & Disability Service provide workplace assessments which examine work or disability-related barriers that individuals might have, and then facilitate the necessary reasonable adjustments with the individual and their manager. The service is available to individuals during the recruitment stage, onboarding or at any time during their career at the BBC.

Many of our roles are now a combination of office and remote (hybrid) working, and we are happy to discuss flexible working patterns either as part of the recruitment process or once you are with us.

We often use a range of specialist jobs boards, (including Evenbreak) to help source disabled candidates.

Contact us

Please follow @BBCGetIn on Twitter or the BBC Academy on Facebook for the latest news, updates and hints and tips for people wanting to get into the industry. 

Contact the BBC Resourcing Team if you have any concerns before, or during, the application stage including pre-assessments, assessments and interviews. The resourcing team will be more than happy to assist and offer guidance.

For example, our online application may not be compatible with your assistive technology software at home; we therefore would be able to provide you with assessment tools in alternative formats. Or for a deaf person instead of a telephone interview we could explore other options such as using a qualified sign language interpreter and FaceTime or Skype.

Prior to your interview, the Resourcing team will be in touch to make enquiries relating to your access needs, if any. The BBC’s Disability Access Service (who are specialists in supporting disabled candidates/employees with their access requirements) will then facilitate your interview and if successful, your placement(s).

We appreciate that disabled people, even those with the same disability, have different needs.

Our aim is very simple: to ensure you have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience whilst applying for a job opportunity at the BBC; beginning with your application right through to your interview, and everything-in-between.

Please be assured that we are working hard to make sure that the overall recruitment process is disability-friendly.

The timings/length duration vary by scheme. For our full list of schemes, information on current opportunities, and to apply go to bbc.co.uk/getin.

BBC apprentices salaries start at £14,000. An extra allowance is added for those based in London (known as London weighting) making their starting salary £19,082. Trainee scheme salaries start at £21, 216. London weighting is added to this for those living in the capital. For full details of pay, please look at the specific scheme.

 

Not for travel or accommodation to your main place of work from home. Expenses incurred in the course of work will be subject to the normal BBC Expenses Policy.

Should you wish to accept a place of a scheme based away from your home, the BBC cannot cover any of your relocation or accommodation expenses. You would have to be able to cover these costs yourself and you would also be expected to make your own relocation and accommodation arrangements.

You are advised to check with your local Social Security Office first as benefits such as Incapacity Benefit may be affected when you enter on the BBC payroll.

The BBC's Disability Access Service will arrange an initial access assessment with you as an individual before you start your placement. This is mandatory and will be arranged at the BBC building where your placement will be based. If you need reasonable adjustments to support you in the working environment, the BBC's Disability Access Service will provide support to help you fill in an application for Access to Work funding for relevant access needs if required.

  • Disability ConfidentThe BBC is committed to ensuring that our careers are accessible to all. We are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and have committed to continually reviewing our processes. Find out more about the government's scheme here.

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