BBC Studios, the home of Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders, Luther, Planet Earth and Citizen Khan is seeking to make a positive intervention to hopefully achieve an increase in the representation of BAME and Disabled professionals in programme making and development in the broadcast industry. This placement provides participants with a unique opportunity to gain experience of a world class production facility and learn and hone their craft across a number of genres and disciplines.
There are four Editorial training placements available in the Comedy, Factual and Entertainment genres. These are twelve month placements to include 'bootcamp' training, continuous Learning & Development, together with coaching and mentoring. There is no guarantee of a job but it is hoped the scheme will encourage future applications to roles in the BBC and wider industry.
This exciting training scheme aims to give trainees an all-access understanding of the BBC’s editorial and development processes. Working closely with editorial and development in-house teams, they'll learn how to effectively shape BBC Studios genre priorities and strategies and how to recognise and develop fresh original ideas. The successful candidates will be given development opportunities and support, combining formal training, coaching with hands on practical and educational experience across development and / or production.
Marc Linsey, Director of BBC Studios said: "It wouldn’t be right to award jobs on the basis of someone’s ethnicity or disability, but along with others in the industry we do think that training and development support can help address barriers to participation and encourage and enable a wider spectrum of candidates to apply and compete for roles in the future."
The Ideal Candidate
You may have worked at the BBC for years or you may not have thought of applying for anything here before, if you’re a talented media professional from a BAME background, interested in learning, please apply. You will already have experience in content creation, which will be complemented by the scheme’s training in the area of editorial and development in a production environment. You must be passionate in developing and producing imaginative and distinctive content for the broadest of audiences.
Desired skills and experiences:
- Track record in programme making, a creative approach to the generation of ideas and understanding of needs
- Interest in / passion for encouraging others to have good ideas and helping them to develop and realise these ideas
- Understanding of the international market, co-production and commercial opportunities in all media and a desire to develop this understanding
- Understand the need for editorial guidelines and regulations relevant to programme making
- An up to date understanding of diverse audiences and their needs and expectations and an interest in using this
This is a training and development programme and as such does not attract a salary; however participants will be provided with an allowance for the duration of their training contract to enable them to participate in this scheme. For candidates outside the BBC the allowance will aim to meet current salary (excluding overtime and other allowances). For candidates inside the BBC, an allowance based on current substantive salary will be provided. Please note this is a training and development opportunity for those working in the media industry.
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