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Software Development

Get to grips with Java development, engineering principles, open source tools and web technologies. Our Software Development apprentices work on projects in different areas of the business and earn their Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship while they’re at it.

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Software Development

Start date: 1st August 2024

£25,000 per annum|18 months | Software Developer Level 4

About this programme

Join the authorities behind Sky Mobile, NOW TV and Sky Q. Whatever your project, you’ll be in the driving seat from day one, crafting 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. Build software technology that influences the way they watch their favourite shows. Use ground breaking technology and contribute to the success of current and future products.
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.

What you’ll be doing

The software development programme might see you build 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 mentorship, 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 lively 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.

The qualification

Software Developer Level 4 qualification Overview: Apprentices will be equipped with the foundational technical and durable skills they’ll need to be successful in agile environments, aligned with the technologies and frameworks most relevant to their role. Gain hand-on experience applying in-demand technical skills, transform from software enthusiasts into junior software engineers, able to design, develop, test, and deploy full-stack applications. The training provider for this programme is Multiverse. As a Multiverse apprentice you'll have access to exciting social events, extra training from great companies and your own personal coach who will support and guide you through your qualification.

What we’re looking for

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs A* – C (or equivalent grades 9-4), including English and Maths. Other skills we’re looking for include:
• Passionate about technology, with a particular curiosity in programming (if you’ve already dabbled with code, even better)
• A quick learner and teammate
• Aware of Agile methodologies.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered for this role, you must meet all of the following eligibility criteria.

  • You have a minimum of five GCSEs A* - C (or equivalent grades 9-4), including English and Maths, or will have these by September 2024.
  • You will be above the statutory school leaver age by September 2024.
  • You haven’t completed a qualification or degree in the subject you are applying to.
  • You will have completed any current education by September 2024 and do not plan to be undertaking any education throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • You will have resided in the UK or Republic of Ireland for three years by September 2024, unless you have an exemption listed in Annex A of the document linked below.
  • If you are on a time limited visa, your visa will not expire at any point during the apprenticeship programme.

Please read the above carefully before continuing with your application. If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria, please contact us at apprenticeships@sky.uk.

Please note that the majority of these points are due to apprenticeship levy funding rules in England, which may be reviewed here for your reference: Apprenticeship Funding Rules


This apprentice programme is now closed for applications for our 2024 intake. To register your interest for 2025, click below and we'll keep you updated.

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