BBC application/interview

17 April 2008 - 1:34am
Chicho

Hi
I was just hoping to get advice regarding a position I have recently applied for with the BBC.
It is a Production Trainee Scheme and there are 19 places in total. I have completed and submitted the online application and the closing date was 6th April.
What I really wanted to know is has anyone else applied for one of these schemes before?
How long do the BBC generally take to contact you for interview and do they contact you if you weren't successful?
And any information about what I can expect from the interview process (if I get one!!!:eek:)
Thanks

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  • 23 July 2012 - 12:00pm
    • swingdots

    Hi,

    I recently went through the BBC process and used these forums and others to try and get my head around it all, so figured I would offer some input now that I'm out the other side.

    I applied at the start of June (around the 1st - fairly close to the deadline). I heard back from them about 10 days later saying that I had been successful and was now to do the online tests (verbal/numerical). The verbal I was fairly confident on but I had to work on the difference between 'false' and 'cannot say'. The numerical was much tougher. I spent two days getting my technique right. In essence, it's not difficult maths, it's just long and repetitive, and the answers all have distractors in them. So you do the first part of the sum and that answer is one offered (and usually that's not correct). You need to get someone who is good at maths to talk you through the steps of an answer and then practice over and over and over again until you're hitting a good pass rate.

    So I sat those and about 3-5 days later learned I was successful and was offered an interview and assessment day. There were two interviews at this and a group task where about 10 of us were watched for 45 mins.

    About another week, maybe 10 days, I received another email saying I was successful and that somebody would be in touch about my final interview. Someone rang and told me I would have two more 30 minute interviews, which I did. About 3/4 days later I had a phone call telling me I was successful.

    I hope this helps! Good luck.


  • 17 June 2012 - 3:33pm
    • princess12

    Hey Dammy, did you get through the assessment centre? I've got a telephone interview for the same role.

    Can you help with some great tips? Any tip will be much appreciated. Thank you!!!!

    Hey DingDong, did you get through to the telephone interview stage?


  • 17 March 2012 - 8:47am
    • PitcherPerfect

    Hi Maria,

    I have applied for numerous positions at the BBC - all rejected before interview - and depending on the role usually hear back within one week to two months. It's typically under two weeks.

    However yesterday I found out that I have an interview/assessment for a position that's deadline was the 5th March. So that was 11 days.

    Best of luck with your job search.

    PP x


  • 20 January 2012 - 3:11pm
    • mariagomez

    Hi all,

    Do you know how long I shall wait to hear back from the BBC after applying? 12 days have passed now since the application deadline and I am starting to get a bit nevous! It's a possition at BBC Worldwide (non trainee or workexperience). Thanks!


  • 29 July 2011 - 9:13pm
    • tv66

    I have to say I think this whole process is a bit of a lottery now.

    There must be in excess of 70,000 people who have registered their interest at BBC North. Even with only a percentage "passing" the online assessment, there must be at least 40,000 in the "talent pool"

    I am quite staggered that the BBC Jobs website is stll accepting applications

    I completed the assessment in June 2010 and like probably 85% or more have not been mapped to any role or been invited to an interview

    I have seen a few externally advertised roles - applied - but been rejected

    I can't really see there being many opportunities and the whole process seems to have put a lot of people within the false impression they are going to at least get an interview

    When the BBC North website initially went live there was no mention that candidates, who "passed" the online assessment wouldn't get at least one interview - that was quickly updated when I guess they realised the huge amount of talent that were passing the assessment - maybe they should have made it harder!

    Anyway, to be honest, I've given up on ever being called, via this process

    I will continue to monitor the BBC external jobs website - apply as appropriate - and continue my networking

    Best of Luck everyone


  • 21 June 2011 - 9:42pm
    • bullgooseloon

    Hi everyone,

    Talk about being one of the last through the door - I have only just done the Journalism Assessment today and, like most people, couldn't say it was easy. so many of the answers were so nuanced, especially choosing the least beneficial action from the videos etc.

    Anyway, how do you know if you get into the 'journalism pool'?

    And also, from reading the board I gather that your CV is vital and that keywords in your CV are essential to progress or be chosen for interview etc - But what are the KEY words?

    Thanks for any advice, tips and a word to the wise on what to expect.

    Cheers, nick


  • 23 May 2011 - 1:50am
    • Dammy

    Hello Guys,
    I have been invited to the BBC Human resource Graduate Trainee Assessment Center, and i have been told that there would be a Group exercise, a Case study and an interview, what do you expect that i would face?

    • 12 May 2012 - 1:34pm
      • dingdong

      Hi just a quick message to Danny,

      I am currently applying for the same role for this year and wondered if you could shed any light on the process you went through? Hoping you were successful!

