Sky Betting & Gaming aim to tap into the talent of Leeds’s digital future

Andy Burton.
Andy Burton.
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Sky Betting & Gaming’s chief technology officer has highlighted the important role that graduate talent will play in making Yorkshire a major digital hub.

In a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s new Digital City platform, Andy Burton writes: “This month we were delighted to welcome 27 new technology graduates through our doors for the start of our new Software Academy.

“If Yorkshire is to succeed in its ambition to be one of the UK’s foremost tech hubs we need to offer the development opportunities that will attract the country’s brightest graduates into full-time paid employment in the North.

“The proportion of home-grown talent among our tech grads was high, with only four of the intake coming from universities outside of the North.

“Just under 70 per cent came from Yorkshire universities including Hull, Leeds Beckett, Leeds, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and Bradford.

“Our Software Academy not only introduces software, testing, engineering and coding skills, but helps to stimulate the inquisitiveness and outlook that will be the foundations of a long and successful career in tech, wherever that may take them.

“We’re not the only ones looking to attract and retain top tech talent in the region.

“It is great to see the Leeds Digital Board, Leeds Beckett and the Local Enterprise Partnership working on establishing a Digital Boot Camp to help graduates transition from university into the world of work.

“And I’m really excited about the possibility of a Creative and Digital University Technical College being set up in Leeds.

“By working together on projects like this the tech community can help retain talented graduates coming out of our local universities and attract those from further afield.

“It may take a few years for these projects to bear fruit but investing in the stars of the future is crucial if the region is to realise the full potential of its growing digital economy.”

The YEP and Sky Betting & Gaming’s Digital City link-up is designed to highlight the giant strides being made by a sector that boasts around 3,000 organisations in Leeds.