This really is the golden ticket of media training schemes - if you can get on to this then you're set for life, career-wise. Succesful applicants get a year's paid training placements in BBC newsrooms and, in all likelihood, a glittering career afterwards.
I only ever got as far as the interview stage for this scheme, and it was one of the toughest interviews I've ever undergone. It was like walking through hot coals set to premium scorchio levels.
During the day long interview, I went out for lunch with some of my fellow wannabes. One of them cheerfully admitted that he'd noticed (by reading upside down) that the interviewers had written the word 'Pillock' on his application form. Fair play to him, he went back to complete the rest of the day. I bet he went far.
The BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme attracts around 3,000 applications each year, and one of the good things about it is that you can apply even if you're not currently working in media.
But you will have to have had a substantial amount of relevant work experience and be an altogether keen media bean to stand a chance of being awarded a place. It's not for anyone who vaguely fancies a job in meeja and doesn't much care what.
The BBC has said that it hopes to make the scheme more accessible to attract people from diverse backgrounds. So it doesn't matter if you went to Oxford or Cambridge, either will do (joking) (I hope).
There's more information about the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme here, and a direct link to the online application form here. Applications close on 8th October 2012.