08/04/2016: BBC People with Disabilities in Tech

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 an event to help us to attract more disabled talent to roles in BBC Digital.

Not sure if it’s for you? Here’s what some of our previous disabled delegates have said:
bbc people with disabilities
  • It has been the best organisation I have visited
  • Diversity is celebrated
  • You made it clear that you value your disabled staff
  • You are taking the subject seriously and showing real commitment
  • I’m not aware of any other organisation that has put on a day for disabled people
  • I felt I could be myself
  • I was surprised at how inclusive the BBC is
  • It feels like a very inclusive and friendly place to work
  • I was made to feel ‘normal’ and ‘wanted’ and that my talents would be recognised
  • It was great that the focus was on ABILITY and the accommodation of personal needs

You can also view the photographs from our last PDT conference here.

If this sounds interesting and you would like to find out more about working in a technical role at the BBC then you will not want to miss this FREE event. You can apply for a place at the event using the email address below.

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:

  • www.bbc.co.uk 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 our products requires the best digital talent and we 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 our work – with a view to joining our tech community at the BBC – then we would love to meet you.

This event will include additional details on the roles available but for general information on current vacancies please visit the BBC careers website.

Event Details

During the day you will get the opportunity to:

Discover more about the digital products and services designed, developed and delivered by the BBC including BBC iPlayer, myBBC, BBC Radio & Music and a range of websites, apps and games inc. BBC Sport, BBC Children’s and BBC News

Participate in a series of tech themed mini-masterclasses and a personal development workshop

Hear from inspirational speakers and experts

Join in a panel discussion about how employers can more effectively support different abilities and create a culture of inclusivity
Visit a Digital exhibition and meet BBC hiring managers, recruiters and technical experts

The BBC – An Accessible Employer

During the event our staff will share their stories of what it’s like to work for the BBC and the ways in which our employment policies and benefits support individual flexibility and choice for all. You will hear from our 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 people who attended one of our previous People with Disabilities in Tech events and who now work for BBC Digital.

Why is this Event only for People with Disabilities?

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

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


This event is open to people with disabilities with tech skills and experience (a list of examples is below), recent graduates with a relevant degree (for example Computer Science) plus people with a passion for tech who would like to hear more about our entry routes into the BBC (for example our trainee schemes and apprenticeships).

In very general terms we 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 we 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, our team will look at every application and take into account individual skillsets – if in doubt just email!

If you would like to join us on the day please email your CV – or the URL for your LinkedIn profile – to Nicola Crowther by 1 April 2016 at the latest. Spaces are limited and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so the earlier you book your place the better. The BBC will provide reasonable adjustments for anyone selected to attend.

About the author

Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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