Sky has announced plans to build a dedicated innovation centre at its Osterley campus.
The 70,000 square feet centre will sit alongside existing tech sites in Leeds and Milan. Staff will work across a number of disciplines including broadcast and streaming platforms, consumer products and the latest content innovations including virtual reality.
The re-development of Sky’s campus has included the construction of five new buildings at Osterley that has also included the Sky News glass box live news studio.
“The development of the west London campus reflects Sky’s journey over the past 29 years,” said Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch. “Just as we have moved from porta-cabins to a world-class working environment we have also grown from a satellite business to Europe’s leading direct to consumer media company with content, consumer technology and innovation at its core. We have achieved this by always putting customers at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.”
As part of Sky’s commitment to attracting more women to tech roles and to address a chronic shortage of female talent in the industry, the new centre will become the home of the company’s brand new Get into Tech for Young Women scheme. Based on Sky’s Get into Tech course, which has already helped over 100 women train to be coders, the new programme will provide girls of school leaving age the chance to train for free as a coder, with further opportunities at the Sky Software Academy when they have completed the course.