Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
Locations - Various BBC buildings across the Regions and Channel Islands
Opportunities available throughout October, November & December
Welcome to Work Experience opportunities across the regions within Radio. If you’re interested in Radio Production, Drama, Factual & Entertainment and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for all the regional radio networks including Radio Oxford and The Asian Network.
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of Radio across music, news, debate and entertainment. We aim to give you an introduction on how local, national and international programmes are produced from beginning to end. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air, and understand the production processes used in areas of Drama and Entertainment.
During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in.
The Ideal Candidate
What we’re looking for
We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In Radio we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.
We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.
We take our jobs seriously and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about Radio and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.
You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.
Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work.
We have placements available in the following areas:
Asian Network - Birmingham (over 18’s only)
Asian Network offers an opportunity to gain valuable programme making experience on various shows such as the Tommy Sandhu show and Raj & The Pablo Show.
Radio and Music Production - Bristol (over 18’s only)
The unit produces major Radio Four strands including Any Questions, Farming Today, Costing The Earth, Poetry Please, Great Lives, Ramblings, Soul Music, With Great Pleasure and A Good Read, plus dramas, readings and documentaries. You will get the opportunity to directly assist the team of production co-ordinators with administrative tasks. You will need a real passion for speech radio, an understanding of and enthusiasm for our output.
Radio Beds, Herts & Bucks, Three Countries Radio (over 18’s only)
You will gain experience working as part of a team on a wide variety of news and current affairs material for radio from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Radio Berkshire (over 18’s only)
You'll have the opportunity to; work closely with all our programme teams, set up interviews, record interviews, edit audio, write cues and general programme production tasks. Please demonstrate a passion for working within the broadcast industry in your applications.
Radio Bristol (over 18’s only)
You may get the opportunity to; work closely with all our programme teams, set up interviews, record interviews, edit audio, write cues and general programme production tasks. Please demonstrate a passion for working within the broadcast industry in your applications.
Radio Cumbria (over 18s’only)
You will gain an insight into researching, preparing and maybe reporting on a variety of news and programme stories.
Radio Derby (over 18’s only)
You will get an overview of the full range of roles within the radio station. You will spend time with news, sport, programmes and reporters. We will try, where possible, to tailor a placement to your interests.
Radio Drama - 'Home Front' - Birmingham (open to applicants 14 and over)
If you love listening to Radio Drama and are interested in our country’s history maybe this is the placement for you? A specially commissioned original drama is planned as the spine of the Radio 4 offer to mark the centenary of World War One over four years, with Home Front starting on Monday 4 August 2014. This is an exciting drama serial. You will get an opportunity to be mentored by our specialist team in all aspects of the work that they do from engaging in research, contracting talent, to timing the takes in studio.
Radio Essex (over 18’s only)
You will get an opportunity to overview BBC Essex’s news and programme operations. Your time with us may involve observing and shadowing, with some opportunities to take on specific tasks.
Radio Guernsey - Channel Islands Radio (October & December – over 18’s only)
Radio Guernsey provides an opportunity to watch the whole range of broadcast career opportunities that are available in local radio, television and online.
Radio Jersey - Channel Islands (over 18’s only)
This is a placement aimed at those students who have an interest in multimedia. You may get an opportunity to watch the whole range of broadcast career opportunities that are available in local television, radio and online.
Radio Leicester (over 18’s only)
You'll gain experience in setting up and recording interviews, editing audio, writing cues and programme production tasks.
Radio Lincolnshire (December - over 18’s only)
You'll get to experience working with news and programme teams doing basic research, taking phone calls, greeting guests and supporting presenters. Depending on programme requirements, there may be opportunities to develop basic interviewing and editing skills.
Radio Manchester (over 18’s only)
You will be paired with one of the many programme teams on station assisting with a number of key areas depending on whether your interests lie in News or General programmes. You could be recording vox pops and setting up interviews to taking calls from listeners and meet and greeting studio guests.
Radio Oxford (over 18’s only)
You may get an opportunity to overview Radio Oxford’s news and programme operations. Your time with us may involve observing and shadowing, with some opportunities to take on specific tasks.
BBC Introducing - Oxford (over 18’s only)
This is an opportunity to gain experience of working in a live music broadcasting environment over the course of three weeks, working on one week day and on a Saturday. You'll work alongside the BBC Introducing in Oxford team and will spend time observing and shadowing production staff, with some opportunities to take on specific tasks.
Radio Stoke (over 18’s only)
You will get the opportunity to work across the schedules both in the studio and on location to provide an all-round experience of work on a local radio station
Radio Suffolk (over 18’s only)
You will get to experience an overview of local news journalism and radio programming involving observing and shadowing, plus the opportunity to record and edit pieces their own pieces.
Radio Surrey - Guildford (over 18’s only)
BBC Surrey is pleased to offer placements to gain experience primarily with our flagship Breakfast Show that goes out each weekday morning from 6 until 9. You will get the chance to shadow our presenter and producers, along with the bulletins team and our Surrey reporter, who is deployed to stories across the county. Previous experience elsewhere (e.g. community radio) is an advantage.
Radio Sussex - Brighton (over 18’s only)
BBC Sussex is pleased to offer placements at its Brighton headquarters, across a range of programmes, including our flagship Breakfast programme. You will get the chance to shadow our presenters and producers, along with the bulletins team and our Sussex reporter, who is deployed to stories across the county. Previous experience elsewhere (e.g. community radio) is an advantage.
Radio West Midlands – Birmingham (over 18’s only)
BBC WM is offering a one-week placement for an enthusiastic applicant who can show evidence of a keen interest in working in local radio, knowledge of West Midlands and the station’s listeners and who is full of great ideas. The placement will include an opportunity to work in the newsroom, shadowing a news journalist, pitching his/her own story ideas, carrying out research, editing, working with programme producers – helping to set up guests, features and talking points and working alongside broadcast assistants in the studio.
Radio Wiltshire (over 18’s only)
You will have the opportunity to work with our news or program teams in a busy local radio newsroom serving the county of Wiltshire. You will see how bulletins are compiled and be able to shadow our reporters. You may even have the opportunity to produce your own audio for output on air under the guidance of BBC staff.
Radio York (over 18’s only)
BBC Radio York is North Yorkshire’s only countywide local radio station broadcasting to England’s biggest county. We cover some of the most historic towns and cities in the country as well reporting on life in a more rural setting. During your placement you will work alongside our team and gain experience in journalism, radio programme production and for those wishing to work behind the scenes the more technical aspect of the running of a radio station.
How to apply
Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.
What happens to my application after I submit it?
We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.
Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.