      Thanks!


  • 11 April 2011 - 8:33pm
    • bodger

    Hi everyone,

    I've started a new topic just for PTS 2011, as this one originally started in 2008 but there's a lot of recent discussion, so thought it might be better off in one new place!

    http://www.wikijob.co.uk/forum/media/bbc-pts-2011


  • 11 April 2011 - 3:12pm
    • dss502

    Hey guys, how is everyone feeling about the pitches? I am so nervous about it and it's only day 1 of waiting...anyone have any idea when we will hear the outcome?


  • 6 April 2011 - 5:48pm
    • ladyluck

    Well it does seem to be quite a mixture of universities so I guess everyone who didn't get through just has to persevere and do anything that will prove that they are passionate and who has gained experience in any way they can. In all honesty the competition is fierce. Good luck to all those who got through and see all the rest of you in next year's application with lots more expereience under our belts. :-)


  • 6 April 2011 - 5:39pm
    • ENichols

    I also had a months work experience with the BBC in the summer and I didn't know anyone else there, I did that on my own. With these schemes I really don't think it is a 'who you know' thing...not even the Uni you went/go to.
    Im currently at Bournemouth University which, for some reason, has a fantastic reputation within the TV industry, there are companies who look for graduates specifically from Bournemouth Uni. Even with that reputation, I know 5 people from my year who were unsuccessful...so I do think it is all down to how you sell yourself in your application and your success in the VRT.


  • 5 April 2011 - 4:56pm
    • Immortal38

    I reckon they got rid of over 75% of applicants. Imagine 5000 people applied (I reckon more applied) they have 1250 one minute pitches to get through, with note taking etc, it would take such a long time. I have a feeling that under 1000 are left.


  • 5 April 2011 - 4:45pm
    • Immortal38

    I got through, I went to Glasgow University. I thought I fucked my verbal reasoning test, I guessed about 10. I have however had a radio show for 3 years at uni and was a part of making short films. I think how you put your passion of your experiences across and the verbal reasoning test must have been weighted evenly.


  • 5 April 2011 - 2:12pm
    • Kaz2121

    To Ladyluck... maybe some of the work experience placements are given on a 'who you know' basis, but I got a month's work experience last year completely on my own. I didn't know anyone at the BBC. Around two months after submitting my application I received a call asking me when I'd like to start. I later found out there had been 53 other applications. So my point is do not give up!

    Also, I phoned the HR about the Production Trainee Scheme and they said they can't tell us how many people got through to the video pitch stage. I got the impression it was a lot though.


  • 5 April 2011 - 1:49pm
    • ladyluck

    Thanks for your input. I don't really think the verbal reasoning made any difference. I am sure everybody who fills the application out correctly gets put through to this. Then they really start looking at the applications. I wonder what the criteria is.
    Is it a case of which course you are/ have studied or is it more a case of having a great portfolio.
    I am not sure I believe it is either.
    I know that there was a stink about conservatives at a function, bidding for BBC traineeships for their children. I am pretty much convinced it is a matter of who you know. You only get on work experience if you know the right people or have the right name or go to the right university. And the work experience is what gets you through.

    I am giving up now.


  • 5 April 2011 - 12:48pm
    • ENichols

    I got my rejection through yesterday, and I go to Bournemouth University. I know 3 other people from my Uni who didn't get through and 1 person who did. There was also a 2nd year who got through, which seems a little pointless.

    I completely agree that the verbal test wasn't a fair way to assess, I applied for the PMA vision pool and that was a numerical test which was stupidly difficult, like harder than A level.

    • 5 April 2011 - 1:51pm
      • ladyluck

      A 2nd year student - Is he/she a superstar with a fantastic portfolio. What is theplan then. Giving up Uni for 18 months.


  • 4 April 2011 - 11:19pm
    • ladyluck

    Thanks for answering. It will be interesting to see which universities are gearing their students up best for BBC. I graduated from Stirling last year. The verbal reasoning was hard I admit but I didn't think I had done badly. It seemed to be geared towards business graduates though. Or maybe there is a mixture and its just the luck of the draw.


  • 4 April 2011 - 11:02pm
    • Dennislaw

    Manchester Uni. Pretty sure the Verbal Reasoning was my downfall. I think it's such a useless way to assess people, seems to have absolutely no reflection on real life.


  • 4 April 2011 - 10:35pm
    • ladyluck

    Join the club.

    Calling all results. As a matter of interest what university did you go to. Would like to do a survey. So anyone who got an acceptance or rejection I would love to know their uni.


  • 4 April 2011 - 5:48pm
    • Dennislaw

    Shit, just got a rejection!


