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Learn from the best – BBC Technology Apprenticeship

BBCThinking about what you’re going to do after you leave school next summer and have a strong interest in technology? You can earn money working at the BBC whilst gaining a degree in Broadcast Engineering with the BBC’s ground-breaking Technology Apprenticeship. Applications for the 2014 BBC Technology Apprenticeship open at midday on Friday 26th September. You can find out more about the scheme below, email TechnologyApprentices@bbc.co.uk to join the mailing list and follow @BBCTrainees for the latest information.

What’s on offer?
– A degree in Broadcast Engineering
– £11,500 annual salary
– Your university tuition fees paid by the BBC
– A CV full of amazing work experience

What you need to apply:
300 UCAS points which you can calculate on the UCAS website
An A level or BTEC (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (i.e maths or another science) however, relevant experience may also be considered
A passion to understand how things work and solving problems and you’ll need to have done something that demonstrates your interest in technology

Additional information:
The scheme starts in September 2014 and lasts for three years.
There are opportunities for you to choose based in:
London, Birmingham, Salford
Apprentices need to be able to travel to their main place of work

More information about the scheme:
As part of the three year Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship programme you’ll complete work placements with the BBC and other media companies, while studying towards a degree in Broadcast Engineering. You’ll also build up an excellent CV which will put you in a great position to compete for jobs in the media industry once you graduate. And the brilliant news is that you don’t have to take out a Student Loan – the BBC pays you an Apprentice salary of £11.5k and covers your university tuition fees – it’s all part of the Apprenticeship. Once qualified, you’ll be in a great position to offer your skills and talents to a wide range of media companies on the look-out for people like you. This is a higher level apprenticeship (Level 6) and is being supported by government co-investment in order to address an urgent lack of young technology talent right across the UK.

About the role: The BBC Academy has worked in partnership with ITV, Channel 4, Red Bee Media and Arqiva, to design the Apprenticeship so that, once qualified, you will have all the skills and knowledge to be highly employable across the broadcasting industry. Some of our industry partners will also be offering work placements so you will get to work at the heart of broadcasting, in exciting technology teams while building up a fantastic CV that will place you really well for competing for jobs at the end of your Apprenticeship.

As part of this innovative Apprenticeship, you will study for an honours bachelor’s degree, with tailored courses in:
Computer networks, networking and IP distribution
Electrics, electronics, power and transmission
Software programming, computer graphics and databases
Audio and video signals and systems, processing and encoding
You will study towards a BEng in Broadcast Engineering taught at and awarded jointly by the Universities of Salford and Birmingham City. This will give you a world-class foundation in the theory of broadcast engineering.

You will have a main BBC base, but you will spend periods away on study or work placements. Through a series of academic modules and industrial experience we will prepare a new generation of Broadcast Engineers to help build and support the future of broadcasting. You’ll develop an excellent theoretical and practical understanding of operational and technical systems and equipment and their use in the fast-moving broadcasting industry. To start with you may be based in technical support teams, working on shift with teams responsible for fixing and maintaining studios and equipment. By the end of three years you may be working on projects. You will have a placement manager who will be responsible for your learning objectives and you will be assessed on each placement.

About you: As well as being passionate about how things work and solving problems, we want to hear from you if you’re an energetic team player and good with people. You don’t need to have any work experience but you will need at least 300 UCAs points which you can calculate on the UCAS website. Successful candidates will normally have studied maths and another science at A level (or equivalent), however candidates with a BTEC in a relevant subject or with good A levels and relevant experience may also be considered.

You’ll need to have done something that demonstrates your interest in technology. The scheme lasts for three years, starts in September 2014.
For the latest BBC Trainee Schemes information follow @BBCTrainees.

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