Learning Waves Skillnet & BBC Radio Ulster Partnership 2017

About the Partnership

Learning Waves Skillnet is delighted to announce the continuation of its partnership programme with BBC Radio Ulster into 2017. The process of developing this partnership began in 2014 when Teresa Hanratty, Project Manager, Learning Waves Skillnet and Jackie Neill, Station Manager, BBC Radio Ulster met to discuss the idea. The partnership was formally agreed by the board of Learning Waves Skillnet and BBC Radio Ulster in March 2016. The partnership now enters its second phase with new opportunities available to Learning Waves members between March and June of 2017. The partnership consists of 4 main areas :

The BBC Insights Programme for Learning Waves members

The BBC Insights Programme offers Learning Waves members the unique opportunity to visit the BBC studios in Belfast. Successful candidates will observe how the BBC production team put programmes together such as The Stephen Nolan Show, Proms in the Park and many more. See below for details on how you can apply.  

Opportunities for BBC staff to train with Learning Waves.

BBC staff can access training programmes being offered by Learning Waves where places are available and courses are suitable. This will be agreed with the Learning Waves Project Manager and Station Manager in BBC Radio Ulster.

Access to BBC trainers and facilitators for Learning Waves members.

This will be agreed with Learning Waves Project Manager and Station Manager in BBC Radio Ulster.

Insights into Irish Independent Radio for BBC staff.

Staff from the BBC will have the opportunity to visit Learning Waves member stations with a view to learning how stations within the Independent Commercial Radio Sector operate in Ireland. Visits to stations will be set up in conjunction with the Learning Waves Project Manager.

BBC Radio Ulster Insights Programme

Opportunities Available and How To Apply

1 to 2 people to observe and meet the Stephen Nolan Show team.

1 to 2 people to News Online & Radio Current Affairs incl. Talkback & Good Morning Ulster.

1 person to studio area to be part of the continuity team who are a mix of announcers, audio assistants, mix music, play out pre-rec programmes and work with teams right across the schedule.

1 or 2 people to BBC Radio Foyle in Derry – a small station with a range of styles of programmes and big news presence and works alongside the main news service on BBC Radio Ulster

1 person to Arts to include Visualization & Filming

1 person to BBC Gaeilge for nightly magazine production in Irish

How to Apply

We are now seeking applications from those who are interested in participating in this programme. There are a limited number of places available in this round with additional places becoming available in Phase 3 during 2017.



The Application Process

Stations can nominate one person to participate in the programme, only one person from each station can be nominated for each category.

Station managers can nominate the person directly or allow all staff within the station to participate in the nomination of the person.

If you have participated in this programme in 2016 you are not eligible to apply in 2017.

Stations can use selection criteria when nominating a member of staff. Selection criteria can include the following :
> Position in the station
> Participation in training/network events since January 2015
> How you think the experience will benefit the individual and the station
> Will the participant be open to sharing their experiences with Learning Waves at events
> Stations must be willing to cover travel and accommodation costs for participants

Each participating station will select a member of staff and recommend them to the Learning Waves Board. The successful station participant will complete a short application form provided to them by their manager. Click here for application form.

A shortlist will be selected by committee members appointed by Learning Waves and final participants will be selected by way of a draw from the shortlist. Participating stations will liaise with the Head of Station in BBC Belfast to agree times and dates of visit. Applications must be submitted before 5pm on Friday 9th March, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after this date. Successful candidates will be notified by 23rd March 2017.