  • 3 April 2011 - 8:09pm
    • Rigby

    @Immortal38: Good on you. Good luck with the video.

    But... Has anyone got a a rejection yet? I suppose I'll join the club as well since I haven't heard anything but, you know, still hoping and all that.


  • 2 April 2011 - 5:51pm
    • ladyluck

    No idea how many got through but I didn't get an e mail so I guess I am in the rejection club.


  • 2 April 2011 - 5:48pm
    • ladyluck

    @Kaz2121
    No idea how many got through, but I didn't get an e mail so it looks like I am a rejection.


  • 1 April 2011 - 7:38pm
    • Kaz2121

    Does anyone know how many people applied this year? Also does anyone know how many people got through to the video stage?


  • 1 April 2011 - 6:20pm
    • Immortal38

    I got an email saying:

    Further to your recent application, we are pleased to inform you that you have been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment process.

    The results are out.

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!


  • 1 April 2011 - 6:06pm
    • InfernO189

    Thanks for the update on twitter, have checked out their page and it just said now that emails will start to come through from 5.30pm.
    Still haven't heard anything!!!


  • 1 April 2011 - 5:29pm
    • Dennislaw

    I phoned and she said if we haven't got a rejection today, they haven't finished the shortlist. She said they'll send the yes and the no emails together... still hope! Anyone had a yes email?


  • 1 April 2011 - 4:36pm
    • ladyluck

    if we don't here today it looks like it will be a rejection e mail next week. YUK


  • 1 April 2011 - 4:34pm
    • ladyluck

    Everything crossed


  • 1 April 2011 - 3:48pm
    • AL_1986

    BBC Trainees has just tweeted "UPDATE: To add extra tension.. the successful emails won't be going out until the end of the day. Fingers crossed!"

    Looks like we have a little longer to wait...


  • 1 April 2011 - 3:15pm
    • InfernO189

    Has anyone received an email yet notifying them that they are through to the next stage of making a audio/video pitch? Its now the afternoon and I still haven't heard anything. I hope they let us know if we haven't been successful.


  • 1 April 2011 - 1:45pm
    • Dennislaw

    Yeah i'm waiting. I phoned up BBC this morning and they said they hadn't released the shortlist yet. They said either this afternoon or early next week. Seems to contradict what they told Purn- also, how come you've got an interview without doing the video pitch?


  • 31 March 2011 - 5:16pm
    • AL_1986

    I applied for the 2011 BBC Production Trainee Scheme and on 16th March I was invited to complete the online verbal reasoning test - I assumed all applicants were invited to do so?

    It says on the website if you are successful they will email you on 1st April (tomorrow) to upload a video/audio pitch. So fingers crossed for that email tomorrow! Any one else waiting?

    • 1 April 2011 - 12:15pm
      • ladyluck

      Got to do the verbal reasoning test too. Not heard anything else yet.. I think as long as you did the application form correctly with no spelling and grammar mistakes and put in your word count then you got through to the verbal reasoning. Has anyone heard anything since. Maybe today !!!


  • 29 March 2011 - 8:22am
    • ladyluck

    Congrtulations and thanks for the info., You must be really pleased. If they don't contact me today I will also call them up.

    On the production site it said there were stages to progress through: -
    application - then verbal reasoning - then a one minute video - then assessment - then an interview.

    Are they not doing all thse things. I haven't done anything apart from the application. Maybe the rejection e mail will come today..


  • 25 March 2011 - 8:17pm
    • ladyluck

    The production trainee scheme for 2011. Anybody heard anything. Anyone from last year able to give advice about the waiting.

    • 29 March 2011 - 12:58am
      • purn

      I rang BBC recruitment today after applying last month. They've finished short listing. I made it through! She told me on the phone so I've not had an email as of yet but said i should get one in the next few days! I'm terrified about the interview, truly terrified. Good luck lady luck!


  • 3 August 2010 - 9:51am
    • neilisme

    I'm a quite patient person but the amount of time I've had to wait for a response from the BBC has been painstaking. It's been six weeks since I applied for the BBC Audio & Music Production Talent Pool, and they said that the assessment centres would be taking place at the end of July/start of August.

    The thing is, they always, and I mean always, get back to you within three weeks, even if it's only in the shape of an automated rejection, but this time I've heard nothing either way so far.

    I'm applying for other jobs alongside this one, but seeing as the BBC is now virtually the only place you can get work in radio if you're not a presenter, there's a lot relying on this as the circle of opportunities to get a foot in the door is ever decreasing.


  • 13 July 2010 - 7:15pm
    • plinkyponks

    How long did it take between doing the assessment and getting the results of your assessment?


