Sky has revealed a new paid training scheme Women in Home Service to help women start their career in engineering.
The programme will provide up to 1000 women with the necessary skills, training and career development opportunities to become an engineer.
The UK has less women working in the field than anywhere else in Europe - only 2% of Sky's engineering workforce are women.
The company hopes to increase the number of female engineers at the company to 20% over the next two years.
"Engineering is an industry that has long seen underrepresentation of women. That is an issue for society and one that we at Sky have a responsibility to address," said Chris Stylianou, Chief Operating Officer.
"It is important that our Home Service engineers are as diverse and inclusive as the customers and communities they serve and that’s why we’re focussing our efforts on increasing the number of female engineers at Sky over the next two years.”
Each participant will have their own specialist mentor to support and advise them, and will have their receive a City and Guilds qualification at the end of the programme.
To apply to the scheme, click here.
With the new £2 million programme, Sky is among a number of companies in the broadcast industry that encourage young people pursue careers in technology. The RTS Technology Bursary offers five Engineering and Computer Sciences undergraduates £1000 per year for three years and a Hospital Club and RTS membership for the duration of their studies.
The students will be offered a mentor or placement in the final year of study and be made aware of career opportunities in television and media.
To apply for the RTS Technology Bursary, follow the link.