Broadcast engineers use their technical engineering expertise to design, build, fix and maintain studios, networks and other media equipment essential to production and post-production.
The fusion of creative intervention and technological innovation has created a world-class creative industry in the UK, particularly in terms of digital media.
The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and independent production companies lead the field in delivering technically complex television programming that is consumed across the globe. A recent example of this was the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and subsequent sporting coverage.
Playing a vital role in this industry, broadcast engineers work in teams using their technical engineering expertise to design, build, fix and maintain studios, networks and other media equipment essential to production and post-production. Their duties are wide and may include assessing and advising on the technical quality of pictures, sound and data broadcast to meet business requirements, diagnosing faults and responding to broadcast-critical failures as well as planned maintenance.
The higher apprenticeship in broadcast technology has been developed to enable apprentices to gain the technical knowledge and real practical experience required for their immediate job and future career. These will be acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job learning and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.
The apprenticeship has been tailored to fit the specific role of a broadcast engineer through a carefully selected blend of electronics, engineering and computer science modules that have been added to the experience of learning on the job.
As an apprentice, you will be employed by the BBC and undertake modular learning in a university setting, at both the University of Salford and Birmingham City University. Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship programme, you will gain a bachelors degree: a BEng in Broadcast Engineering (Hons) jointly awarded by both institutions.
The employer training and work-based elements of the programme are managed by BBC Technology and the BBC Academy, and apprentices are given placements at various BBC sites as well as with selected industry partners to provide experience of the private sector.
Successful applicants will need to complete the BBC selection process. You will also need to demonstrate that you have the necessary technical aptitude to become a broadcast engineer and the academic ability to successfully complete the honours degree. You should be passionate about how things work and problem solving, and be able to interact with people at all levels. You should also be prepared to work unsocial hours away from home.
Apprentices will be paid £11,500 p.a. for the three years of their apprenticeship.
Further information on broadcast technology higher apprenticeships can be found at Creative Skillset [new window].
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