  • 8 July 2010 - 11:14am
    • neilisme

    Hello all,

    Seeing as this thread is on similar lines - did anyone else decide to apply for the BBC Audio & Music Production Talent Pool? The closing date was the 24th June and they said assessment centres will be taking place at the end of July or the start of August?

    Does anyone one know how long does it take for the BBC to reply?


  • 8 July 2010 - 10:39am
    • DS2104

    Anyone else heard about interviews yet?


  • 7 July 2010 - 3:59pm
    • Marquis De Martini

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    • Marquis De Martini

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    • Marquis De Martini

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    • Marquis De Martini

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  • 21 June 2010 - 3:42pm
    • jacob

    4000 people applied for the scheme. They were expecting 2-3000 which is why there was a delay in people finding out if they'd got through to the next stage.

    Of the 4000 people that applied, 100 people got through to the asessment stage and of that, around 25-30 people will be interviewed in London in July.


  • 14 June 2010 - 9:14pm
    • DS2104

    ?


  • 14 June 2010 - 5:14pm
    • jojojoloppy

    .


  • 11 June 2010 - 8:02am
    • DS2104

    How did people find the Manchester assessment centre?


  • 10 June 2010 - 5:57pm
    • Tomo778

    Anyone going to be at the Glasgow assessment?


  • 10 June 2010 - 5:23pm
    • starkers

    Ooh, also - does anyone know how many assessment days there are and how many people got through? x


  • 10 June 2010 - 5:23pm
    • starkers

    Hey, managed to get through to the London assessment next week - bit terrified. Anyone know what they're expecting or have any advice? Good luck to everyone!
    x


  • 8 June 2010 - 1:06pm
    • PitcherPerfect

    No. Might e-mail them now.


  • 30 May 2010 - 3:38pm
    • PitcherPerfect

    Hey I found at last week that I didn't get on to the assessment day. Sad face.

    Anyone heard from 4talent? It's been 4 weeks, shall I assume 'Non'?


  • 30 May 2010 - 3:29pm
    • jonlaurence

    I haven't received the details either.

    Jon


  • 30 May 2010 - 2:46pm
    • DS2104

    Has anyone received their second email with more details about the assessment day yet?

    I'm still waiting for mine, all I know is the date and the location.


  • 30 May 2010 - 2:27pm
    • magenta

    Also, who will I be meeting in Manchester then?! Jojojoloppy, you're going to Manchester, aren't you? Anyone else?... x


  • 30 May 2010 - 2:25pm
    • magenta

    Hi guys,

    Just wondering... what kind of preparation are you doing for the assessment day? It's so vague as to what we'll be doing, I have no idea what to prepare myself for, but feel I should being doing something! x


  • 27 May 2010 - 9:27am
    • JimmyMcNeill

    Thanks Epiq. Certainly some good advice, there's something out there for everyone...

    Hopefully.

    JMN


  • 25 May 2010 - 4:28pm
    • Epiq

    Hey guys, I've been following this thread and wanted to jump in and offer some advice. I applied for the runners pool a few months ago, and when I didn't get through the first stage after tense weeks of waiting, I was a bit gutted but I kept applying and a week or so after my rejection I got an interview for an amazing job in a company that rivals the BBC in terms of awesomeness. So basically, don't be mad at this, it was certainly very difficult to get in and just take your energy and use it to try other places. You will get something good of you just keep at it! (Though Im aware that I was really lucky to get mine so soon after, though I had been applying for 6 months previous to the BBC :P) hope this helps!


  • 25 May 2010 - 3:20pm
    • JimmyMcNeill

    I just joined the reject club.

    JMN


  • 25 May 2010 - 2:09pm
    • mongrel73

    JUST GOT REJECTED LITERALLY SECONDS AGO!!!! :L


  • 24 May 2010 - 11:41pm
    • harrietmacmillan

    Hello!
    I haven't had a response yet either. I emailed last week...they got back to me on Thursday and said nothing more than they were still reviewing applications. Here's hoping!


  • 24 May 2010 - 2:34pm
    • jonlaurence

    Hi all

    Just to confuse everything even more, I've been shortlisted for the scheme and my assessment day is in Cardiff. (I'm originally from Bristol, so that's not too nonsensical). Happy days!

    Jon


  • 24 May 2010 - 11:45am
    • mongrel73

    Yep, still waiting too. By the sounds of it, all the interviews they've given are in faraway, inconvenient locations. So maybe they've only sent out the people who look quite good on paper, but they basically don't like very much, and they're waiting to send out the proper acceptances.


  • 23 May 2010 - 8:42pm
    • JimmyMcNeill

    Still waiting...

