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Apprentice Media Field Engineer (Airworks- Sutton Coldfield)

Apprentice Media Field Engineer (Airworks) 

BEng (Hons) in Broadcast and Communications Engineering

Who are we? 

Arqiva is at the heart of the broadcast and utilities sector in the UK and beyond.

Through our infrastructure we ensure media and data is taken from, and delivered to where it is most valued, whether that’s from broadcasters to your TV screen or radio, or from your smart meter to the utility company. Even if you haven’t heard of us before, the chances are you’re indirectly a customer of ours and our infrastructure is part of your everyday life!

We have a rich heritage and an exciting future ahead of us, and there’s so much more to us that we can’t wait to share with you. 

How do apprentices support our strategy? 

We are a business with bold ambitions outlined in our Vision 2031 plan. We’re looking for your curiosity and insight to help achieve them. Apprentices play a key role in helping us to continually think differently and deliver on our customer’s expectations

Our apprentice scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills and harness your curiosity in a practical environment whilst gaining a qualification. We put you at the heart of our business so that what you do impacts our customers and supports the delivery of our strategy. You will be working alongside dedicated and talented people who really care about our customers and each other. 


This is a field-based role with your main hub being at our Sutton Coldfield site. Please note that travel within the region is required and therefore you must hold a full driving licence or be ‘test ready’ for your contract start date. Your university study will be based at Birmingham City University. 

Why this Role?

Our Field Team provide reactive and planned maintenance activities that support our broadcast infrastructure network across the UK. You will be vital to ensuring we remain switched on and ensuring our media is delivered to where it is most valued. 

This is an exciting opportunity to combine university study with real work-based experience and learning to enable you to gain a full BEng (Hons) in Broadcast and Communications Engineering.We run our Degree Apprenticeship Programme in partnership with Birmingham City University and, given you will have paid employment status, you will not pay any training costs or student fees. 

This programme covers all aspects of TV, radio and media from capturing content to distributing it to users. The course will provide you with a varied skillset, preparing you for the ever-changing world of broadcast and media, equipping you with the skills you’ll need for a successful career in a fast-moving and dynamic industry.

The course is delivered over 3 years via a block-based learning structure, which means you will spend 2 semesters per year at university alongside your fellow degree apprentices and with full accommodation support from Arqiva. You will also attend an induction course to gain an introduction to our business and our broadcasting infrastructure and attend other relevant technical training required specifically in your role. Outside of these teaching blocks you will able to put your learning into practice in the live working environment. 

What will you learn? 

Alongside your degree apprenticeship you will have practical technical training with Arqiva that will enable you to deliver in a Airworks Media Field Engineer position such as: 

  • Functional aspects of Airworks, Rigging skills, Antenna Systems and Satellite link equipment. Learning to carry out planned maintenance, antenna measurements, fault rectification.
  • Familiarisation with Arqiva test equipment and responsibility for calibration / condition of issued equipment.
  • Working on site with other Airworks team members to deliver project / maintenance tasks.
  • Obtain climbing certification, keeping climbing certification up to date and fitness to maintain ability to climb.
  • Safety, Health and Environment legislation, policies and procedures. 

What do we need from you? 

  • 3 A levels (or equivalent) at grade BBC (112 UCAS points); including a STEM subject at Grade C or above. 
  • 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at Grade C or 4/5
  • You will need a head for heights! You must be physically fit and maintain ability to climb and carry out a climbing assessment prior to being accepted.
  • A genuine interest in Media Services and the Broadcasting industry. 
  • Willing to learn and embrace new challenges.

More than anything, we want to hire apprentices who are passionate about building their career at Arqiva and being a part of our vision. So, if you think you have most of the skills and / or experience we are looking for, then please do apply for the role - we want to hear from you! 

Inclusive Arqiva

For us, building a working environment that is diverse, inclusive and engaged is a positive for both our colleagues and our customers. This is why we have invested in our partnerships with Inclusive Employers and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). 

We also have active and thriving networks to support our colleagues like our Working Families network, Women at Arqiva and Diversity Ambassadors. Take a look at our LinkedIn Life page for more details - 

Next Steps

All applications must be made online

Our application process follows 3 stages; 

  • Online application form
  • Telephone interview
    • Approximately 30 minutes with competency-based questions focused on the role requirements
  • Assessment centre
    • These are scheduled for February 2022 comprising of an interview, group exercise, presentation, a tour of our offices and a chance to meet our team

Closing date for applications Friday 7th January 2022 at 11:59pm.

Please ensure you apply in enough time before the deadline as applications will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Should you have any queries regarding this role, please contact us at

Apprentice Media Field Engineer (Airworks- Sutton Coldfield)

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK
Degree Apprenticeships

Published on 19 Nov 2021

Deadline 7 Jan 2022

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