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BBC Studios is looking for 15 researchers to join the second year of its Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme – including a new role working on narrative podcasts.

The 12-month training programme, which pays £32,000 over the year, is open to researchers withat least three TV credits and combines three bespoke training events per month and practical on-the-job experience within candidates’ chosen genre department.

This year, it is hoping to train up researchers as assistant producers in the following departments:

Factual Entertainment  Unscripted - Bristol (one role) & Cardiff (one role)

Natural History Unit - Bristol (three roles)

Documentaries - London (one role) & Glasgow  (one role) 

Factual Entertainment  - London (one role) & Glasgow (one role)

Entertainment  - Cardiff (one role), Salford (one role) & London (one role)

Science – Glasgow (one role) & London (one role)

Narrative Podcast -  London (one role)

The scheme places an active emphasis on underrepresented groups and was launched as part of BBC Studios’ ‘Inclusion Rider’ pledge for all new shows to hit a 20% target of on- and off-screen talent from a minority group.

Last year, it placed 14 candidates across these sites on shows including Top Gear, The One Show, Last Night of The Proms, Inside Culture, Imagine, Children In Need and Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure, which starts on BBC1 next week.

They undertook training in practical skills such as film-making, scripting and storyboarding as well as management skills including leadership and mental health awareness.

Applications can only be made for one location and are due by 13 February. For full details, click here

BBC Studios is hosting the following one-hour Zoom sessions to brief and answer questions about the scheme. For each, it is offering up to 100 tickets on a first come, first served basis. 

13th January (7-8pm)

18th January (1-2pm)  

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