    I think they are just going to give us unconditional offers next week - that must be why we haven't heard. Seems obvious to me. :p

    JMN


  • 22 May 2010 - 11:13am
    • jessieb

    I still haven't heard anything back! Well done everyone who has got in, this is a very long long wait and it's a little unnerving that they have already put people through for assessment days.

    I keep getting job updates from the BBC, new positions that have opened and every time I see one of those in my inbox my heart jumps for a second! I know there are a lot of applicants, but aching to know one way or the other!

    This also seems to be the only place this is being discussed, us trainee hopefuls seem to be a mysterious bunch, holding cards close to our chest and all that!

    fingers crossed and again, well done those of you who are in...show 'em what you've got! oh yea!

    J x


  • 20 May 2010 - 10:25pm
    • jojojoloppy

    -


  • 20 May 2010 - 1:15pm
    • RT6885

    Nothing from channel 4 yet, no.

    I'm doing an MA in TV Production having done an undergrad in languages after which spent a year in dead-end jobs to pay for the Masters. To be honest I was incredibly surprised to get through as I heard from a few sources that they really like taking raw talent and training them up regardless of experience in the media, which might have made my Masters study somewhat counter-productive. But I won't question it, and by the looks of things, successful trainees have come from pretty diverse backgrounds. But as I say, I think they're not looking for in-depth industry knowledge, rather raw creative talent and ideas generation / development skills that can be nurtured and then complemented with on-the-job technical training and experience working professionally within the industry.

    This is all speculation and I could be massively wrong, but I doubt they would invite more than 50 to each assessment, and probably wouldn't go less than 25. So I'd say there are anywhere between 75 and 150 candidates left. Not that I'm thinking about the competition of course...!

    Anyone else on the London assessment day? Best of luck everyone.


  • 20 May 2010 - 11:32am
    • PitcherPerfect

    I haven't heard anything either, oh boo. Oh well if it is bad news I'm really flattered to have not been culled as of yet!

    Anyone heard anything from Channel 4 yet?


  • 20 May 2010 - 9:53am
    • Tomo778

    Hi Guys, I'm through to the Glasgow Assesment Day. I'm a Media Graduate from Newcastle University. I've spent the last year working in Music, setting up my own management company and releasing the records of a band called Polarsets. I also work in youth work and community radio.

    I think what we need to find out is more info on what will happen at the assessment days. If their are three centers London, Manchester and Glasgow then I think there must still be a large number of people in the pool at the moment.

    Former trainees? People who have been rejected? Any info will be really useful.

    Tomo


  • 19 May 2010 - 10:39pm
    • DS2104

    I'm a student - just about to graduate. Doing English Language at King's College London.

    I don't like knowing so little about this!! I think it's safe to say there will have been around 2000-3000 initial applicants, but surely a *short*list from these isn't going to be that short. Maybe they just cull loads more at the assessment days.


  • 19 May 2010 - 10:22pm
    • magenta

    Also, what does everyone do? Students, media jobs etc...? x


  • 19 May 2010 - 10:16pm
    • magenta

    Hi guys! Congrats on getting through! I've made it through to the Manchester assessment day too. Woohoo! Yep, DS2104, got that same email. No idea what we'll have to do though, or how many people have been shortlisted, or anything else that's been asked! I would like to find out though, if anyone else has any ideas?...


  • 19 May 2010 - 9:46pm
    • DS2104

    I'm going to have to go up the night before. I've emailed them though, just to check they definitely want me up there.

    Does anyone know what sort of things we'll be expected to do at the assessment day? ....I presume everyone got emails saying the exact details are not yet confirmed and they'll send another email by the end of next week?


  • 19 May 2010 - 8:42pm
    • DS2104

    Also, does anyone know how many people get shortlisted?


  • 19 May 2010 - 8:40pm
    • DS2104

    I don't quite understand why my assessment day will be in Glasgow - I live in London!

    • 19 May 2010 - 8:51pm
      • RT6885

      I thought it was a case of where your current address is...but clearly not. A friend from another course at my uni has got through too, but he's going to Manchester and I'm going to London - despite the fact we live 2 roads away from each other in Cornwall! Must be done more or less at random. But Glasgow is a pretty wicked place - at least try and make a night of it when you're there if you can afford not to come back the same day!


  • 19 May 2010 - 8:18pm
    • jojojoloppy

    Have faith jimmy!


  • 19 May 2010 - 7:10pm
    • JimmyMcNeill

    Ohhh, people have heard! Nice one those who got through!

