Sky wants to bring more young women into tech

Written by NTN staff

Sky's new innovation centre facility will house tech engineering, software and app development. It will also be the home of a new scheme to get more young women into technology.

Sky’s new innovation centre on its Osterley campus will be home to an ever-growing number of technology engineers and software developers focusing on innovation across the company’s broadcast and streaming platforms, consumer products and the latest content innovations including virtual reality.

Totalling around 70,000 square feet, it will add to Sky’s existing tech sites in Leeds and Milan.

“With three dedicated technology hubs, the Group will be in an even stronger position to extend its leadership in delivering customers the best viewing and user experience in Europe,” the company said.

Sky is also committed to attracting and developing more women in tech roles and to address what it calls “the chronic shortage of female talent in the industry”. So the new centre will become the home of the company’s new ‘Get into Tech for Young Women’ scheme, a programme which aims to help girls leaving school the chance to train for free as a coder, with further opportunities at the Sky Software Academy when they have completed the course. Its Get into Tech course has already helped over 100 women train to be coders.
Sky has over 31,000 employees, including over 5,000 working in tech.

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive of Sky, said: The development of the west London campus reflects Sky’s journey over the past 29 years. Just as we have moved from porta-cabins to a world-class working environment we have also grown from a satellite business to Europe’s leading direct to consumer media company with content, consumer technology and innovation at its core. We have achieved this by always putting customers at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.”