The BBC has banned white people from applying for a £18,000-per-year trainee job on Springwatch and The One Show – keeping the position open to ethnic minorities only.

The broadcaster is seeking a trainee production management assistant within their Science Unit based in Glasgow, but have stated that they are: "only open to black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates."

It is the second role in recent months that the BBC has advertised with the restriction, after they previously sought a trainee researcher for their Natural History Unit from an "ethnic" background in Bristol.

The current advert states that the "successful candidate will be someone with a desire to build a career in the TV industry and a demonstrable interest in BBC Studios".

It goes on to outline that applicants must be "educated to Scottish National 5 or Highers, GCSEs or A-levels", but does not mention the need for a university degree.

The role was posted online by Creative Access, a scheme that aims to boost the number of ethnic minorities working in the creative, media and arts industries.

Under the Equality Act 2010, positive discrimination is unlawful but "positive action" is allowed for trainee roles where there are gaps in representation.

From a BBC spokesperson: “The BBC is a welcoming, inclusive organisation, committed to representing and reflecting all our audiences. We support a scheme organised by Creative Access, an independent organisation dedicated to increasing diversity in the creative industries, which provides development roles, fully in line with the Equality Act.”

BBC director-general Tim Davie has previously spoken about the lack of diversity amongst the corporations top paid faces and has said he "has more work to do" to help resolve the gap.

Earlier this year, the BBC made plans to hire more women and black and ethic minority staff via its Diversity And Inclusion Plan.

The corporation committed to ensuring 50 per cent of its workforce are women, 20 per cent are black and ethnic minority and 12 per cent are disabled, and outlined plans to invest in "those at mid-career level".

Speaking at the time, Mr Davie said: "We must – from top to bottom – represent the audiences we serve.

"We have made some big improvements, but we want and need to go further. This plan will ensure we are a modern, progressive, welcoming organisation."