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.


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.


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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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.


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


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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Stefania Popescu

Stefania Popescu | Sky

Stefania Popescu

Stefi studied Media and Communication, specialising in Television, at university and joined Sky over 7 years ago as a media operator.

Shortly after, she found her passion for technology, learnt how to code and moved into broadcast software development as a Systems Engineer, where she worked for 4 years. With a passion to do a more people-oriented role, she then became a Scrum Master where she leads a team of developers and testers. Outside of work, she is studying for a Masters in Data Science and graduating in October. Stefi is involved in numerous mentoring schemes and hopes to help more people find their passion for tech.

Malgorzata Zarczynska

Malgorzata Zarczynska | Sky

Malgorzata Zarczynska

I came into technology from a non-tech background.

I studied Music Technology and Postproduction in Film and initially, I was not planning to be a programmer. However, during my university degree I made ipad applications to run my synthesizers and I wrote code for games that proved my Masters thesis. I won the best technical achievement award at the Student Radio Awards for one of my applications.

After university, I found myself wanting to take my career in a different direction. It took me a while to get a job in tech, but initially working in a support role in the ad serving industry I was able to break into Front End Development. After learning the basics, I worked on my own skills after work in my spare time. I built websites, read books and articles to understand more. After working really hard, I got my first job as a programmer and here I am three years later, contributing to advanced development projects at Sky.

Jennifer Warren

Jennifer Warren | Sky

Jennifer Warren

Technology starts and ends with people. As a proud female that side stepped into tech later in life, I’ve used transferable skills gained in different sectors to achieve my ambitions.

Graduating in modern languages and marketing, I began my career in traditional Marketing for a Spanish Property company whilst living in Southern Spain. With digital channels becoming an increasingly popular way to reach potential customers, I took the initiative to self-learn about SEO and online lead generation and self-studied for a CIM E-Marketing award. When I moved back to the UK, I decided to take the plunge into Tech and pursued a career as an Account Manager in digital agencies.

This Account Manager role leveraged my people experience, both with clients and development teams and gave me a great insight into how websites were designed and built. As the Senior Account Manager for Disney, First Direct and Anchor Housing, I led the teams for some of the company’s biggest projects, during which time I realised that the delivery aspect was my where my true passion lay, and I chose to specialise in Digital Project Management. That’s the key with Tech, once you are in, you are exposed to the variety of opportunities and areas to specialise in.

I heard about an opportunity as a Scrum Master at Sky, as I was looking to move out of the agency world. I had a young child by then and agency life can be demanding on your time. I was also looking to work on a product that I could have long term involvement in. Whilst I had no Agile experience, I did know about software development and the job description talked so much about people, that I could see a lot of similarities in the role I did currently and that of the Scrum Master. I had to be honest in the areas that I needed (and wanted) to learn. The team at Sky believed in me, and I got the job.

I have been at Sky for 4 years and during this time I have worked across multiple teams, helping to re-launch the MySky App and working on the broadband Digital support team which won Best Enterprise Technology at the National Technology awards this year. I’ve also had a 2nd child and been able to reduce my working week to 4 days to be able to spend quality time with my family and watch my children grow up. Last year I was promoted to be the Chapter Manager of Scrum Masters at Sky, overseeing their line management and career development, whilst also representing our Scrum Masters wider within Sky.

From window cards and property brochures to delivering award winning technology for Sky…..if someone had offered me that when I started my career I would have snapped their arm off!

Emma Griffin

WeAreTechWomen Conference Speaker Spotlight: Emma Griffin, Sky

Emma Griffin

WeAreTechWomen speaks to Emma Griffin, Director, Group Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Sky, about her career.

Emma is also one of our speakers at our upcoming WeAreTechWomen: The Future World of Work conference on 22 November. Emma is holding a session on her journey from ambulance dispatcher to security chief.

Emma is Group Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at Sky with responsibilities across all aspects of cyber security, including information security strategy, governance, risk and compliance.

With over 20 years of experience in security and technology infrastructure, Emma has worked across a variety of sectors including financial services, insurance and management consultancies. Prior to Sky, Emma has held numerous roles at Worldpay and Goldman Sachs leading and managing global cyber programmes.

Emma has a Master’s degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway.

WeAreTechWomen, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity, is hosting its fourth full-day conference in London, aimed at over 400 women who are wanting to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their tech networks.

Our unique conference will include the opportunity for our delegates to learn about a variety of technical topics and get involved in Q&A’s, hands-on activities and interactive workshops. Our aim is to provide an environment where our delegates can upskill and grow their skills/networks for the future.

Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you’ve come from, where you’ve worked, how you got to where you are today?

