Apprentice Broadcast Engineer
After leaving school, Jahangir wanted to work somewhere he could put his natural flair for diagnosing and solving problems to good use and have lots of opportunities to figure out how to fix things. He was tempted by medicine, but after volunteering at a TV channel he decided working in TV engineering and broadcasting was a better fit for him. “It was just something I could really see myself doing day in, day out.”
So, he applied for an apprenticeship with the BBC, which included getting a degree and doing work placements with lots of different BBC departments.
The BBC is the UK’s biggest public service broadcaster and employs over 20,000 full-time staff, as well as thousands of freelancers and part-time staff, running radio, music, TV and online channels for the UK and across the world.
Jahangir has completed apprenticeship, and now works as a Broadcast Engineer, in the team that is the technical support for the entire BBC output, including News, the World Service, and Audio and Music. “That’s a lot of running around if things go wrong!”
Broadcast Engineers make sure all the programmes are broadcast at the right times and to the same high quality – so they need really great attention to detail. Jahangir enjoys his job every day, and he wouldn’t ever change the choices he’s made. “I wake up in morning wanting to come to work and learn something new”.
One of Jahangir’s placements was working in New Broadcasting House, the beating heart of the BBC in central London. “That was a once in a lifetime opportunity – it was amazing to be there.”
Jahangir's career pathway
- 2013 Did work experience at a community TV channel, shadowing the engineering department
- 2014 Did work experience at a hospital, shadowing consultants and doctors
- 2015 Left school after completing AS-levels
- 2016 Began an apprenticeship with the BBC Engineering department, made up of seven work placement rotations. As part of this apprenticeship he studied for a BEng in Broadcast Engineering
- 2018 Finished his apprenticeship and became a full-time Broadcast Engineer