Apprenticeship at the BBC

Job Introduction

This is a fantastic role for a new Apprentice Runner to work on interactive content and websites on both CBBC & CBeebies for BBC Children’s.

BBC North is delighted to launch another of our entry-level apprenticeships. These are opportunities for those who have left formal education and not gained anything higher than A Levels or equivalent qualifications. It is a great route of entry into the BBC. Our Apprenticeships combine college learning with full time paid jobs.


BBC Children's is committed to offering the best cross-platform and on-demand service for all UK children, providing a trusted environment which is enriching, enabling and relevant to the under 12's. Our content seeks to entertain, inform and empower children, adding real value to their lives.


CBBC is the BBC’s multiplatform offering for 6-12 year olds bringing the very best drama, entertainment and factual programmes to its young viewers. CBBC is the most-loved and most-watched channel of children in its target age group. Almost a third of children (6-12) consider it one of their favourites and over a third tune into the CBBC channel each week.


CBeebies is dedicated to delighting and surprising its young audience and it remains the UK's most watched and most loved channel for the under-sixes. New shows this year include Tree Fu Tom together with new episodes of the popular series Mr Bloom’s Nursery and Rastamouse. The CBeebies website and apps are also hugely popular with our young audience and their parents and helps extend the ‘learning through play’ philosophy.

Role Responsibility

A Runner in the BBC Children’s Interactive team is expected to assist the production and publishing of excellent content by contributing technical, editorial and administrative support to our web production teams.


Typical duties would include contributing to BBC Children’s web pages, manipulating images for the website, working on the department’s Content Management System, video and audio editing, writing promos, engaging with audiences through social media and collating audience feedback. This role would be ideal for anyone with an interest or any experience in web site production or image manipulation software (such as Photoshop), and with an awareness of the factors that affect web usability.

The Ideal Candidate

What are the entry requirements?

  • Anyone who is 18 years old or over is eligible to take up this position when it starts.

·         You must live within the North West area and be able to travel to MediaCityUK, Salford.

  • Anyone with - or without - GCSEs or A levels is eligible to apply. In fact you may not even have a GCSE qualification in English and Maths (A-C) but you’ll need to be able to work at this level.
  • You are not eligible to apply if you already received or are currently working towards a Level 4 equivalent qualification or higher level qualification (i.e. Level 4 apprenticeship, degree or foundation degree) and above.
  • You must have the right to work in the UK. We will not accept applications from you if you require a work permit.

Please ensure that you read the attached documents at the bottom of this page BEFORE applying.


You'll need to demonstrate a passion for websites and working on interactive content, and an awareness of how children use the internet. You will need to be aware of BBC Children’s online output and content eg. Website, games etc. You should have a strong eye for detail with good creative and organisational skills. An awareness of how HTML and Photoshop are used is desirable. You should be able to use systems and adopt new technologies as required.


Also important are effective written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to gaining an apprenticeship qualification in Interactive Media and completing related work.


You will be based at our location at Salford Quays. When you've completed your apprenticeship, you'll not only have had valuable work experience to help you get started in your career, but you'll also have a chance to apply for a permanent position at the BBC

Package Description

Interactive Runner Apprentice, BBC Children’s – 2 positions

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

For role description and other documents
get in touch with Myrthe on / 074 8310 5258.