Sky UK has unveiled plans to expand its Women in Tech Scholars programme following the success of the first cycle.
In 2019, five outstanding women with a passion for Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) will be selected as Sky Scholars, helping to champion gender diversity in the technology sector.
Sky’s Women in Tech Scholars programme is part of the company’s Bigger Picture programme, which aims to invest in the next generation of talent across media, sports and technology.
As part of the programme, scholars will receive a £25,000 bursary. Participants will also be paired with a mentor in their respective field of expertise.
Over the course of the year-long scheme, mentors will provide technical support and access to a broad network of business contacts to help develop and nurture participants.
Since its inception, the Sky Women in Tech programme has helped scholars across a range of specialist areas. Current scholars have also been recognised for their work across the globe.
In the past year, a host of female entrepreneurs have gone on to work with companies such as Rolls Royce and Airbnb.
One scholar, Kike Oniwinde, was also included in the 2019 Forbes ’30 under 30′ for founding the Black Young Professionals Networking app.
“This scholarship from Sky has contributed to my development as an entrepreneur,” Oniwinde commented. “Having that access to expert support has been beneficial and I’m incredibly grateful. I’m part of a community here, with people who are invested in helping me succeed.”
Applications for the programme are open until the end of April to women of any age and across any field of technology. This includes software development, broadcast engineering, AI and machine learning, robotics and digital.
Elaine Bucknor, Director for Group Technology Strategy at Sky, added: “Our hope is that the scholarships will make a real difference to the careers of these women – it will give them a chance to explore new avenues, build new skills and create successful businesses with the support of Sky.”