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30/10/2002

BBC to double intake of engineering & technology graduates

The BBC have announced that they are to double the number of places available on their engineering & technology graduate trainee scheme, despite the falling numbers of science, engineering and technology (SET) graduates in the UK.
The expansion of the scheme is in response to the rapid growth and diversification of the media industry. As a result, the BBC - who are about to start their annual university milk-round - is looking for over 70 graduates to join the engineering & technology trainee programme next year.
It will be aiming to attract a diversity of people to become BBC engineers, including more women and more graduates with arts backgrounds, as well as SET graduates.
Jenny Abramsky, the BBC's director of Radio & Music, said: "Although the number of graduates with engineering and technology degrees is falling, the demand for people with those skills - particularly in the media industry - is greater than ever before.
"But engineering isn't just for people with science or technology qualifications; some of our best Radio & Music broadcast engineers were designers, painters, linguists, philosophers or mathematicians before they came to the BBC."
Those who are accepted for the two to four-year development scheme will receive a mix of expert training, led by some of the media-world's leading authorities, plus practical hands-on experience. This will include working on many of the BBC's flagship programmes and initiatives.
"The BBC is an organisation that changes and develops all the time; always
with the aim of better reflecting its audiences' tastes, their interests and their diversity - not just in programme content, but in the people it
employs, best in the world, and we want to attract the best to join us."
For further details contact BBC recruitment on: 0870 333 1330 quoting reference 57266.
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