BBC to launch apprenticeship scheme to enhance 2012 Olympics coverage

The BBC is set to launch a new apprenticeship scheme tomorrow in a bid to enhance the broadcaster’s coverage during 2012 – which could include the Olympic Games.

It will run three one-year apprenticeship schemes in London until 2012, with 10 apprenticeship positions up for grabs this year in the BBC Vision Productions team, working in runner and production management co-ordination roles.

The announcement by the BBC comes as Apprenticeship Week draws to an end.

The BBC’s apprenticeship scheme will be used to open up career paths into the broadcaster and to dispel the idea that you need a degree to work there.

As the official Olympic broadcaster, the BBC hopes the new apprentices will develop the skills to support the coverage of the Games in London as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, also in 2012.

Lucy Adams, director of people at the BBC, said: “It’s really important to us that the BBC reflects the many different backgrounds of the people who make up our audience.

“This new scheme takes a significant step towards making entry into BBC employment more accessible and will help create a more socially inclusive workforce.”

The BBC 2012 London Apprenticeships training programmes will lead to a Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeship Level 3 qualification, equivalent to an A-level.

During Apprenticeship Week, Clinton Card Group announced the launch of a new accredited Retail Diploma, NVQ and apprenticeship programme, while B&Q doubled its apprenticeship intake for 2010 to 300 and extended the programme to external candidates.

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