UK space industry: engineering apprenticeships set for takeoff

A new course – the space engineering technician apprenticeship – offers the chance to join an expanding industry

For young people eager to launch into the world of work, career horizons are expanding to infinity and beyond. The next generation of space engineers began training last month through a new apprenticeship scheme.

The space engineering technician apprenticeship is the first to be recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and is the result of a collaboration between the University of Leicester, the UK Space Agency and aerospace giant Airbus. The apprenticeship aims to provide young recruits with space-specific technical skills, including spacecraft manufacturing and design, testing and satellite integration. More than 50 apprentices will have started their training by the end of 2021, with plans to ramp up recruitment.

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