Entertainment company Sky has chosen Leeds as the location for a new, world-class technology facility.
The hub will create up to 400 skilled jobs at the cutting edge of digital technology, focused on creating and developing Sky’s next generation of websites and apps across its services. Based at Allied London’s Leeds Dock, in the heart of the city, the company said Sky@Leeds Dock will establish a dynamic and creative environment that will transform the way Sky’s technology teams operate.
These teams are responsible for best-selling products such as Sky+ and Sky Go.
It will also include a new Software Engineering Academy aimed at people starting their career
Sky said the academy will offer graduates a hands-on, accelerated learning programme, providing practical, on-the-job training including opportunities to develop and support software for teams across Sky, including Sky News and Sky Sports.
This year the academy will recruit 24 graduates and eight apprentices from across the north of England, and will look to expand in the coming years. The company said the opening of Sky@Leeds Dock reaffirms Sky’s commitment to Leeds, and will bring the total number of employees based in the city to over 1000, creating a world-class facility in the north of England.
Matt Grest, head of technology at Sky@Leeds Dock, said: “The creation of Sky@Leeds Dock is a major commitment to our technology business, and to the city of Leeds.
“We are creating one of the largest digital communities in the UK, offering people in the north of England a unique opportunity to help shape Sky’s award-winning digital products, reaching millions of Sky customers around the UK.
“Leeds is thriving, with a burgeoning technology sector, and we’re confident our new hub can make a huge contribution to the city.”