BBC expands training contract scheme after successful first year

The BBC will recruit for more trainees following the successful introduction of its training contract scheme two years ago.

The broadcaster took on its first three trainees in 2015. For its next two intakes, it will increase that number to four.

It will open applications for trainees to start in September 2017 and September 2019 from 13 March. It will not take on new trainees in 2018.

Trainees starting in 2017 will be paid £28,000, rising to £32,000 in the second year. As before, four six-month seats will be on offer, all located in London, and are likely to be based in intellectual property; BBC Worldwide; and Commercial Rights and Business Affairs; along with a contentious seat on secondment with a law firm.

The BBC sent its first trainees to Fieldfisher and Olswang; however it has not confirmed if this will remain the case given Olswang’s forthcoming merger with CMS.

In addition to its training contract, the BBC has also launched a ‘Trailblazer’ solicitor apprenticeship that will allow school leavers to qualify as a lawyer after six years.