Sky Betting & Gaming launches new Software Academy

Sky Betting & Gaming has welcomed 25 new technology graduate employees to Wellington Place in Leeds for the start of a new Software Academy.

Agile, DevOps and testing skills

The programme begins with 14 weeks of fast-track training, followed by placements within all the major technology teams. Four learning streams will cover software engineering, software engineer in test, DevOps and test engineer, as well as covering a variety of topics in agile, lean, business skills, databases, scalability and software testing.

Graduates will also learn to code Ruby and JavaScript.

Matt Hughan, Head of Recruitment at Sky Betting & Gaming, said; “We’re committed to the North and have been able to recruit at record rates here. By offering such high quality placements, we’ve not only been able to hold on to home grown graduates from our local universities, but also to attract those from further afield.”

The programme will last for 12 months and graduates will learn about Sky Betting & Gaming’s lean and agile methodologies and improve their general business skills.

Promoting tech talent in Yorkshire

A significant 17 – or just under 70% – of the graduates came from universities in Yorkshire, including Hull University, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds University, Sheffield University, Sheffield Hallam University and Bradford University.

Andy Burton, Sky Betting & Gaming’s CTO said:  “I’m delighted that our software academy has now launched. Like many other tech companies in the region we are finding recruiting the right people increasingly difficult. By investing in graduates now we hope to play our part in ensuring there’s a pipeline of tech talent in Yorkshire. I look forward to welcoming the first grads in the summer.”

Edited from press release by Cecilia Rehn.