Sky Group

Software Development apprenticeship programme – Livingston

Join the experts behind Sky Mobile, NOW TV and Sky Q. Whatever your project, you’ll be in the driving seat from day one, designing the software that steers us to success.

Change the way customers interact with the NOW TV 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.

In the Content Protection team, you’ll work on business-critical systems which allow customers to get the content they love. Our role is to develop and lead the Content Protection elements of projects such as our recent Sky Glass product and Group wide Subscriber Card Management programmes.

We use cutting-edge technology and contribute to the success of current and future products for Sky by developing software that underpins our products and improves how we work.

Our team is based in Livingston and you’ll be joining a high performing Software Development team in a key part of Sky.

What you’ll be doing:
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. There’s only one place you’ll see action like this in your career – and that’s Sky. This software development programme might see you create the NOW TV interface, develop capabilities for our front-end platforms or become a full stack developer for our search and recommendations team.

You’ll learn a lot on this 18-month programme. After just five weeks, you’ll be familiar with the major software engineering principles, Java development, test-driven development, continuous build, and integration. Over the remaining 17 months, with our guidance, you’ll put your newly acquired skills into practice on live projects, before moving into a delivery team where you will continue your career as an Associate Software Developer.

On this programme you’ll ensure software is delivered to an excellent standard within a busy agile team, where quality is the highest priority. This could include:

  • Deliver and support the development of our software products
  • Team up with software professionals to create high-quality, testable products designed to engage our customers
  • Produce software through iteration using Agile delivery principles.

Your initial month of employment will be a bootcamp with the training provider. This is designed to give you an intensive training course to the basic skills and languages needed for the role. We therefore request that no holiday is booked during this time.

The qualification:
The Diploma for IT is a robust qualification leading to an Industry recognised qualification within your chosen field. This qualification allows candidates to put into practice their learning supported by both ourselves, and Sky. This qualification is a work-based qualification which includes units such as System Operation and System Management, along with things such as Remote Support and Technical Advice and guidance. Each person undertakes their own unique pathway through the qualification, choosing units most suited to their job role, whilst fully supported by both their Assessor and Manager.

The training provider for this programme is GP Strategies.

Programme facts:

  • This apprenticeship programme is 18 months
  • Location is Livingston
  • Expected start September 2023
  • SCQF Level 6 Diploma for IT & Telecoms Professionals (12 months) & SCQF Level 8 (12 Months)
  • You’ll roll off this programme into a permanent position with Sky.

What we’re looking for:
You’ll need at least five National Qualifications (NQ’s) at Level 5-7 (or equivalent 9-4), including English and Maths.

Other skills we’re looking for include:

  • Passionate about technology, with a particular interest in programming (if you’ve already dabbled with code, even
  • A quick learner and team player
  • Aware of Agile methodologies.

Our application process:

Step 1 – Submit your application on our system. We’ll be asking for your personal details, academic information and anything else that you think would be relevant such as work experience.

Once your application has been submitted, you’ll be invited to complete our immersive digital assessments. This may land in your junk folder so don’t forget to check it.

Step 2 – Complete our online digital assessments. These look at your Sky fit, business fit, and your ability to code. Why not pop onto our dedicated Prep hub to familiarise yourself with some of these digital assessments before completing. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice each of these assessments beforehand, so please read our email instructions carefully.We’ve added some tips to help you along the way.

The coding test can be completed any of the below languages, please familiarise yourself with the basic coding concepts before beginning this stage. Languages include: Java, Python, JavaScript and PHP. We don’t expect to know everything so during this test you can also refer to websites or books.

Step 3 – For the final stage of your application, we’ll invite you to a digital assessment centre and give you some tasks to get to know you better. The day will give you a practical insight into the role and will assess your technical aptitude.

Once you’ve completed your assessment day, we’ll let you know when you can expect to hear back from us.

So why wait?
Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2023. Apply now to avoid disappointment.