Sky’s bid to at­tract women to ca­reers in technology

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SKY HAS launched a new Women in Technology Scholar Scheme that will of­fer three tal­ented young women who wish to pur­sue a ca­reer in technology a £25,000 bur­sary, com­mu­ni­ca­tions train­ing and se­nior men­tor­ing, as well as ac­cess to Sky’s ex­pan­sive technology net­work.

Un­der the year-long scheme, each of the win­ners will be paired with high cal­i­bre men­tors who will guide them through the scheme and sup­port them as they de­velop their skills and pur­sue in­di­vid­ual projects.

The Women in Technology Schol­ars scheme is the lat­est grass roots ini­tia­tive launched by Sky to en­cour­age more women to pur­sue ca­reers in technology.

Re­search shows women rep­re­sent just un­der half of the UK’s work­force, but only one in ev­ery six of the STEM (science, technology, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) work­force are women.

A Sky spokes­woman said: “As our schol­ars could be based any­where in the UK or Ire­land, they will also have ac­cess to our worldlead­ing Technology and Dig­i­tal Hub in Leeds, our start-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties in Oster­ley and our tech cam­pus in Scot­land.”

Sky’s CEO Jeremy Dar­roch said: “This is all about giv­ing young women with a pas­sion for tech a real chance of reach­ing their full po­ten­tial. There are too few women work­ing in technology. This is a prob­lem that needs re­solv­ing.”

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