Sky has announced its intention to open a brand new technology hub in the north of England, and expand of its dedicated technology training schemes.
The new technology hub, which will create up to 400 highly-skilled jobs, will open later this year in Leeds. It will be focused on designing and developing Sky’s next generation of websites and apps across its offering.
Based at Allied London’s Leeds Dock, in the heart of the city, the hub will provide a site for Sky’s tech teams to continue to develop new ways of watching content on multiple devices, in and out of the home.
Sky is also creating its second Software Engineering Academy, also in Leeds, which will offer opportunities for young people across the north of England to gain skills and build a career in technology. In addition, Sky has increased the number of places on offer at its Software Engineering Academy in London.
The Software Engineering Academy offers graduates a hands-on, accelerated learning programme, providing practical, on-the-job training including opportunities to develop and support software for teams across Sky, including Sky Sports.
In London, the number of places available at the Academy annually has increased from 24 to 36. The company aims to emulate the success of the London Software Engineering Academy in Leeds, initially recruiting 24 graduates and eight apprentices a year. These will join the 118 young people who’ve gone through the Software Engineering Academy since launch four years ago.
“With our investment in Leeds, we’re creating one of the largest digital communities in the UK,” said Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive, Sky . “We are looking forward to bringing hundreds of new jobs to the city and giving young people the opportunity to build their skills and help shape the digital services of the future.“