Apprentice Ethan talks about the value he's gotten from working with us

Early Careers posted on 3 Mar

"I'd definitely recommend the apprenticeship scheme. The variety of learning opportunities and the support offered to me makes me excited for a future here."

Sky Careers

Name: Ethan

Job Title: Broadcast IT Apprentice Engineer

How long have you been in the role? 6 months.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at Sky? I did not feel like going to university, as it did not appeal to me. My school did not encourage apprenticeships, however I saw what Sky had to offer during my GCSE’s and completed my A Levels with that in mind. It appealed to me as I would be working and studying at the same time, whilst being paid to do so. I see the debt that my friends have and I’m happy with my choice! I also liked the idea of mixing training days with hands on experience.

I enjoy watching TV and was interested in learning more about Sky as a product. Sky is a name everyone knows and it made me feel really proud that I had achieved a place on their apprenticeship scheme.

What attracted you to the Broadcast IT apprentice engineer position? I had an interest in networking at school and hoped to use my IT skills. Sky offered me with a supportive and interesting place to do this.

My role is different every day and I am involved with a wide range of projects. We ensure the smooth running of application and systems, and the maintenance and upkeep of storage.

How do you manage your time between studying, working and your social life? I plan my time and find everything is manageable if you find the right balance. My managers are all very understanding if I explain I have a lot of coursework to do and would appreciate spending more time on that rather than project work. I enjoy the social aspects of Sky and socialise with the IT team and my fellow apprentices on and off campus.

What advice would you give to those considering an apprenticeship? I'd definitely recommend the apprenticeship scheme. The variety of learning opportunities and the support offered to me makes me excited for a future here.