After leaving school Jahangir wanted to work in some form of diagnostics. Medicine was tempting, but he decided his passion was with engineering. Now he’s doing a BBC apprenticeship which includes a sponsored degree and multiple work placements.
It was while volunteering at a community TV channel that Jahangir realised his vocation. “It was just something I could really see myself doing day in, day out”.
He is now completing a ten-week placement with the BBC’s engineering team in New Broadcasting House, while also studying towards his broadcast engineering degree. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity – it’s amazing to be here”.
The team provides technical support across the entire BBC multi-platform output for News, World Service, Audio and Music. “That’s a lot of running around if things go wrong!” he admits.
Jahangir believes that technology offers great opportunities for career progress – and he really enjoys it. “I wake up every morning wanting to come to work and learn something new”.
Jahangir - Career Pathway
Work Experience at a community TV channel, shadowing engineers
Work experience at a hospital, shadowing consultants and doctors in various departments
Left school having completed AS Levels in Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology as well as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
2016 BBC Engineering Apprenticeship which consists of 7 work placement rotations across Radio/TV, Production System and Operational Support, working at the BBC, ITV, BFBS, Arqiva, CNN and Babcock
Stats - Broadcast Engineer
Full Time Employed: 9,904
Part Time Employed: 92
Self Employed: 2,747
Total Employed: 12,743
A broadcast engineer works with hardware and broadcast systems that are used across television, radio and new media. They make sure that programmes are broadcast on time and to the highest level of quality. As well as operating and maintaining the systems, they also carry out updates and repairs.
TV, video and audio engineers
TV, video and audio engineers service and repair domestic television, video and audio appliances.
Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.
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