BBC People with Disabilities in Tech Event 

Thursday 17 December 2015 | 15:00-19:00

Quay House, MediaCityUK, Salford



This free event – which offers a great opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at the various applications of technology at the BBC – is aimed particularly at those who have tech skills, qualifications or experience and whom also have a disability. It’s a networking, development and recruitment event to help attract more disabled talent to roles in BBC Digital.

If this sounds like you then you can apply for a place at the event using the email below, please read on for full details.

About BBC Digital

It’s the team that designs, develops and runs BBC online services including iPlayer, the Red Button and BBC websites. We also have responsibility for the creation of apps and games for teams including Sport, Children’s, News, Learning and myBBC.

BBC Digital makes some of the most well-known, popular and high-quality online products and services in the world and the statistics speak for themselves:

  • is the biggest UK based website globally
  • The BBC Sports App is the most downloaded sports app in Europe
  • BBC Online & Red Button reaches 31m people every week
  • BBC is the most shared Twitter publisher in the world

Our Search for Technical Talent

Designing and building products requires the best digital talent and they are currently recruiting for technical roles in London and Salford.

If you are an engineer, tester, developer, UX designer (or another of the tech roles mentioned in the list below) and you are interested in hearing more about their work – with a view to joining the tech community at the BBC – then they would love to hear from you.

Please come along on the afternoon and evening of Thursday 17 December where you will have the opportunity to meet the hiring managers and hear more about their Digital products and teams.

This event will include additional details on the roles available but for general information on current vacancies please visit the BBC careers website. You might also be interested in our apprenticeship and traineeships – again these will be spoken of on the day but you can also find details about the Get In days on line.

Event Details

The evening will give an introduction to BBC Digital and BBC Engineering to include:

  • Quick-fire presentations about the work of the different teams
  • The chance to spend time in the Blue Room (a media demo lab which showcases the tech shaping the future of digital media)
  • Time to visit a Digital exhibition area (where you’ll be able to watch some demos and ‘have-a-go’)
  • The chance to meet BBC colleagues and recruiters during networking drinks and nibbles – mulled wine and mince pie anyone?

View the photographs from their last PDT event.

The BBC – An Accessible Employer

During the event staff will share their stories of what it’s like to work for the BBC and the ways in which their employment policies and benefits support individual flexibility and choice for all. You will hear from the Access Unit, which provides services for disabled staff, and also from the Chair of BBC Ability, the disabled staff forum. In addition there will be an opportunity to speak to other members of staff with disabilities about their experiences of working for the BBC – including two people who attended one of their previous People with Disabilities in Tech events and who now work for BBC Digital.

Why is this Event only for People with Disabilities?

The ‘Talented in Tech’ event is reserved for people with disabilities because an estimated 16% of working age adults are disabled and they want to ensure that their workforce more closely reflects the diversity of their audiences. Disabled staff are currently under-represented within the Digital teams which is why tthey run targeted events such as these.

They also know that an inclusive workforce – where every individual is respected and valued – leads to a more creative and productive workplacce.


This event is open to people with disabilities with tech skills and experience (or recent graduates with a relevant degree, for example Computer Science).

In very general terms they would love to find people with the following technical knowledge and experience:

  • A good understanding of Java (for our software engineering roles)
  • A good understanding of JavaScript, HTML5, CSS and/or Node.js (for our development roles)
  • Awareness of Agile methodologies (for most roles) and also AWS (for some roles)

More specifically they are currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Web Developers
  • UX Designers
  • Software Engineers
  • Full Stack Developers
  • UI Designers
  • Technical Architects
  • Product Managers
  • Data Scientists
  • Test Developers & Managers
  • Data Analysts
  • AWS Gurus
  • System Admins
  • Operations Engineers

Please note that this is not a complete list so don’t worry if you aren’t an exact match, the team will look at every application and take into account individual skillsets – if in doubt just email!

If you would like to join, email your CV – or the URL for your LinkedIn profile – to Nicola Crowther  before Friday 11 December 2015. Spaces are limited and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The BBC will provide reasonable adjustments for anyone selected to attend.

The BBC look forward to hearing from you.