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BBC World Service Languages Future Voices Trainee Scheme 2017

Application Deadline: July 24th 2017

The World Service is one of the world’s leading news broadcasters – we are currently available in twenty-nine languages, including English. The World Service Group, all the international parts of the BBC, has a weekly audience of over 346 million people around the world.

The BBC reports from more locations than any other international broadcaster, and increasingly we are training up bilingual reporters, who can bring us the story in English and another language. We are trusted and respected by our audiences, and we’re a multi-media broadcaster, on radio, TV and digital.

World Service Languages has TV bulletins in eleven languages in addition to its long-established Persian and Arabic TV channels. We are a dynamic, ambitious, challenging news organisation bringing the world’s stories to BBC News, at New Broadcasting House in the heart of London.

Role Responsibility

The Scheme:

We will give you the chance to experience life at the BBC as a journalist, including what it is like working in two languages – English and one other of the World Service languages listed below.  You don’t do not need any journalism skills before you start but you must be interested and able to demonstrate that. We will give you training in radio, TV and digital journalism.  You will spend time in the relevant language service within World Service, and in other parts of BBC News.  You will meet a whole range of people here, from bilingual reporters, producers, editors, presenters, camera operators to online and social media journalists.  You will come out with a good idea of the wide-ranging journalism that goes on at the BBC World Service and other parts of BBC News. You will have a mentor during your work experience, and we will do our best to make it interesting and productive for you.

The Ideal Candidate

  • To participate in the scheme you must be fully bilingual in speaking, reading and writing in both English and one of the following languages:
  • Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kyrgyz, Farsi, French for Africa*,Hausa, Indonesian, Pashto, Russian, Sinhala, Somali, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese (Please note: We would expect any French for Africa candidate to have significant experience of living in Francophone Africa and expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa).
  • In addition to this we have one placement available for someone to spend time with our English for Africa services. This person would need to have extensive experience of and expertise in sub-Saharan African news, culture and current affairs. Ideally they would speak another African language not listed above and be able to provide insight into a region of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • You will  be able to speak, read and write fluently in both of your two languages. You will be passionate about international news, be interested in the world you live in both in the UK and abroad, and keep up with the news. You will also be familiar with the BBC World Service.  You will be a great communicator, curious and questioning, and good at getting your message across.
  • You must be over 18, and, to get the most out of your time here you should be available to attend every day Monday-Friday for the dates stated. The scheme takes place at New Broadcasting House in London. We want you to have a great experience with us, so from day one you will get to experience working life on our programmes, and how our journalists contribute and develop ideas, as well as how they work in two languages.
  • This scheme is open to people from all backgrounds and from every corner of the UK. We are looking to tap into the second generation diaspora experience within the UK and we welcome applications from BAME candidates.


  • BBC are running a short trainee scheme based in BBC World Service Languages and BBC News from September 4th to October 13th 2017 inclusive.
  • The Scheme is based at BBC’s New Broadcasting House in London.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BBC World Service Languages Future Voices Trainee Scheme 2017

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