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The BBC is the leading broadcaster across the UK and has many applicants for just a small number of positions. Getting that prized position isn’t easy. Learn more about the recruitment process below.

The BBC Apprenticeship and Trainee Recruitment Process

It is unlikely that you will encounter all of these tasks so pay attention to the information you receive from the BBC careers department before you prepare for your assessments. 

BBC Apprenticeships and Training Schemes

If you are looking to begin an early career at the BBC, there are two entry routes through which you can apply. If you are currently in university and looking for work experience, the BBC apprenticeships are right for you. BBC training schemes are normally for graduates but pay close attention to the position requirements before you apply.

BBC Apprenticeships and Training Schemes

There are five main divisions at BBC open to apprentices and trainees and almost all of the divisions offer both trainee and apprentice positions. The divisions are:

  • Technology
  • Production
  • Partner Scheme
  • Journalism
  • Business - this division only offers an apprenticeship 

Before you apply, do your research! With so many options, make sure you find a perfect fit for yourself.

The following article outlines anything and everything that could come up when applying to the BBC. 

BBC Online Application

When you are ready to apply, the first step is to create a profile on the BBC careers website. You are able to upload your CV to the page which will automatically fill in the relevant information provided in your CV. You can also edit any information automatically added, including a personal statement about yourself. Following these basic details, you are given a questionnaire with 4-5 role-specific questions. These focus on your skills and work experience in the field. They are short answer questions, with a 300 word limit for each.

Some positions may ask you to complete an assessment as part of your application, usually a situational judgment test. Once you have filled out all of the necessary information and attached your cover letter, you can submit the application for review.

BBC Core Competencies

These are the very important skills that the BBC is looking for in you.

  • Analytical skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience

BBC Aptitude Tests

After you have successfully completed the online application form, you are sent an email inviting you to take the BBC psychometric tests. There are four tests, all from the Talent Q Elements series. They include numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning and situational judgment tests. Depending on the position you are applying for, you will be asked to take up to four different psychometric tests.

BBC Numerical Test

In this timed test, you are presented with different items of numerical data generally in the form of statistical tables, although you might come across graphs, ratios and other types of numerical computations. You have to answer various multiple-choice questions within a short space of time, typically 20 questions to answer with a 20 minute time limit. Practising these tests is your way of ensuring that you won't fall short when it really matters and you can do it with JobTestPrep’s TalentQ-style numerical reasoning practice tests.

Verbal Reasoning Test

In this part of the assessment you are given a series of approximately 20 questions of ascending difficulty where you have to read through a passage of text and answer a question directly related to it. This test evaluates your ability to identify certain pieces of information in a very limited time frame. Get ahead of the game by practicing with our Talent Q-style verbal reasoning tests.

Situational Judgment Test

Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) are used to evaluate your behavioural and cognitive abilities when introduced to hypothetical, work- related activities. Each candidate receives a test with situations particular to your position. You will have to assess each of the options and mark down what you think is the most and least appropriate actions to take. Practice tests can be a helpful way to get to know the question style and find the best way to answer the questions.


Abstract Reasoning Test

Logical reasoning or abstract reasoning tests look at how well you can draw logical conclusions based on non-verbal information such as shapes and numbers. Here you are given a sequence of matrices and must either work out the next shape in the pattern or choose the missing one. Matrices can be very difficult, but by practicing with our Talent Q-style abstract reasoning tests you can fully prepare yourself.

For certain IT based roles you may be given coding exercises as well.

If you perform well in these tests you will be invited to the BBC assessment centre.