Journalism Trainee Scheme


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Is This Scheme For Me?

The Journalism Trainee Scheme is for people with good knowledge, understanding and interest in news and current affairs. You don’t need qualifications but we do expect you to be a creative storyteller who is curious about the world and already demonstrating journalism skills.  This is for people at the very beginning stages of their career but you should be showing your journalistic potential, for example, by writing articles for a local or student newspaper or website, working at a radio station with news content, blogging or vlogging or creating great social media content.

Scheme Overview

You will undertake training while working alongside news teams creating content for multiple platforms. You’ll get hands-on experience involving researching, writing and broadcasting news.

We offer general journalism trainee places around the UK which means you could be working in one of our newsrooms or news programmes in London, Salford, Cardiff, Shetland or Orkney. 

The scheme takes 10 months to complete and will equip you with the skills to move into a permanent role at the BBC.


The scheme is offered in London, Salford, Cardiff, Orkney and Shetland.

This page will link you through to the application for London, Salford and Cardiff (English Language place) only.

If your first choice location is Cardiff (Welsh Language place) you’ll need to make a separate application on the careers hub here:

Alternatively if first choice location is Orkney and Shetland, you’ll need to make a separate application on the careers hub here:

Please only make one application based on your location preference. Duplicate applications will not be considered.

Start Date

September 2020

Does this sound like the scheme for you? Here is what we are looking for…

You will:

  • Be fascinated by news and current affairs with a passion to share people’s stories.
  • Demonstrate strong evidence of original news journalism and creativity and have lots of ideas to make innovative output.
  • Be curious and regularly read, watch and listen to a host of local and national news on websites, TV, radio and social media.
  • Be flexible and adaptable due to the pace of work and learning process – although you should be working a normal 35-hour week, please note that working in journalism is not a 9 to 5, Monday to Friday job.  The hours can be long when you are working to tight deadlines, but they can also be very rewarding.
  • Be a team player who enjoys working with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public.
  • Be 18 or over by the time the scheme starts in the autumn

We are unable to accept your application if you do not have the legal right to work in the UK.

What Are We Offering?

  • Competitive salary £21,216 (or £25,776 for London Trainees).
  • 25 days holiday a year with an option to buy or sell days to suit you. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year.
  • First-rate training throughout the scheme led by specialists and senior BBC journalists.
  • A mentor to support and guide you during your training.


We are a diversity champion and we promote a good working environment for all existing and potential staff ensuring equal treatment for all of our employees. We have formed a partnership with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. Click here to view our vacancies in an accessible format.  If you have a disability you will also have the option to go through our Extend Hub when you apply.