More than 2,000 women are competing for 30 places on the Broadcast and BBC Academy Expert Women training day.

The event, on 18 January, is free to applicants who want to become presenters on television, radio and online.

A rigorous selection process is now being carried out to identify the preeminent applicants and in the second round candidates will upload filmed applications to YouTube.

The event is predominantly targeting specialist factual in areas where women are often under-represented, such as science, history, politics, business, engineering, architecture and technology.

Participants will have a day of taster training sessions designed to boost their chances of success. Topics to be addressed include: how best to present and project themselves; how to bring subjects alive in a compelling and understandable way for many different audiences; and how to navigate their way through the industry.

They will receive coaching and hands-on practical experience in the studio and in front of a camera, and will get an indication of what area of programming they’re best suited to.

There will also be advice on how to chart a successful career course, whether to get an agent, how to pitch yourself, and how contributors are selected.

BBC Academy executive producer Sarah Wood said:“We hope that these 30 women will come away feeling really inspired and confident about their future in the industry. This is a great opportunity for us to share our training, and maybe the day will produce one or more star female presenters.”