BBC and Pearson College launch new apprenticeship scheme for the business managers of the future

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The BBC and Pearson College have joined forces to launch a Higher Apprenticeship and degree programme for business management in the creative industries.

  • This is a unique opportunity for talented young apprentices to earn while they learn and get a high-quality university degree.
  • Participants gain both a Pearson College Business Management Degree and a Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship.
  • Work placements at the BBC will provide enviable experience of working at the heart of the media industry.
  • First degree-level Business scheme to be offered by the BBC.
  • Two-year scheme opens up entry to the brightest from all backgrounds.
  • Applications are open from 14 April until 4 May 2014.

The two-year scheme targets those without a degree and opens up entry into the creative industries to the broadest range of backgrounds.

Alongside teaching at Pearson College to understand key aspects of business – from management and leadership to business law – successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop hands-on experience through three placements within the BBC. These will take place within three of five areas: Television, Marketing and Audiences, Future Media, Policy and Strategy, or Worldwide.

The scheme provides a Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship incorporating a Pearson College BA (Hons) Business Management* degree with all fees paid, validated by Ashridge Business School, one of the world's leading business schools.

The BBC is a fantastic place to work and schemes like this enable us to bring bright and fresh talent into the organisation.

From my point of view as Commercial Director it is also an exciting time to be joining the BBC. With so much change in the Broadcasting world the Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn, gain knowledge, skills and valuable experience to launch their careers in the business world.

Bal Samra, Commercial Director BBC Television

We are excited to be working with the BBC on developing their first undergraduate Business degree. This is a fantastic opportunity to open up the creative industries to the brightest and best from all backgrounds.

This is the first collaboration of its kind between Pearson College and a major employer, building out our ethos of industry-focused degrees designed and delivered by industry and academics in equal measure.

As a FTSE 100 company with a long academic heritage, Pearson is uniquely placed to deliver the increasingly popular combination of academic and work-based learning that a degree within a Higher Apprenticeship provides.

Roxanne Stockwell, Principal of Pearson College

Today the BBC also launched the recruitment for a new 15 month Local Apprenticeship Scheme run by the BBC Academy in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton College. It will offer 45 local apprenticeships in BBC local radio stations as well as in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more on the BBC website

About the scheme

12 positions are available for a paid Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management based in London. This sponsored scheme incorporating a Pearson College BA Honours degree in Business Management is for two years at the BBC, starts at the end of September 2014 and ends September 2016 with a research module to complete in the following six months.

It includes three work placements with the BBC, while participants study towards the degree. They will attend college one day per week and will be expected to study in addition at home.

Participants will:

  • gain an honours degree in Business Management and a Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management
  • have their tuition paid for by the BBC and receive a monthly payment
  • build up an excellent CV to put them in a strong position to compete for jobs in the media industry post-graduation.

*subject to approval

About the BBC

The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain.

It provides services including 10 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website.

The BBC World Service broadcasts to the world on radio, on TV and online, providing news and information in 27 languages and world service English language.

About Pearson College

Pearson College is part of Pearson, the first FTSE 100 company in the UK directly delivering degrees.

The college's degrees are designed, developed and delivered in partnership with leading businesses and industry. They place equal emphasis on academic rigour and employer engagement ensuring our graduates are ready for the world of business. Pearson College students experience a new approach to learning so that every aspect of the programme resonates with the contemporary business environment.

Visit the Pearson College website

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