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Company: BBC Cymru Wales
Apprenticeship Role: Production Office Apprentice (Factual)
Location: Broadcasting House, Llandaff, Cardiff
About the Organisation
BBC Cymru Wales is the nation’s broadcaster, providing a wide range of English and Welsh language content for audiences across Wales on television, radio and on our websites.
Based in Llandaff, Cardiff, BBC Cymru Wales’ Factual & Music department produces a range of programmes for both local and network television and radio including Crimewatch, Bargain Hunt, Coast, X-Ray, BBC Young Dancer and Composer of the Week.
What does a Production Apprentice do?
As a Production Apprentice you will need to be enthusiastic, hardworking, have good attention to detail and be an excellent communicator.
As part of the Production Team you will assist the Assistant Producer / Researcher / Production Co-ordinator in order to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the production.
Apprentices in TV and Radio production are expected to do a variety of tasks such as answering the phone, booking travel and accommodation, transcribing, providing admin support to the Production Co-ordinator and their team and of course, making tea!
You will be prepared to work long hours, be computer literate and be able to think for yourself.
You need the ability to organise, but also to work to direction and be motivated and enthusiastic.
You will need to clearly express your passion for television and radio production and show a genuine interest in the programmes we make and the industry in general.
This role can set you on the Production Management path, working your way up from Production Management Assistant (PMA) to Production Co-ordinator (PC) to Production Manager (PM) or it could lead you down the more editorial route, progressing from a Runner to a Researcher to an Assistant Producer/Director. The role offers an insight into both sides of production.
Examples of the jobs a Production Apprentice could do in future –
- Assistant Producer/Director
- Production Management Assistant (PMA)
- Production Co-ordinator (PC)
- Production Manager (PM)
What kind of person do I need be?
- Good communicator
- Shows initiative
- Good at taking direction
- ability to take direction and to work as part of a team;
- good communication and people skills;
- initiative and attention to detail
- the ability to work quickly and consistently meet deadlines
- comfortable working in a busy and pressurised environment
- the ability to drive would be an advantage in this role
- Teamwork – Highly effective team player; works for the benefit of the whole
- Managing Relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
- Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information
- Influencing and persuading – Ability to present sound and well reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change
- Planning and organising – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Priorities and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
- Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
- Drive – Demonstrates commitment, motivation and energy.
- Self Development – Demonstrates personal strengths and development needs, and continually seeks to improve performance by learning new skills and behaviours.
- Flexibility – Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.
Whilst working for BBC you will be completing a 12-month Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media.