    Still waiting, not optimistic though... I figure the process goes a little something like this:

    1. Early rejections.
    2. Offers.
    3. Late rejections of those who aren't quite as awesome as those they invited. Maybe a few of these 'seconds' make it through if people don't want to come to the assessment day. But lets get serious - who wouldn't come to the assessment day!?

    Anyone else in this boat?

    JMN


  • 19 May 2010 - 5:45pm
    • RT6885

    Yeah got an assessment day in London in June...very happy! Best of luck to everyone waiting to hear!


  • 19 May 2010 - 5:01pm
    • jojojoloppy

    Me too heard back this morning,
    Assessment in Manchester....on to round two!!

    Congrats!


  • 19 May 2010 - 3:59pm
    • RT6885

    Got an email from the BBC this morning, so they're starting to get back those of us who remain in the mix. Anyone else?

    • 19 May 2010 - 4:37pm
      • DS2104

      RT6885 what did your email say?

      I have been shortlisted - have to go to an assessment centre in Glasgow! Bit out of the way! Kidding, I think I would go anywhere for a place on this scheme.


  • 16 May 2010 - 9:44pm
    • mongrel73

    Balls, mine too.


  • 16 May 2010 - 12:23pm
    • mongrel73

    "I wouldn't read much into the fact people have started getting rejections and that you haven't yet - it's probably because you applied near the end of the application window. HR are probably going through the apps from the top. It is ludicrously competitive. A friend managed to get onto the journalism trainee scheme - I think they take on about 20 people for that too, and they assessed 60. So if the PTS is similar there's a very good chance should you get to that stage!"

    You're probably right not to get hopes too high, but my sister got rejected on 5 May even though she applied at about 1 minute to midnight on the deadline day.

    Thanks @PitcherPerfect, I couldn't remember what they'd said and it didn't say much on the email. But it seems a bit strange that they'd decided by May 14th but are waiting until the end of the month to tell us...

    Out of curiosity, what did people give as their programme pitches?


  • 16 May 2010 - 12:11pm
    • PitcherPerfect

    They didn't say we would hear before the 14th, they said that they would be deciding between the application date and May 14th and that we would hear in late May. Chill your beans.
    Lol.... but I do get that it is frustrating.


  • 16 May 2010 - 12:11pm
    • PitcherPerfect

    They didn't say we would hear before the 14th, they said that they would be deciding between the application date and May 14th and that we would hear in late May. Chill your beans.
    Lol.... but I do get that it is frustrating.


  • 16 May 2010 - 12:08pm
    • mongrel73

    No news for me so far - what's going on?? Have any of you guys heard?


  • 14 May 2010 - 5:25pm
    • RT6885

    Haha you wouldn't be the only one daydreaming of such things!

    I just bit the bullet and called up to find out what's going on.

    Apparently the applications are still being reviewed at this stage, and the HR team said they couldn't give an estimate as to when we may find out because the scheme was even more heavily subscribed this year. I also suggested they update their Production Twitter account saying we probably wouldn't hear by the end of the day, as it currently states that we should hear by May 14th.

    I'm starting to embrace the 'no news is good news' motto, but if it is indeed a rejection I receive , then I wish I could have got it along with everyone else last week! This waiting game is painful! I suspect they contacted people for flat rejections and are possibly now going through a 'maybes' pile...but again, this is just my brain going into overdrive and coming up with possible explanations!

    This is going to be a very nervous weekend. R


  • 14 May 2010 - 4:48pm
    • jojojoloppy

    i have started daydreaming about being on the scheme....this is a bad sign!!!


  • 14 May 2010 - 4:45pm
    • jojojoloppy

    nope nothing,
    am getting a bit manic now... arghhh

    think i had built myself up to thinking i would find out either way today....

    im going to brave it out over the weekend, and if still nothing i am phoning on monday to demand an explantion ---- more like politley enquire as to the status of my application... haha

    i reckon they will have been inundated with applications and its taking longer than anticipated to sort them out...

    i am taking the motto no news is good news on board!


  • 14 May 2010 - 4:14pm
    • RT6885

    @jojojoloppy:

    Any news from the BBC today? I've still heard nothing.


  • 14 May 2010 - 12:47pm
    • RT6885

    I know, I hate this waiting game! I can't concentrate on my work, hitting the email bookmark every time I navigate to another page...aagghh!

    The TV Production Course is at University College Falmouth and is a broad course that covers every aspect of modern television production such as media law, production office skills, research, development, commissioning, directing, lighting, camera skills, studio & gallery work, sound, editing and after effects. Basically you learn all these skills to a basic level in the first term, then you naturally focus your work on any number of these disciplines; basically, if you're proactive then it's a great course because you have access to highly experienced tutors and technicians who have worked in the industry, but if you don't make the effort then you lose out and the masters will not be value for money.

