Sky Work Experience event aims to tackle gender imbalance in Software and Technology sector
5th. November 2018
Alongside creativity, technology is at the heart of everything that Sky does - which is why it's serious about supporting the next generation of "tech talent" in a key event for Work Experience Month. Sky offers many work experience opportunities throughout the year, including a Software graduate programme in Software Development, Automation Testing and DevOps, plus a whole host of apprenticeships, internships, work experience and insight days.
In its second year, the Girls can Code event at Sky is a Software and Technology insight day exclusively for women who are passionate about coding. This event is aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in technology. It was attended by 31 women on 19th October and was packed full with informative and interactive sessions designed to replicate a day in the life of a software or technology graduate. The day-long insight day included:
A group practical exercise in which the participants tried their hands at coding to build a Sky app. This session was designed to give them an insight into the fundamentals of coding and programming through a practical coding exercise;
Application hints and tips from the Early Careers team to help them make them make an application that stands out and to talk them through how to tackle different stages of the assessment process;
Q&A panel and Networking with the Early Careers team, graduates, apprentices and the Head of Software Engineering Academy to hear first-hand about the opportunities in Software and Technology departments at Sky. This session also provided an insight into the work culture and values at Sky.
Tour of the Sky Campus
The attendees said that the insight day really opened their eyes to the various opportunities in technology at Sky and gave them the confidence to apply for roles in a sector which is perceived to be male dominated.