Sky today announced details of five Sky Academy TV Scholarships to be made available for successful applicants on the existing Sky partnered courses run by the National Film and Television School


Sky today announced details of five Sky Academy TV Scholarships to be made available for successful applicants on the existing Sky partnered courses run by the National Film and Television School

Sky today announced details of five Sky Academy TV Scholarships to be made available for successful applicants on the existing Sky partnered courses run by the National Film and Television School

The scholarships will fully fund three places on the Broadcast Production course and two on the Digital Content and Formats course. The scholarships are part of Sky Academy - a set of initiatives which aims to use the power of television, creativity and sport to give up to one million young people opportunities to build skills, experience and self-belief. As an industry partner, Sky already supports both these courses by providing placements and mentoring.

The scholarships will be offered to young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim of supporting and encouraging individuals who may not otherwise have considered a career in the media. There will be a particular focus on supporting students from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and disabled talent. This reflects Sky’s determination to encourage diversity and inclusion in its business on the basis that having a workforce that is more representative of its customer base means that the decisions it takes and the content it produces will better reflect their interests.

Sky’s Managing Director of Content, Sophie Turner Laing said:
“Part of our commitment to developing home grown content is about investing in the next generation of production talent. Fundamental to this is ensuring everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to get a start in the industry. We are therefore delighted to strengthen our partnership with NFTS by offering these five new scholarships”.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries expressed his support, commenting:
“It’s great to see Sky driving and encouraging access into the creative industries for young people through the Sky Academy TV Scholarships. The creative industries are the fastest growing sector in the UK, and these scholarships help to ensure that the industry is open, diverse and accessible, whilst equipping the next generation with the skills they need”.

National Film and Television School Director, Nik Powell said:
“The NFTS is proud to partner with Sky on these two courses. The five fantastic Sky scholarships will enable the NFTS to attract the most talented students, regardless of background, to be trained to the highest standards.”

The NFTS Broadcast Production course provides training for vision mixers, sound, lighting and camera specialists. As part of the course, students receive a six-week placement at Sky and then one student receives a three-month paid placement at the end of the course. All students also receive a mentor at Sky.
Launched earlier this year, the NFTS Digital Content and Formats course trains students in interactive and new media skills. All students receive mentoring from Sky and one student will receive a three month paid placement at the end of the course.

In addition to the funding, each scholar will receive:


  • Group mentoring session with Sky’s Managing Director of Content, Sophie Turner Laing
  • One year’s free membership of the Royal Television Society, which includes one year’s free membership of The Hospital Club
  • Networking opportunities within RTS and BAFTA including invitation to industry events and chance to join BAFTA Crew online master classes
  • An opportunity for a place on the BAFTA Youth Board


Applications close on 5th June 2014 and further information can be found at: www.sky.com/academy/tv_scholarships

In addition to opportunities at the National Film School, Sky will also be awarding one scholarship to a student taking the Broadcast Production MA at Ireland’s National Film School, part of the Irish Institute of Arts, Design and technology. As part of the scholarship they will receive mentoring from Sky and the opportunity for a placement within the industry.