The BBC in the North of England is working with Screen Yorkshire’s Beyond Brontës diversity training programme to help train young people and support them to get jobs in the media. The collaboration will kick off later this month when a group of Beyond Brontës recruits from across Yorkshire are invited to spend time at the BBC’s Northern base at MediacityUK in Salford. They will meet news teams who work on local radio, regional TV and Radio 5 Live in Leeds and Salford as well as hearing how to get involved in the BBC’s digital teams across the North, who develop new tech such as the iPlayer and Sounds. They will also be invited into the Breakfast TV studio and sit on the famous red sofa.
This builds on the opportunities that the Beyond Brontës trainees have been offered at regional production companies since it launched in 2019. Beyond Brontës is focused on addressing under-representation and is designed to help 18-24 years olds from diverse backgrounds break into the media industry. Each year 50 young people are recruited onto a 12-month programme where they are offered bespoke training packages, mentoring and work placements at regional production companies.