BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, has launched the application process for its Assistant Producer Accelerator Program.
The initiative will offer 14 year-long contracts to researchers looking to “supercharge” their careers by becoming assistant producers.
Successful candidates will be provided with the best-in-class bespoke training and mentoring as well as a job placement in the genre in which they excel in order to make the career transition. Key genres will include documentaries, entertainment, factual entertainment, science and the National History Unit.
The scheme will offer placements throughout all BBC Studios Production bases from around the UK, including in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford.
Candidates from such underrepresented groups as the LGBTQ+ community, those with a disability, ethnic minorities, lower income groups, and different backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The application process will be open for seven weeks – closing on Jan. 31, 2021 – with an expansive outreach program and several open house briefings in the form of ‘Open Day’ Zoom sessions and one-on-ones. More information can be found here.
“BBC Studios Production is committed to developing and supporting stand-out talent and the Accelerator Program will be looking for applicants with a huge range of lived experience from all backgrounds across the UK who will ultimately enrich our output,” said Ralph Lee, BBC Studios’ director of content, in a statement. “By offering unique training and job security for a 12-month period in one of the industry’s most prolific content makers, we’re incredibly excited to help find and nurture the next generation of production talent.”