I started my working life working for the London Ambulance Service. Covering North West London, including Heathrow airport and Wembley Stadium, I was responsible for managing normal 999 calls alongside hotels on fire, train accidents, emergencies with large crowds and aeroplanes landing with mechanical problems. It was both exciting and stressful and taught me the fundamentals of incident management that I still use today. I then embarked on a career in technology, spending most of my time in the financial sector and now work at Sky as their Deputy Group CISO responsible for everything cyber security.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

For many years I just bumbled along, working hard and hoping I would be rewarded and something good would come along. But I then realised I needed to own and drive my career and so literally sat down worked out what I wanted to do, formalised a plan and even wrote a script of how to have ‘the conversation’ with my manager.

What inspired you to get involved with in motivational speaking?

The important changes in my life and career have been helped by guidance and support from mentors and role models, I realise that not everybody has them, do think it is important to encourage and inspire the person next to you.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

The feeling of empowerment when I convinced my boss to help me change role when no role existed. I was terrified I would be out of a job, but so proud of my bravery and wish I had done it years before.

What do you think WeAreTechWomen guests will gain from your talk?

Hopefully they will feel inspired to take charge of their career, form a plan and act on it.

What are your top three tips for success?

  • Never stop learning / studying – life is changing around you all the time.
  • Take ownership of your career and drive it – don’t expect someone else to do it.
  • Build a great team – success is not a solo achievement, you need good company.

What has been your biggest challenge during your career?

I wanted to change role, but didn’t know what I wanted to do next, just that I wanted something different. Building up the courage to take a leap of faith, and just try something new, that may not be successful.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t be shy - Learn to promote your skills and successes, it’s not boasting.


Sky Returners Progamme | Leeds


We’re Sky, Europe’s biggest entertainment brand.

Think top-quality shows. Breaking news. Innovative tech. Must-have products. Careers here mean the freedom and support you need to make an impact – pushing boundaries, creating solutions, hitting targets. And as part of our close-knit team, you’ll enjoy plenty of benefits. Plus, experiences you’ll only find at Sky.

This is the first time we are running a Technology Returners Programme at Sky Leeds Dock. The programme is designed to support anyone who has previously worked as a Software Developer but have taken a career break (for any reason), and is wanting to get back into the industry. The programme will be paid from the start and is a permanent position. We will give the training and support you need to get your skills up to date and give you the confidence to get back to work.

The perks

Sky Q, a generous pension and private health care. Access to over 12,000 LinkedIn Learning courses to support your development. And if that’s not enough, our Leeds Dock campus offers a pool table, table tennis, discounted gym membership, endless local discounts, and much more. We are also happy to discuss flexible working.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeatSky on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.

You will:

  • Attend a 4-week paid bootcamp on campus at Sky to upskill and train in TDD, BDD, Java, writing clean code, ReactJS to help build upon your skills and build your confidence.
  • Work on a project alongside other technical returner.
  • After 2 months of training you will move into delivery teams at Sky Leeds dock and take on a technical role on projects to deliver unified solutions.
  • Be involved as necessary with the planning, design, development, enhancement and implementation of solutions.
  • Develop and maintain Sky’s website and apps which are used by millions of customers daily.
  • Used TDD to deliver enterprise-quality code.
  • Work in an agile team and contribute to agile practices.
  • Receive ongoing support to ensure you feel integrated back into the workplace after your career break.

You’ll have:

  • Software development experience in industry at a mid level.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities; able to learn and apply new technical knowledge quickly.
  • Excellent communication skills, and able to relate to all levels of the company.
  • Understanding of sound software lifecycle methodologies and/or agile delivery.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced and progressive environment.
  • Have a passion for software excellence, delivering code of the highest quality, and a willingness to learn new languages and practices.

So, what are you waiting for? Apply now for a chance to forge your own career path and be brilliant as part of a bright, talented team.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions, we might withdraw the offer.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working.

It’s our people that make Sky Europe’s leading entertainment company. That’s why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Sky can be their best.

A job you love to talk about.


Sky Women in Tech Scholars Group featured

Sky awards £125,000 to five new Women in Technology Scholars

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Sky has announced its second cohort of Women in Technology Scholars, awarding five talented women a total of £125,000 to accelerate a business idea which harnesses technology innovation.

The winners are a diverse mix of ages and industry experience however, they share a desire to use technology to bring about positive change. The five Scholars will focus on: improving children’s cultural experiences; helping the elderly stay independent; interactive television; advancing agriculture and educating young people on mental health.

