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July 13 2016
“In the UK and Ireland, we’ve chosen to focus on supporting young people. We think it’s time for business to step up and work alongside schools and colleges to help prepare young people for a successful future. Given the power of our brand, it’s an area in which we believe we can make a real difference. Sky Academy is a commitment that we’re very proud of. We know it’s not only making a difference to young people, but also to the future of our business and, we believe, to the media and technology sector as a whole."
Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky
Starting Out was launched as part of Sky Academy in 2013 to ensure there was a business-wide focus on young talent. The programme includes work experience, placements, apprenticeships and graduate recruitment.
Before its launch, there were 15 separate graduate programmes of varying value, some noncentralised work experience programmes and a small number of apprenticeships. Starting Out brought all of the programmes together and worked out where there were opportunities for growth.
Starting Out now includes 900 work experience and paid placement places, 180 apprenticeships and 90 graduate opportunities each year. Wrapped around all these is a programme of events, support and guidance for young people starting out in their careers.
The five Sky Academy initiatives are building six skills identified as key to a successful future – communication, creativity, collaboration, teamwork, resilience and planning.