Journalist Apprenticeship Level 7

Type: Apprentice
Region: Scotland

Our apprenticeship schemes at the BBC give you the opportunity to kick start your passion into a job that you’ll fall in love with. At the BBC you can learn from the best and be trained by the best for a career in one of the world’s most creative and technologically-advanced organisations.

The Journalist Apprenticeship offers gold standard training for people already demonstrating their journalistic potential and looking to develop advanced journalism skills.

The role

You’ll study and learn on the job while working towards a Level 7 Apprenticeship and the industry recognised NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

  • Gain hands-on experience, creating quality news and sports content for BBC TV, audio, online and digital platforms.
  • Develop your journalistic skills, researching, writing and broadcasting news stories and features across topics including current affairs, business, politics, sport and culture.
  • Learn from and work with experts in the field at the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world.
  • And you’ll study for your industry recognised National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ), and a level 7 apprenticeship, learning both on and off the job.

Where does the role lead to?

This scheme starts in September 2024 on a continuing contract. The apprenticeship will typically lead to a role as a Journalist at the BBC.

What are we looking for

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over when the apprenticeship starts in September 2024
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK full time
  • Have Maths and English GCSEs at 9-4/A-C or National 5s (Scotland) at A-C or equivalent
  • Have been resident in either the UK or EEA since September 2021 (Not applicable for individuals under the statuses within EP350 such as Homes for Ukraine).

We’re looking for people in the early stages of their journalistic career who can demonstrate their journalism and storytelling skills in a variety of ways. You might be writing articles for a local or student newspaper or website, working at a radio station with news content, blogging, vlogging or creating social media content. You might also have the NCTJ Diploma or another Journalism qualification such as the Junior Journalist or Journalist Apprenticeship.

You’ll need to demonstrate you’re:

  • Already showing their journalistic skills
  • Are open and curious about people??and what’s going on in the world
  • Have original and creative ideas for ways to reach new audiences
  • Regularly read, watch and listen to news across all platforms
  • Flexible, motivated and have an adaptable approach to the pace of work.

Throughout the selection process, we’ll be looking for evidence of how you demonstrate each of the BBC’s values and behaviours. Our values inform everything we do. They define what you can expect from the BBC, and what the BBC expects from you. 

What you get

During your apprenticeship

  • A starting salary of £25,000
  • Industry-leading training through the BBC Academy? (involves travel to locations across the UK)
  • A dedicated Team Manager and Scheme Specialist to help with your development
  • Training by industry professionals
  • A 35-hour working week, 25 days of annual leave days and a defined pension scheme. Plus discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Towards the end of your apprenticeship

  • An industry recognised Level 7 Journalism apprenticeship (JAA24)
  • NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ)
  • A Journalist role at the BBC.

Next steps

Just don’t leave yourself thinking ‘what if?’ ? this is your chance to be part of something special. Think you’re the right candidate? Click on ‘Apply Now’!

Once you’ve set up your candidate profile you just need to complete the questions in the job specific information section on the application. We don’t require you to complete any of the optional sections or upload a CV or Cover Letter. We are looking for your potential to bring difference to the BBC.

If you are eligible for the scheme you will receive more information about the stages of the process and what to expect.

This advert is for Glasgow based office locations. Please note that you must live a commutable distance from the area you are applying for this apprenticeship in. This scheme is also being offered in other locations, please see the corresponding adverts if you wish to apply for these locations. Please only apply to one location.

Applications for this role/scheme are due to close on 20/11/2023. We may close applications for this role/scheme early if we receive sufficient applications ahead of the stated closing date. Therefore, if you are interested, we’d encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

Support with your application

Our ambition is that the BBC is for everyone and should include everyone. We are proud to be a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer, and committed to removing disability-related barriers.

We take inclusivity seriously and want to ensure all candidates who are disabled or have long-term health conditions receive the support and adjustments they need. If you require reasonable adjustments for the application process or have access needs you’d like to let us know about, please contact us on with the job reference in the subject and we’d be happy to have a conversation in confidence to discuss how we can support you through the process. The job requisition ID for this role is 9442 (JAA24). 

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