Innovation on campus

Changing the game posted on 14 May

As one of their first projects, the Software Engineering grads at Sky developed an app in-house to capture data from final-year students on campus.

As part of the seven month Software Engineering Academy programme, graduates work in small groups on real Sky projects. One project completed by the most recent graduate intake has been to design and develop an iPad application to be used on-campus to register the details of candidates interested in submitting a future graduate application.

The implementation of this app has had a significant impact on the administrative resource previously used to capture this data and also improved the quality of HR reporting and ability to respond to students in a timely, efficient way further demonstrating our approach for showcasing the work of our graduates on-campus. It has been great to show the work to future applicants, showcasing the types of technology they could themselves be working on in the future.

In these 7 months, candidates initially attend a 4 week boot-camp to provide them with the core principles and software development principles. Upon completion of the boot-camp they work together in small Agile teams on real Sky projects utilising what they have learnt from the boot camp and creating products for Sky employees or our customers. Our approach is one of collaboration, encouraging graduates to learn from each other and work together to develop their ability. This development does not end after the 7 months - continued support in the form of one to one development, mentoring and master classes is on-going after the placement in the established software delivery teams where the graduates continue their training as Associate Software Engineers.

Overall, the programme is fundamental in ensuring the business achieves strategic business goals by building talent from within, creating a swell of permanent software engineers and helping to meet the demands in the Mobile, Internet, TV and Web development areas of Software Engineering at Sky.