From hundreds of applications, ten high quality candidates were shortlisted, before the impressive final five were selected by a panel that included Tech Talent Charter CEO, Debbie Forster MBE, who said, “It’s been fantastic to help select such a brilliant group of women with ideas that can help shape the future of tech."

"It’s vital that organisations like Sky take action like this to deliver greater diversity in the UK Tech workforce and better reflect the make-up of the population.”

At present, just 22 per cent of the UK core STEM employment is female*. As a leading UK technology organisation serving 23.7 million customers, Sky wants to attract and attain women of all ages and levels to our technology teams and to help achieve this we have introduced a range of programmes, including our Get Into Tech coding course and our Sky Software Academy and Apprenticeships.

New research shows that nearly half of boys are advised to consider a career in tech – compared to only one in five girls. And by 18-years-old 48 per cent of girls have already discounted a career in technology completely.

Sky’s Group Chief Information Security Officer, Elaine Bucknor, said, “I was blown away with the ingenuity of the projects presented and the calibre of talent and creativity."

"It’s widely acknowledged that attracting women into technology is a challenge, so we have a responsibility to bring about change."

"Boys are more than twice as likely to be encouraged to work in tech, so it’s little wonder that half the girls we spoke to had ruled out working in the industry by the time they reached 18-years-old."

"Our Women in Technology Scholars programme enables us to nurture new talent and highlight inspiring role models to encourage others to follow.”

Sky’s Women in Technology Scholars for 2019 are:

  • Olga Kravchenko (24, Ukrainian): Olga’s VR App Musemio transforms the way children experience culture by using engaging VR elements to educate. She now plans to develop the App so that parents and families can track how their children are learning, whilst also continuing to help cultural institutions improve how they interact with younger digital generations.
  • Colleen Wong (43, British/Canadian): With no technical experience Colleen left her job in investment banking to start the successful My Gator Watch. Now, the inspirational mother of two plans to evolve the product from a tracker for kids, to a wearable mobile device for seniors that can track location and detect falls, to help the elderly maintain independence.
  • Rebecca Saw (23, British): Rebecca is looking to create never-before seen interactive story-telling that will mix linear television and gaming to provide viewers with a dynamic blended reality.  She recently worked on Traitor, at VR-live theatre thriller that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  •  Mary Murphy (20, Irish): Our youngest Scholar, Mary, alongside her twin sister was a CEO at 16 years old after designing and manufacturing the Sheep Marking Gun to help on her family farm. She will continue to engineer agritech products and develop a new software-based product that could prevent sheep theft
  • Rachel Clancy (27, Irish): Rachel is looking to develop a game she has made called ‘Get Closer’, where players open dialogue with a forest creature who needs their help. The game teaches young people how to talk about emotions and support themselves and others through mental health issues.

Sky’s Women in Technology Scholars will receive financial investment and have access to an expert network of mentors and leading industry executives to accelerate their innovation. Following the success of previous years, Sky has increased the number of scholars on the scheme from three to five, emphasising its position that female potential must be supported for the successful and inclusive future of the technology industry.


Inspirational Woman: Tanja Lichtensteiger | Engineering Manager, Sky Betting & Gaming


Tanja Lichtensteiger

I'm Tanja Lichtensteiger and I'm an Engineering Manager at Sky Betting and Gaming based at its offices in Wellington Place, Leeds.

I manage six software engineering Squads and we are all responsible for making our Sky Bet product the best in the industry. I have been working professionally in technology for 18 years since starting as an apprentice software engineer at 16 years old.  I discovered my enjoyment for software engineering when I started coding at eight years old and haven't stopped since.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not at all, which would surprise many friends as they have me down as a planner. I stumbled into tech after learning how to code at eight years old and that led me to where I am now. I knew Technology was an industry I wanted to get into as I grew older but I struggled to find the right path. A lot of doors closed on me, including University, so I can't say things ever went to plan. I feel lucky that I was able to land a very good apprenticeship in Switzerland which set the foundation of my career. Since then I've just focused on working hard, learning as much as I can and consistently building great tech products. I never sought the next step, somehow the right opportunities just naturally came my way and I grabbed them.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?

 As a mixed-race woman in Tech I can say from my experience that sexism and racism existed in technology when I started 18 years ago and are present even now. Phrases as "Women aren’t as technical as men",  "Women don't belong in tech" or "why are you here? Aren't you the cleaner?" bring up memories of past challenges. Thankfully the environment has much improved with a lot more support and people willing to stand up to do what's right. More of us willing to use our voice.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

After a long career it's pretty hard to decide on one. Personally I feel it's the individual achievements I gained through working with technologists more than technical achievements that mean more to me now. Whether if it's helping coach a budding software engineer into an extremely capable technical lead over the span of a few years or helping a squad upskill on new technology that they're excited about. Don't get me wrong, I love building and successfully delivering amazing technical solutions, but the tech we build will eventually go out of date. Those individual moments of growth are with these people for the rest of their lives.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

Resilience. I'm passionate about technology, but I believe that passion would've died a certain death if I listened to the feedback that I "did not belong here" or took every stumble as the end. That bouncebackability needs to be practiced and nurtured, embrace the struggle and come out stronger for it. Because if you can stand up after every fall, you can achieve anything.

