“You’re hired” – BBC apprentice hub launches in Birmingham

An apprentice hub has been launched by the BBC in Birmingham to help more people get work in the creative sector.

The BBC – home to hit TV show The Apprentice – is opening up more opportunities for people to get their dream job in the media.

The BBC will part fund the apprenticeships while Google will fund all training costs for apprentices when they are placed in local organisations.

The corporation wants to hire 1,000 apprentices by 2026 and recruited 200 in January in roles such as journalism.

Lord Alan Sugar, the star of BBC One’s The Apprentice, said: “These are great opportunities for people to get world-class training and progress their careers. And the good news is you don’t have to face me in the boardroom but you do have to be ambitious and want a career in the creative industries. The BBC’s Apprentice Hub in Birmingham will develop the kind of skills that are much needed in the creative sector in the city and the wider region. I’d urge employers to get involved.”

Director-General of the BBC Tim Davie said: ”The creative sector is growing. That’s great news for the West Midlands where there are real opportunities. I’m pleased to welcome into the BBC, 200 apprentices who started last week. I’m thrilled we’re going to be working with employers across the Midlands. It’s an exciting time.”

The BBC is working with Create Central, the West Midlands’ creative development agency, to find employers to take on apprentices.