Sky launches training academy for software developers
David Woods, May 09, 2011
Sky has announced the launch of a new training academy for 50 UK software developers in order to best serve its customers with the newest innovations when it comes to its increasingly popular apps and websites, including Sky Sports Football Score and Sky News.
The successful candidates will join Sky in September this year as associate software developers with a starting salary of £30,000.
Deborah Baker, Sky's director for people, said: "As our business continues to grow and we increase the delivery of innovative products and services available to our customers, investing in the future talent of our business is critical. I am therefore delighted to be announcing this new scheme to attract the best people to Sky."
The roles are designed for those at the beginning of a career in software engineering. Applications from new graduates and those with some relevant experience will be considered. The launch of this scheme builds on Sky's existing graduate programme in which there are currently 160 graduates working over nine areas across Sky's business. The graduate placements are for two years and typically include four, six-month long placements in different specialism's within the chosen area.
The new recruits, based at the company's offices in Osterley, Greater London, will be focused on developing new apps, websites and interactive and mobile services. Training will combine technical skills development and an opportunity to work on a number of live projects from across the business.
Paul Cutter, Sky's director of software engineering, added: "This training scheme is an important element of how we're building a passionate team of software developers who are able to help us continue to develop great tools for our 10 million customers via interactive, mobile and web platforms.
"For anyone looking to embark on a career in this industry, it's a great opportunity to access on the job training and a chance to work on some of the cutting edge projects that we have underway."
Sky's apps are amongst the most popular free apps available - to date the Sky News and Sky Sports Football Score apps have been downloaded by more than 5 million mobile users between them. A new Sky+ app for iPad users was launched last month and aims to match the success of the Sky+ iPhone app which has been downloaded by 1.7 million people.
Websites from the company, also attract almost 10 million unique users each month.