BBC Academy to train young job seekers via social media

New virtual BBC Traineeship to boost young people’s employability skills and confidence with a series of trail-blazing digital tutorials


Today, on the first day of National Apprenticeship Week, the BBC Academy launches the first ever traineeship to run exclusively on social media.

The ‘virtual traineeship’ is designed to help young people with limited work experience who may need a helping hand to get on the career ladder.

The programme was inspired by the BBC’s successful Make It Digital Traineeship which has seen almost 2,000 young unemployed people start an eight week programme of digital and employability training designed by the BBC Academy and delivered by Training Providers around the UK.

Over the next two weeks The BBC Academy will post video tutorials featuring peer to peer ‘Top Tips’ advice from young people who’ve already successfully got the attention of their employer.  Practical ‘how to’  training will cover advice on composing a job-winning application, selling your strengths  in the digital world, dealing with pre-interview nerves and how to nail tricky interview questions.

The launch was announced today at the BBC Academy’s ‘You’re Hired’ Creative Industries event, hosted by BBC Deputy Director, Anne Bulford, and presented by BBC News’ Reeta Chakrabati.

Joe Godwin Director of the BBC Academy said: “The traineeship will be a great help to anyone wanting to apply for our BBC Traineeships and Apprenticeships. But it’s not just for people applying to work in the media. It’s for young people everywhere who don’t have much experience of the world of work and who may lack the confidence and employability skills needed when it comes to securing employment. The BBC Academy wants to help give them a ‘leg up’ by sharing tips and advice on how to navigate the daunting world of applying for a job. Offering the training via social media means we’ll make all this available where young people are most likely to see it, use it and share it”.

Next week on March 13th the BBC Academy opens applications for its Production and Journalism Apprenticeships. They’re open to people right across the UK who have the  passion and raw talent to succeed.

You can follow the traineeship online from the BBC Academy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts under #BBCGetIn.