Applications for new mentoring and training programme introduced by BBC Studios opens today

Committed to developing and retraining the best talent both on and off screen, the BBC has introduced a new programme for disabled workers eager to get into the media.

And applications for places on the scheme open today (22 November).


Having already had great success with their Extend in News initiative, BBC Studios’ drama and comedy production departments have launched their own disability programme to mentor participants over a six-month period.

The programme is offering ten places to help with the development of disabled talent from across the creative industry, as well as supporting the career progression of disabled colleagues within BBC Studios.

Head of continuing drama, Oliver Kent will be leading the programme and said: “We need different voices and perspectives to inspire and develop ideas and support our vision of inspiring audiences. This is a key piece of work that will enable this to happen and ensure we create a pipeline of talent for the future.”


Committed to inclusivity in their organisation, BBC Studios have guaranteed that the next vacant researcher position on both BBC One drama’s Holby City and Casualty will go to a disabled person.

Other popular titles from BBC Studios include Luther, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear.

Ralph Lee, Director of Content, BBC Studios added: “In my experience, mentoring is one of the most effective ways of widening people’s networks and helping them develop their careers in the long term, so we are very happy to be supporting this scheme.”


The programme is open for both internal and external applicants and is part of the BBC’s wider commitment to drawing upon talent from around the UK, so it can support the BBC in properly reflecting and representing audiences and maximise its creativity.

Sound like your ticket to career satisfaction? Apply here.

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