    Falmouth also offer courses in Multimedia Broadcast Journalism and International Journalism. They concentrate more specifically on the technical and presentational skills needed by modern freelance journalists, but the courses seem more structured than TV Production and if you really want to be a presenter or correspondent then it's much better than the TVP course. If you want more info, go to famouth.ac.uk or find me on facebook (Rufus Tanner) and I can tell you more.

    Generally speaking I've found that a media related masters does not put you at a massive advantage when applying for schemes such as the BBC PTS or Channel 4 PTS (basically the golden entry jobs) but does help you in approaching production companies with confidence, and obviously having a showreel of work you will have produced over the course of the masters is a very good way of starting conversations with industry professionals.

    Hope you hear soon! R


  • 14 May 2010 - 12:47pm
    • RT6885

    I know, I hate this waiting game! I can't concentrate on my work, hitting the email bookmark every time I navigate to another page...aagghh!

    The TV Production Course is at University College Falmouth and is a broad course that covers every aspect of modern television production such as media law, production office skills, research, development, commissioning, directing, lighting, camera skills, studio & gallery work, sound, editing and after effects. Basically you learn all these skills to a basic level in the first term, then you naturally focus your work on any number of these disciplines; basically, if you're proactive then it's a great course because you have access to highly experienced tutors and technicians who have worked in the industry, but if you don't make the effort then you lose out and the masters will not be value for money.

    Falmouth also offer courses in Multimedia Broadcast Journalism and International Journalism. They concentrate more specifically on the technical and presentational skills needed by modern freelance journalists, but the courses seem more structured than TV Production and if you really want to be a presenter or correspondent then it's much better than the TVP course. If you want more info, go to famouth.ac.uk or find me on facebook (Rufus Tanner) and I can tell you more.

    Generally speaking I've found that a media related masters does not put you at a massive advantage when applying for schemes such as the BBC PTS or Channel 4 PTS (basically the golden entry jobs) but does help you in approaching production companies with confidence, and obviously having a showreel of work you will have produced over the course of the masters is a very good way of starting conversations with industry professionals.

    Hope you hear soon! R


  • 14 May 2010 - 11:07am
    • jojojoloppy

    I must be very impatient....

    still nothing....

    I am willing my email to produce....but to no avail!

    RT6885, where is your tv prod course? I have been looking into journalism post grads , but it is certainly the production route that interest me the most.

    oh when will we hear!!!


  • 13 May 2010 - 1:46pm
    • RT6885

    Yup, I'm going to my email every 5 mins too! I'm doing an MA in TV Production...I've found it very useful and has given me a lot of confidence to apply for schemes such as this BBC Production traineeship...although I'll only find quite how useful it will ultimately be when/if I manage to land a job in the industry! Let me know if you want some more details about the course. And if you hear from The Beeb today/tomorrow let me know!


  • 13 May 2010 - 1:11pm
    • jojojoloppy

    ditto that....just sick of manically checking emails on a daily basis...

    thats the other option for september if i dont get on, start an MA...let me know how you get on with the phone call...

    I think it must be a good thing we havent heard yet...right?!? (fingers crossed **)

    Good luck!!


  • 13 May 2010 - 12:58pm
    • RT6885

    I'm still waiting too and pretty nervous about it! I'm doing an MA and the 4 others from my course who applied got rejection e-mails last Thursday. I don't really know if that's significant, but don't worry Joanne, you're not alone! I'm going to phone in tomorrow if I haven't heard by the end of the day. Best of luck everyone! R


  • 8 May 2010 - 12:12pm
    • JimmyMcNeill

    Wow, this must be the only place on the entire internet this is being discussed!

    Has anyone heard yet? I made the application back in April and still have heard nothing...

    "Hey love, A few friends of mine got rejections this morning... promising?"

    /\ love this... My friends got rejected, awesome! Seriously though it does kinda bode well for those left!

    JMN


  • 5 May 2010 - 11:34am
    • MissPitcher

    As did I. Time to start submitting my proposal to other channels i thinky. Good luck! Please do let me know if you get an interview!


  • 5 May 2010 - 11:20am
    • PitcherPerfect

    Hey love,
    A few friends of mine got rejections this morning... promising?

    • getting tense*

  • 29 April 2010 - 6:34pm
    • MissPitcher

    Cheers. I did have a look at it but wasn't sure about them. Will check it out again. Will let you know as soon as i hear anything, you let me know if you do! Good luck!


  • 29 April 2010 - 6:16pm
    • PitcherPerfect

    Have you applied for any of the Channel 4 Production Schemes, they're based at individual production companies rather than c4 but they do look really good. Apps close tomorrow.