How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?

I believe mentoring is a very valuable opportunity for both mentor and mentee to grow. I mentee a couple of women in technology and I find the process not only benefits them, but msyelf as well. It gives me a lot of food for thought. Either different perspectives on tackling a problem or new challenges I would not have come across. It's satisfying to see my mentees successfully take the steps forward that they want in their career. By being a mentor I am paying forward what others have done for me. I have a couple of informal mentors both in Tech and outside, who I came across naturally and now consider good friends. I believe in having a growth mindset and allow myself to constantly learn from people around me.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

Employers need to realise that hiring those only from traditional paths (University degrees) isn't wise as it excludes amazing talent who come with transferrable skills from other walks of life.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

Some people will find fault in you no matter what, do it anyway!

What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?

I'm looking forward to watching my squads grow not just as excellent technologists but as great human beings while we, together, go solve some extremely complex technical challenges that face Sky Betting and Gaming. It's exciting and something I can't wait to get my teeth into. I know that after it, myself and my squads would have gained so much in knowledge and levelled up significantly.

Could you be a Sky Women in Tech Scholar?


Sky Women in Tech scholar

Sky is looking for five inspirational women to become their 2019 Sky Women in Technology Scholars.

Following the extraordinary success of the first Women in Tech Scholars programme, Sky is expanding the scheme for its second cycle. This year, five outstanding women with passion in Science, Technology and Engineering and a drive to make a difference will be selected as Sky Scholars.

In addition to winning a £25,000 bursary, the Women in Tech Scholars will be paired with an expert mentor in their chosen field. Over the course of the one-year scheme, their mentor will be on hand to provide technical support as well as access to a network of business contacts to develop and nurture the talented entrepreneurs.

The programme has already achieved remarkable success with the current scholars already recognised for their work across the globe. In the last twelve months our female entrepreneurs have gone onto work with companies like Rolls Royce and Airbnb, and one scholar, Kike Oniwinde, has even been recognised in the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 for founding the Black Young Professionals Networking app.

Speaking about her experience of the programme, Kike said, "This scholarship from Sky has contributed to my development as an entrepreneur."

"Having that access to expert support has been beneficial and I'm incredibly grateful."

"I'm part of a community here, with people who are invested in helping me succeed."

Elaine Bucknor, Director for Group Technology Strategy, Sky, added, "Our hope is that the scholarships will make a real difference to the careers of these women - it will give them a chance to explore new avenues and build new skills and create successful buinesses with the support of Sky."

Applications are now open until the end of April 2019 to women of any age and across any field of technology, including software development, broadcast engineering, AI and machine learning, robotics and digital. You may be passionate about using technology to create greater diversity within business, or you may be driven to find solutions to environmental issues like reducing the plastic in our oceans. No matter what the idea, Sky wants to hear from more women in tech.

Sky’s Women in Tech Scholars programme is part of Sky’s Bigger Picture programme, investing in the next generation of talent across media, sports and technology.

If you, or anyone you know are interested in applying for the scholarship, full information can be found here.

Elaine Bucknor | Sky

Elaine is currently Sky Plc’s Group Chief Information Security Officer and a Group Director in its Technology Executive team. Elaine has overall responsibility for Cyber Security at Sky, covering all aspects of information security strategy, governance, risk and compliance.  Alongside this critical role, she leads a core team of technology and other specialists who work across the 5,000+ people in the Technology Group to define a cohesive technology strategy and operating model; ensuring the development and delivery of Sky's large-scale international technology programmes across broadcast and digital platforms, networks, infrastructure and IT.

With over 20 years in operational and strategic technology consultancy roles, Elaine has worked across numerous sectors from defence to financial services media and telecommunications. Beginning her career writing code and designing and architecting technology platforms and systems, she then moved onto consulting in business change and technology, directing and delivering major programmes of work, before joining Sky's senior leadership team.

Elaine is part of Sky's ‘Women in Leadership' group, an initiative to get more women into the most senior leadership positions at Sky. She is also a key sponsor in Sky's drive to get more women into technology and is very active in the Sky’s ongoing programme in this space.