Production Trainee Scheme


Applications for our 2020/21 intake are now closed. Please check back in 2021 for updates. 

Is This Scheme For Me?

We’re looking for all kinds of different people who have the ability and potential to join our BBC Three production teams and help us create ground-breaking, innovative and thought-provoking content.

This scheme is not suitable for absolute beginners. The ability to demonstrate some solid evidence of your passion for creating content is a must. We are looking for creative and driven people with great ideas and masses of potential.

You must also be able to show that you have an understanding of audiences across a range of BBC platforms as well as across other channels

If you have had continuous paid production work in the media industry, or at the BBC, for longer than 12 months then you need to consider whether this might be the right scheme for you as it may duplicate training and experience that you have already had.

There is no academic entry requirement.

If you’ve got loads of ideas; the potential to learn the end-to-end production process from industry professionals and the drive and determination to succeed, then this scheme could be for you!

Scheme Overview

BBC Three is looking for the next generation of talented content creators to bring new voices and stories to the channel. We focus our recruitment on creativity, potential and drive.

We want people from all backgrounds to join the BBC’s Production Trainee Scheme and to help us tell stories that you care about – on digital, social media. 

Through work placements in our production teams, and with bespoke BBC Academy training, you’ll develop understanding, knowledge and experience relating not only to BBC Three, but also to the broader BBC and the wider industry as a whole. By the time you’ve finished the scheme, you’ll be well-equipped to apply for entry-level positions across digital, TV and radio output.

Whilst you're on the scheme you may have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of production - you could be focussing on developing ideas and stories (editorial) or learning how to schedule and set up filming (production management) or mastering how to use technical kit to capture footage or edit.

The scheme is recognised across the media industry for its training and ‘on-the-job’ opportunities and work placements.


Your work placement will be in either Birmingham or London. You will be able to specify a preferred location on your application form, but we cannot guarantee that your request will be met. 

Your training sessions could be in one of the following bases in England – London, Birmingham or Salford.

Start Date

Autumn 2020

Who are you?

First of all, what’s not important: Academic qualifications and acquired professional experience/skills. You don’t need a degree or a year’s work experience at a media organisation.

Don’t rule yourself out of the running – your voice, your life experiences and personal story might be just what we’re looking for!

What is important: Passion and drive for working at the BBC Three and for creating brilliant content for our audiences to enjoy and learn from. This is the scheme for you if you’re...

  • ambitious and highly motivated
  • bursting with fresh, new ideas
  • passionate and excited about BBC Three content
  • eager to share a voice that you feel isn’t being heard on the BBC
  • interested in how people ‘consume’ content – do you watch, listen or engage with lots of different content on a daily basis and can  you talk about what works/doesn’t work for different types of audiences and on different kinds of platforms?
  • full of opinions and ideas about how BBC Three connects with to its audiences and want to help us reach new people
  • resilient and can rise to the challenge of building a career in the media industry

You must be able to work flexibly as working at the BBC is not always a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, job. You may also be required to move productions and may spend some of your time in a placement at a BBC production centre away from your main base.

You will also be expected to demonstrate that you can work with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public. 

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

If you have more than one year’s work experience in Media or Production, we recommend you take a look at roles more suited to your level on BBC Careers Hub.

You must not be planning this scheme as a gap-year activity.

What Are We Offering

  • A 10-month fixed term contract currently paying £21,216 per annum for trainees based outside of London and £25,898 for those based mainly in the capital.
  • Gold-standard training delivered by the BBC Academy from training specialists and senior BBC and freelance production staff

  • The chance to work on a variety of content across BBC Three.

Where could it take you? 

This scheme will give you the skills, knowledge and experience of a working in a professional media environment that will be a good foundation for applying for entry level roles in a range of production areas.

Previous trainees have gone on to secure the following roles, both in the BBC and in the independent sector:-

  • Runner
  • Researcher
  • Casting Researcher
  • Development Researcher
  • Social Media Assistant

The Application Process

The most important thing to remember throughout the application process is that we are looking for your passion and potential. Be prepared to demonstrate what you have to offer, but don’t second-guess what you think we’re looking for – just tell us about you and why you need to be on this scheme!

We want to hear about why you want to work at the BBC and at BBC Three in particular. Make sure you have a good understanding of the channel and its audience – do your research! 

You will complete an application form which will help us to understand your interest in the BBC, BBC Three and our Production Trainee Scheme. Remember to mention any relevant skills and experience that you might have that could help you to bring a unique voice to the BBC!

The team will read your application and if you are successful, we’ll invite you to our video interview stage.

The video interview helps us to get to know you better and if you demonstrate some of the things we are looking for then you will be invited to an assessment centre. This may be followed by a final stage interview.

At the assessment centre you will have an opportunity to impress us in person and get a feel for what it’s like to work at the BBC. Of course, it’s normal to feel a bit nervous or anxious about this stage, but we’re on hand to help you through and to get the best out of you on the day, so try not to worry too much!


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.

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