    Here's the link:

    https://jobs.channel4.com/pages/default.aspx

    Let me know as soon as you hear anything!


  • 29 April 2010 - 5:21pm
    • PitcherPerfect

    Yea I thought there would be more on student forums and such but you are the first person I've found.

    I applied for work experience at the BBC last year, and I found out pretty quickly that they didn't want me, which gives me hope now. But the longer the more painful it is!

    I am very sure they will send an e-mail of some kind.

    Are you at uni? What degree do you have? I'm a bit worried that I will be competing with loads of media students, when I only have English lit which is a bit useless.

    Best of luck, we can panic together!

    • 7 July 2010 - 3:56pm
      • Marquis De Martini

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    • 29 April 2010 - 6:06pm
      • MissPitcher

      Hurrah finally someone in the same pain as me! That does sound promising. Yeah I'm graduating this year (I'm 22) I took Drama and Theatre studies with Comparative literary studies. I kinda focused my course on direction and production management and journalism within the English bit of it. I reckon that English is a lot more relevant that some of the degree some people applying will have. There will be a lot of media students but there may well also be a load of applicants who are only interested in trying to get on TV! I saw there is some kind of facebook group about it (if you search for bbc production trainee scheme) but i requested to join it a few days ago and I still haven't been accepted so it may have been set up ages ago for a different scheme.


  • 29 April 2010 - 5:06pm
    • PitcherPerfect

    Hey MissPitcher, have you heard anything yet?

    • 29 April 2010 - 5:17pm
      • MissPitcher

      I haven't yet. I mean I know they must have so many applications to go through. I think they had over 3000 applicants last year or something along those lines. Its incredible. Have you applied for it and heard anything? I'm not sure how they contact you - whether by phone or email. Also I had thought that if they were not going to give you an interview then they would send you a rejection email or something. A friend of mine said they might not contact you at all if they're not interested though which made me a little more concerned. I've scoured the internet for any information regarding whether or not they've contacted anyone yet but alas! It has been to no avail.


  • 23 April 2010 - 1:09pm
    • gossipgirl

    For one runner application we had recently, 400 people answered the call. That was a lot of CVs to sift through.. I would say hold on, as if you miss a call, someone else will be booked in for an interview instead of you.


  • 23 April 2010 - 1:07am
    • MissPitcher

    I applied for the production trainee scheme this year - the closing date was the 29th March and I haven't heard anything. The website said they are shortlisting between 30th march and the 14th may so i know I still have a week or two to go but is it a positive thing I haven't heard anything? Would they have already contacted me if my application had already been looked at and discarded? I guess I'm just really nervous as this job would be a fantastic opportunity but as I am graduating soon and have no contact hours or exams to do before graduation i can only wait so long on this position before I will have to look elsewhere. Is it worth phoning them or does that give the wrong impression?

    Thanks for any help! I'm a newbie to the world of graduate jobs!


  • 1 March 2010 - 12:56pm
    • umbongo umbongo

    @gossipgirl

    thanks for the advice, I was worried my lack of experience would stop me from breaking into the business, but I am definetly willing to pay my dues to get where I want to be in TV.


  • 28 February 2010 - 10:12pm
    • Epiq

    Some great advice there gossipgirl, and even though I haven't applied for this (yet!) I can honestly answer all those questions positively. I have wanted to work in TV for so long, and I'm finally starting to make ground towards it and cannot wait for the challenge!


  • 23 February 2010 - 4:18pm
    • umbongo umbongo

    I have an assessment and panel interview next week, so nervous! Any tips?

    • 28 February 2010 - 1:24am
      • gossipgirl

      @Umbongo umbomgo

      I went to an assessment day and two interviews for ITV and was successful, so I expect it to be similar:

      Be YOURSELF and always be honest - if you ever lie or exaggerate then you will be sussed out!

      Why do you want this job? Do you really watch BBC programmes? If not, then I wouldn't bother applying...

      If you have a favourite show, what is your favourite bits? And don't be afraid to criticise too.

      imo, the mentality is more important than your knowledge and qualifications.

      Are you a confident and sociable person? Media production is always about TEAMWORK, not individuality.

      Are you willing to do the most mundane boring repetitive jobs for a year? They're not going to let you direct or touch the cameras on your first day..

      Are you after money? If so, choose banking or even sales - media production doesn't pay well.

      Can you handle pressure and stress? You make a mistake, you may be shouted at and you won't be getting a second call for the next job.

      How committed are you? Are you just planning to make it to work at 9am and clock off at 5pm, or be the last one to leave the office? Out of these two options, one of them will make you shine in the producer's eyes.

      One more important tip:

      Never give up.