Nigel Adams MP last week visited Sky at Leeds Dock to meet with software engineering apprentice Stefan McCready from Church Fenton.
Stefan is part of Sky’s Software Engineering Academy, which puts apprentices and graduates on an accelerated learning programme. This includes on-the-job training so that from the start they play an important part in developing and supporting software for innovative new products from Sky.
After 12 months on his Sky apprenticeship, Stefan said: “It’s amazing being part of Sky’s technology team – I’ve learnt so much since joining and being able to say I am working on web applications for the upcoming Sky mobile phone service is incredible. To know that there will be millions using it puts on the pressure but also makes me sit back and smile”.
Sky opened its technology hub at Leeds Dock earlier this year. The site employs over 600 technology and product development staff who work to create and develop Sky’s next generation of websites and apps – including Sky Sports digital platforms.
Nigel Adams MP commented: “It was great to visit a young person from my constituency at Sky in Leeds and see him thriving as part of their technology development team. Stefan is an integral member of the team developing web and mobile phone based systems which will deliver new entertainment services to mobile phones. It shows that an apprenticeship can be a good way into a career in high tech development work.”
The Leeds technology hub is becoming a centre of excellence for developing new technology. After the visit Nigel said: “Sky have an innovative approach to recruitment and training which shows in the diversity of their team – I am very much looking forward to welcoming them at this year’s Selby Jobs Fair.”
The Jobs fair will be held on 13 October at Selby College and within a week of the event being announced over a third of the stands have been booked. Last year’s Selby Jobs Fair attracted over 500 job seekers and people looking to take their careers forward. This year’s event will include support for young people who want to start their careers with an apprenticeship.
Further information about the Jobs fair – Please contact Nigel Adams MP firstname.lastname@example.org
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Matt Grest – Director of Digital Platforms
Stefan McCready, Apprentice from Church Fenton
Nigel Adams MP