If you want a future in the audio industry, then we’re here to help!

Four Weeks For Your Future is our work placement programme and it’s designed to give you real-life, hands on experience in the audio industry. It’s our way of helping you take the first steps in your career or to expand your sound production knowledge.

This is a work experience placement like no other. It isn’t about making teas or doing the filing, you’ll be working alongside our team of talented Producers as they create a diverse range of audio content for Radio 1, Radio 2, 5 Live and more.

Week One
Across the first week you’ll be part of the BBC Radio 1 Life Hacks team, working as part of the live show and preparing the weekly podcast. This will mean you’re in the studio, researching topics and getting stuck into creating youth social action content.

Week Two
Then, you’ll join our BBC Radio 2 team and spend five evenings working on a live music show. From preparing broadcast-ready audio to witnessing what happens when the microphone goes live, you’ll be given a unique insight into what goes into delivering content for the UK’s biggest radio station.

Week Three
In the third week, your focus will shift to documentaries. There’s no live studio in sight! Instead, you’ll be working on a range of factual long form content for networks including Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

Week Four
Finally, you’ll swap music for speech and work alongside our BBC Radio 5 Live team as they deliver the Elis James and John Robins show and a range of podcast content. You’ll be at the centre of the action, researching content and editing audio to go on-air.

When are the placements?


There will be four Four Weeks For Your Future placements available in 2020, taking place in February, May, August and November. Exact dates will be discussed with successful applicants.

Do I need any experience?


Everyone in the audio industry has a different story to how they got where they are. That’s why Four Weeks For Your Future welcomes anyone with a passion for sound, whatever your experience level. You don’t need to have a relevant qualification or existing audio career path to apply. Just make sure you show off your passion in the application.

How old do I have to be?


Four Weeks For Your Future is all about helping you take the first steps in your career or expand your knowledge of the audio industry. That’s why it’s open to anyone over eighteen. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student at university or looking to change your career in later life, you’re very welcome here!

Where does the Four Weeks For Your Future placement take place?


We’re proud to be based at MediaCityUK in Salford, and this is where you’ll be working throughout your four weeks with us. There may be an opportunity to travel to London and experience a live show at New Broadcasting House, and if this happens we’ll cover your travel costs.

Is it paid and is it full time?


We’re a Living Wage Employer and we want to make Four Weeks For Your Future accessible for everyone. That’s why this is a paid placement. That means if you’re not near MediaCityUK you can use this payment to cover your travel costs and living expenses.

We also know that you can’t drop everything to come be a part of Four Weeks For Your Future, and that you may want to do this placement alongside college, university or other work. We’re happy for you to work four or five days a week, allowing time for your other commitments.

More details will be given to successful applications, and we’re happy to discuss the best way to make this placement work around what else is happening in your life.

How do I apply?


Applications for our four Four Weeks For Your Future placements in 2020 are open between October 14th and December 20th. To apply, you just need to fill out the form below. If you have any questions you can e-mail future@audioalways.com.