The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Sky campus in West London next Tuesday, to open the new Sky Academy Careers Lab.
Sky Academy was launched in 2013, to help young students unlock their potential through television, creativity and sport. Through a range of initiatives, Sky provides young people with the tools to develop skills and confidence in their work, and, by doing so, to create opportunities for 1 million people in the UK and Ireland by 2020. The Academy’s initiatives include the Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’, Sky Academy Skills Studios, Sky Academy Scholarships and Sky Academy Starting Out. Sky Academy’s headquarters are situated in the Believe in Better Building in the Sky campus.
The Careers Lab offers one day careers experience for young people between 16 to 19 years old, with the aim to give students an insight into careers in media, business and technology. One hundred people participate in the program every week, and begin to develop the skills necessary in order to succeed.
During their visit, Prince Charles and Camilla will take a tour of the Sky Sports News HQ and Sky Studios, where they will meet sixth form students who are taking part in the Careers Lab experience. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet with a number of Sky Executives and News Presenter, as well as Sky Academy Sports and Arts Scholars, and participants of the Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ initiative.
Prince Charles has always displayed a determination to encourage training opportunities for young people. In 2013, he launched Industrial Cadets, which provides apprenticeships in manufacturing and engineering to thousands, and since 1976, The Prince’s Trust has been supporting and mentoring those who need help in skill-based activities.
The Prince of Wales is very familiar with television and film, being the Patron of the Royal Television Society. Last year, he instigated a Craft Skill Masterclass for students who wish for a future in the broadcasting industry. His visit to the Sky Academy is yet another chance for him to highlight the importance of film production skills in the youth.
Charles and Camilla will also will mark the success of the Sky Rainforest Rescue partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, which grew out of Sky’s participation in The Prince’s Rainforest Project. The new Sky Academy campus, which is one of the largest centres of employment in West London, is entirely sustainable.
At present, Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving over 20 million customers across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Employing more than 25,000 people in the UK alone, and with a programming budget of around £4.6 billion, Sky had an annual revenue of over £11 billion.
Featured photo credit: © Chloe Howard 2014