Sky Graduate Programmes

Launch your career with Sky with their graduate programmes

Sky Graduate Programmes

Launch your career with Sky through one of their graduate programmes!

Passionate about building tech that improves how the world watches sport? Want to work in finance and support the future of your favourite show? Keen to pick up heaps of new skills trying out lots of different functions?

At Sky, you can combine what you love with what you do best to shape a brilliant career.

With 24 million customers across six countries, it’s no surprise Sky is Europe’s biggest entertainment brand. But Sky is more than must-watch shows, cutting-edge tech and market-leading packages. Sky are a place where people from all walks of life get the freedom and support to do their best work.

Sky’s range of graduate programmes means everyone can find a job they love to talk about and they also offer internships and insight events designed to give you a sneak peek at life at Sky. So, whatever your background, skills or passions, you can choose a career path that suits you.

Ready to start a career like no other?

 At Sky you can.


OSTERLEY

Automated Software Testing Graduate Programme

Join the teams that built Sky Mobile, NOW and Sky Q. Create products used by millions. Use cutting- edge tech. Deliver top-quality software. Learn the fundamentals of software engineering, testing and gain an understanding of DevOps. Collaborate with our software teams across the globe on video streaming platforms. There’s only one place you’ll see action like this in your career – and that’s Sky.

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Leeds

Mobile Development Graduate Programme

Change the way customers interact with the Sky Go interface. Collaborate with our software teams across the globe on video streaming platforms. Create software technology that influences the way they watch their favourite shows. Use cutting-edge technology and contribute to the success of current and future products. Develop software that underpins our products and improves how we work. Make an impact and get all the support you need to do your best work.

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BRENTWOOD

Software Development Graduate Programme

The software development programme will see you learn about how we develop software and the processes used. You will also get to work closely with the hardware and device-drivers on the Sky Broadband Routers or Sky Q Set-Top-Boxes and be supported by engineers at the top of their game.

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OSTERLEY

Mobile Development Graduate Programme

The Mobile software development programme might see you create the next iteration of Sky Go, work on a new feature for NOW and develop capabilities on our iOS and Android platforms. You’ll learn a lot on this seven-month programme. After just eight weeks, you’ll be familiar with our major software engineering principles, Swift and Kotlin development, iOS and Android platforms and continuous build, and integration

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Leeds

Automated Software Testing Graduate Programme

Start your career in software engineering with our automated tester graduate programme. You’ll learn a lot in seven months. After five weeks, you’ll be familiar with major software engineering and testing principles, as well as DevOps and test-driven development. Master the fundamentals of performance and API, mobile and hardware testing. And the security principles that underpin all our work.

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The importance of internships

Article by Donne Burrows, COO at Engine B

working from home setup with computer and desk, productivity, working from homeWhen it comes to the employment market, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed many victims. It now looks like internships are one of the latest.

A recent survey by Prospects, a UK graduate jobs website, has found 26 per cent of graduates had their internships cancelled this year due to the chaos caused by Coronavirus.

For ambitious students and graduates, an internship has become a rite of passage. After years spent focusing on academic study, it makes sense for students to add practical experience of work to their skill set, particularly to increase the chance of being employed after graduation. Although it is terribly disappointing for those who are no longer able to take up an internship, it is my hope that the temporary hiatus we’re seeing in these programs will give employers an opportunity to reset and refocus, ensuring that the work we’re doing to bring graduates into the workforce is truly fit for purpose.

The link between an internship and future careers has become deeply ingrained in the psyche of today’s young professional and with good reason. There are few other ways to combine achieving academic success with practical work experience and internships can be a brilliant way to accrue the skills and network needed to secure a good job. Research shows that leaving university with qualifications alone no longer cuts it in today’s highly competitive job market - more than one third of employers are unlikely to employ a graduate with no work experience according to High Fliers research. There are few better ways to get a foot in the door of the modern workplace.

Given the importance of internships and the role they have to play in shaping graduate recruitment and the make-up of industries of the future, it’s vital that internships are as open, transparent and inclusive as possible. Right now, most organisations appreciate the value of creating diverse and inclusive teams and the business case for diversity in organisations is significant and growing. It is heartening to see the strides that are being made in implementing initiatives like unconscious bias training to move corporate diversity beyond lip service to part of a company’s operational strategy. It may be that internships are one way that some organisations are falling short, however.

There are still too many organisations overlooking internships as part of their diversity and inclusion efforts which means they run the risk of missing the boat on future talent. Even the most enthusiastic proponents of robustly inclusive recruitment policies can have a blind spot when it comes to offering work experience to a friend’s child or someone they know from the school gates. In all fairness, as a parent myself, I am not sure it will ever be possible or necessarily desirable to completely prevent this from happening. Perhaps, rather than implementing draconian measures designed to prevent any forms of nepotism or favouritism, it is better to turn our attention to the way formal internship recruitment is run to ensure we get the best, brightest and most diverse applicants working for us. As many firms have paused their internship programmes, this could be a good time to start making some positive changes.

Promoting diversity in an internship programme means looking strategically at the issues impacting your industry and thinking laterally about what skillsets and mindsets will be needed to make a difference. Do you need data scientists? Analytical thinkers? Problem solvers? Now is your chance to start reframing the way you search for the graduate trainees who will have those skills and can bring fresh new thinking to your business. Casting the net wider and inspiring more high-quality applicants to believe your organisation is one in which they could make a difference and learn from your people is crucial. This takes time and cannot be achieved in a single careers fair or with a standalone job advert, so start thinking about how to embed this throughout your organisation, not just in HR.

For those thinking about internships and considering the benefits, it’s important to bear in mind the landscape is changing positively. No longer are these roles considered to be summer jobs or work experience, but instead a steppingstone into permanent roles and graduate schemes.

However on a more cautionary note, there is still work to be done to ensure internships are not just another way of entrenching privilege. Until companies commit to making changes and overhauling how their internship schemes work, they will not benefit from the amazing new energy brought by bright, skilled young people.


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