Bucks New University apprentices reach for the Sky


Date: 17th Dec 2018

Sky has become the first company to take advantage of the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship programme at Bucks New University.

The first cohort of Software Engineer apprentices started on their tailor-made degree apprenticeship last month, which has been designed to develop apprentices in their roles at Sky.

Jon Jackson, Senior Lecturer on the University’s Digitech Apprenticeship, said: “I love working with this talented group of software engineers from Sky.

“They’re a diverse set of apprentices with a positive attitude towards working hard and learning new things. I’m genuinely excited to be on this journey with them.”

Bucks New University delivers a range of apprenticeships for businesses to develop their workforce, whether it is a levy or non-levy paying. The apprenticeship levy is a UK tax on employers which can be used to fund apprenticeship training.

Kate Danbury, Head of Apprenticeships Hub, said: “We are really excited to be working with Sky on their apprenticeship offering. We create a flexible approach to apprenticeships for all the businesses we work with, so they can invest in the skills and expertise that their organisation needs.”

With more and more businesses realising the need to develop and support ‘their people’, apprenticeships offer an earn-as-you-learn alternative to the traditional degree route.Sky apprentices with Jon Jackson

L-R: Apprentices Luke Cole, Ravin Patel, Suraj Kalsi and Alfie Brooks with Senior lecturer Jon Jackson (centre).

Luke Cole, 22, an associate developer, started at Sky after applying straight out of college for a software developer apprenticeship role.

Sky encourages us to grow in all areas, both inside our current occupation, and outside,” said Luke, from Sutton.

“The opportunity to learn has been a massive benefit to me. Both Sky and Bucks are very supportive and we all have the opportunity to get industry experience, alongside access to a well-structured degree course.”

The apprentices gain a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree and enhance their related digital roles at the same time, which in turn supports their employer to develop new products and services using digital technologies.

The apprenticeship programme, which includes Software Engineer, IT Consultant, Data Analyst and Business Analyst pathways, combines academic and work-based learning that can be delivered flexibly around the demands of the apprentice’s role.

Jon added: “Right from the start of the programme, the group were tackling hands-on programming tasks as well as learning new professional and technical skills.”

  • To find out more about this and other apprenticeships we can help your business deliver please call (01296) 744202 or visit www.bucks.ac.uk/apprenticeships.


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