What do you need to do to get on one of our Apprenticeship schemes? Ellis reveals all

Early Careers posted on 4 Apr

"Try to show your personality and passion in your application so you stand out from the rest."

Sky Careers

HR Work Experience students Lucy and Grace interviewed our very own Ellis about our Apprenticeship programmes.

What are the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship at Sky? It’s an opportunity to earn whilst you learn in a career area you’re passionate about. It’s a hands-on experience, giving you an insight into the working world and enables you to network with professionals whilst earning a salary and gaining a qualification.

What areas of Sky do you offer Apprenticeships in? We offer a wide range of business areas including Customer Service, Technology, Business and Media.

What types of individuals are suited to an Apprenticeship? They tend to suit personable, hands-on people with a desire to learn, a passion for their chosen career path and those who enjoy a challenge.

How many Apprentices do you take on throughout the year? This year we’re taking on circa 200 Apprentices, across all departments. These are based across the UK.

Do you need to have had any previous experience or qualifications to apply? You’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs A* - C and other requirements vary across the departments. Previous work experience isn’t necessary but is a bonus. If you’re interested in gaining work experience here we offer 1000 opportunities each year. However, the main thing we look for is a PASSION in the area you’re applying for.

How much responsibility are you given? This comes with time and training. You are given a buddy for support and we look for willingness to develop and learn during the Apprenticeship. As you prove yourself, you’ll be given more opportunities for responsibility.

Do you go to college during the Apprenticeship? This varies across every department. For example, some Apprentices do block-release learning which could involve two weeks out of the business and in college studying, or an alternative is attending college once a week throughout your Apprenticeship. All Apprenticeships have some college-based learning and studying involved. We ensure college work can be finished during working time as well.

What are the chances of being kept on at Sky upon completion of the Apprenticeship? We support everybody here to fulfill their potential, and allow you to progress further in your career here.

Can you describe Sky for us in three words? Exciting, challenging and fast-paced.

What advice would you give to applicants to stand out? I’d say to take time with the application, ensuring you check it over with someone else and look out for spelling and grammar mistakes. Try to show your personality and passion through your application in order to stand out from the rest. Another tip is to do your research on us, and ask questions during the applications process.