Sixth-form student lands BBC apprenticeship

Sadie Jacques cannot wait to get started with her BBC apprenticeship.  

A Barrow Sixth Form College student is celebrating after securing a prestigious apprenticeship with the BBC. 

The apprenticeship receives thousands of applicants and only takes on a small cohort of apprentices after rigorous exams and interviews. 

The 17 year old, who joined sixth form in Barrow-in-Furness from Chetwynde School and lives in Ulverston, Cumbria, was selected out of the thousands of applicants nationwide.   

She now can’t wait to start her BBC post-production technical operator apprenticeship in September at London South Bank University. 

The BBC post-production technical operator apprenticeship pays £19,500 plus £4,918 London & Jersey Weighting for individuals who have London or Jersey as their primary work base.   

The role typically leads to a permanent role as a technical operator, audio assistant or operations technician.   

“I feel shocked and speechless,” she said. “Only six people usually get in each year so it’s quite a lot to take in.  

“Thousands of people applied for this role and even to get through to each round I was shocked, so I’d recommend anyone thinking of applying to give it a go.”  

Sadie said she had a lifelong interest in the BBC and the media industry and found out about the opportunity in her college personal progress session.  

She also owes a “massive thanks” to her media tutor Chris Barnes for his help, support and encouragement.  

The Barrow Sixth Form College specialist media tutor was full of praise for Sadie. He said: “Sadie is an amazing student who has carved out her success by working hard in class and seeking out opportunities in the fast-paced media industry. We are all thrilled for her and can’t wait to hear how she gets on.”  

Applications for the level 4 apprenticeship at the BBC re-open in the autumn. 

If you’re interested in applying, visit the BBC’s technical operator apprenticeship page. 

Image source: Barrow Sixth Form College 
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