Out of the world success for Space Engineering graduates

A graduate from the UK’s first post-16 space engineering advanced A-level programme at Loughborough College has secured an out-of-this-world apprenticeship with leading aerospace company Airbus.

The two-year course was launched in September 2012 and the first wave of 11 graduates completed in June.

It combined A-level maths and physics with BTec engineering and weekly visits to the National Space Centre, in Leicester, where they met NASA astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield in January.

Graduate Nigel Grainger has now secured an undergraduate apprenticeship with leading aerospace company Airbus.

He said: “I’ll be working with a company set to be involved in the UK’s first ever space port.

“It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.”

Another graduate Jessica Bains has also secured a full scholarship with the University of South Florida for a master’s degree in physics with maths and engineering.

She said: “I won’t be far from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, so it’s a dream come true.

“Eventually, I hope to work with the European Space Agency.”

Space course lifts off at town college

The Minister for Skills and Enterprise MP Matthew Hancock visited the college to take a look first-hand at a programme the college says “will meet the demands of an industry which already employs around 30,000 and contributes over £9bn to the nation’s economy.”
The pioneering programme follows the success of the Loughborough College and National Space Academy’s 16 plus Space Engineering course.
Mr Hancock said: “Space Engineering Apprenticeships are a great launch pad for a stratospheric career.
“Since becoming Skills Minister I have said that I want the new norm to be for young people to choose to go to university or become an apprentice.
With the introduction of exciting and new apprenticeships like this, it is becoming a reality.
“Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, I would like to encourage young people to think about a career in this stimulating and fast moving sector.
“I’m sure there will be opportunities for apprentices working in this sector to be involved in some innovative and exciting projects.”
Dr Martin Killeen, head of technology at Loughborough College, said: “Delivered through partnerships between education providers including Loughborough College, the National Space Academy and the University of Leicester and the space industry companies employing the trainees, the programme will target locations across England where demand is greatest.
“Significant issues have been identified regarding graduates emerging from university without the skills mix required for space engineering.
“We have worked extensively with the space industry to develop our Higher Apprenticeship programme to ensure it combines both the work-based skills and the knowledge which meet employers’ needs.
“This Higher Apprenticeship addresses the lack of high-level entrants into the space engineering industry, with its ageing staff demographic.
“Young people who might traditionally not have had the opportunity to access this sector will now be offered the chance to work in this rapidly-growing industry. Employers will no longer have to rely on graduates and will be able to find enthusiastic and talented staff to develop and meet their specific needs.
“The Higher Apprenticeship will provide a route into a huge range of potential roles in the space industry both in the UK and internationally.”

Space Engineering stars on TV and radio for A level results day

BBC TV, BBC Radio Five Live, ITV Central News, ITV online, BBC Radio Leicester, Oak FM, the Leicester Mercury and the Loughborough Echo all featured the country’ss first ever post 15 Space Engineering course around 2014 A-level results day at Loughborough College.

Despite warnings around major A-level changes this year students achieved highly at Loughborough College – including the first in the country to study Space Engineering.

Exams watchdog Ofqual predicted a shift from testing twice in January and June to getting only one chance in summer would cause increased volatility in A-level results this year but at Loughborough College there were celebrations as 93% of students taking three A-levels or more passed them all.

The first ever students to complete the unique post-16 Space Engineering course, launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy, picked up results which have secured them international job and top University offers.

Jessica Bains has been accepted by the University of South Florida on a full scholarship to study for a Masters degree in Physics with Maths and Engineering.

Nigel Grainger has won a place with leading aerospace company Airbus, set to be involved in the development of the UK’s first spaceport.

 

Completion of first space engineering course celebrated

At Loughborough College, Nigel Grainger, 18, was celebrating the completion of the country’s first space engineering course, made up of maths, mechanics and physics subjects. He picked up Bs in maths and physics and a double distinction in BTEC Engineering and is set to take up a position at aircraft manufacturer Airbus, who will put him through university.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed the course and being able to workicon1.png with a company and be put through university is amazing.”

BBC Today programme highlights Loughborough College

Loughborough College Space student Nigel Grainger has been talking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about his plans for the future 

One of the first ever students to complete the country’s only post-16 Space Engineering course, Nigel was recently honoured  with the Professor George Fraser Award for Academic Achievement and this morning featured on the programme with business correspondent Joe Lynam, talking about his choice to take an apprenticeship rather than a University route into the industry.

“I don’t want to just sit in a classroom. I want to be using my knowledge and learning new skills on the job. Not building up a debt and earning money while I do it is obviously a bonus.”

After deciding that rather than go to University alone, he wanted to go in a more ‘hands on’ direction Nigel won a coveted position with top aerospace company Airbus.

Nigel told Loughborough College: “Because the Space Engineering course combines A-levels in Maths and Physics with BTEC Engineering taught in a space context you get a combination of academic and practical skills which open so many doors.

“I was thrilled when I found out Airbus were offering me a place on their Undergraduate Apprenticeship.

“It’s a mix of workplace experience and study over four years, with a salary, which also gives me a University degree at the end of it.”

Launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy in 2012, the two-year Space Engineering course has seen students enjoy a host of high-profile experiences including a message from Professor Brian Cox, a Parliamentary Space Committee reception at the House of Commons, meetings with Government ministers and even with astronaut and You Tube star Colonel Chris Hadfield.

The pioneering group have amongst them received more than 20 offers from top Universities with one student securing a place with the University of South Florida to study for a Masters degree in Physics with Maths and Engineering on a full scholarship.

Dr Martin Killeen, Head of Technology at Loughborough College, added: “Our post-16 Space Engineering course and our newly-launched 18+ Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering – which offers work-based, degree-level training developed with the National Space Academy, the University of Leicester and the space sector – are creating brand new pathways into an exciting and rapidly-expanding industry.

“The space industry is due to grow fourfold and be worth £40 billion in less than two decades and already employs around 30,000, contributing over £9 billion to the nation’s economy.”

Students aim for the stars in space course

Certificates and trophies were awarded for dedication and academic achievement at Leicester’s National Space Centre for the pioneering group who have received more than 20 offers from top universities in the US as well as the UK, prestigious scholarships and a coveted place with a leading global company.
Launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy in 2012, the two-year course has seen students enjoy a host of high-profile experiences including a message from Professor Brian Cox, a Parliamentary Space Committee reception at the House of Commons and meetings with Science and Universities Minister David Willetts, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock and astronaut and YouTube star Colonel Chris Hadfield.
One of the night’s award winners, Jessica Bains, has been accepted by the University of South Florida to study for a Masters degree in physics with maths and engineering, and has been offered a full scholarship.
Professor George Fraser Award for Academic Achievement winner Nigel Grainger has won a place with top aerospace company Airbus.

First ever UK Space students reach for stars on A level results day at Loughborough College

Despite warnings around major A-level changes this year students achieved highly at Loughborough College – including the first in the country to study Space Engineering.

Exams watchdog Ofqual predicted a shift from testing twice in January and June to getting only one chance in summer would cause increased volatility in A-level results this year but at Loughborough College there were celebrations as 93% of students taking three A-levels or more passed them all.

The first ever students to complete the unique post-16 Space Engineering course, launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy, picked up results which have secured them international job and top University offers.

Jessica Bains has been accepted by the University of South Florida on a full scholarship to study for a Masters degree in Physics with Maths and Engineering.

Nigel Grainger has won a place with leading aerospace company Airbus, set to be involved in the development of the UK’s first spaceport.

A staggering 13 subjects saw 100% of students pass and nearly two thirds of students overall achieved grades A*- C, continuing an upward trend at the College.

English Language achieved100% pass rates for the sixth year running with 86% of students scoring A*-C – up a massive 25% from last year. Double Award Business Studies also achieved 100% pass rate for the sixth year running.

Every Maths student at the College passed for the fourth year running with 85% achieving A*-C and 38% A*-A Maths, Biology and Chemistry students all achieved

BBC Today Programme Highlights Space Engineering Course

Loughborough College Space student Nigel Grainger has been talking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about his plans for the future.

One of the first ever students to complete the country’s only post-16 Space Engineering course, Nigel was recently honoured  with the Professor George Fraser Award for Academic Achievement and this morning featured on the programme with business correspondent Joe Lynam, talking about his choice to take an apprenticeship rather than a University route into the industry.

“I don’t want to just sit in a classroom. I want to be using my knowledge and learning new skills on the job. Not building up a debt and earning money while I do it is obviously a bonus.”

After deciding that rather than go to University alone, he wanted to go in a more ‘hands on’ direction Nigel won a coveted position with top aerospace company Airbus.

Nigel told Loughborough College: “Because the Space Engineering course combines A-levels in Maths and Physics with BTEC Engineering taught in a space context you get a combination of academic and practical skills which open so many doors.

“I was thrilled when I found out Airbus were offering me a place on their Undergraduate Apprenticeship.

“It’s a mix of workplace experience and study over four years, with a salary, which also gives me a University degree at the end of it.”

Launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy in 2012, the two-year Space Engineering course has seen students enjoy a host of high-profile experiences including a message from Professor Brian Cox, a Parliamentary Space Committee reception at the House of Commons, meetings with Government ministers and even with astronaut and You Tube star Colonel Chris Hadfield.

The pioneering group have amongst them received more than 20 offers from top Universities with one student securing a place with the University of South Florida to study for a Masters degree in Physics with Maths and Engineering on a full scholarship.

Dr Martin Killeen, Head of Technology at Loughborough College, added: “Our post-16 Space Engineering course and our newly-launched 18+ Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering – which offers work-based, degree-level training developed with the National Space Academy, the University of Leicester and the space sector – are creating brand new pathways into an exciting and rapidly-expanding industry.

“The space industry is due to grow fourfold and be worth £40 billion in less than two decades and already employs around 30,000, contributing over £9 billion to the nation’s economy.”

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Loughborough College students reach for stars after unique space course

The first ever students to complete the country’s only post-16 Space Engineering course have been honoured by Loughborough College at a glittering ceremony marking their achievements – including international job and University offers.

Certificates and trophies were awarded for dedication and academic achievement for the pioneering group who amongst them have received more than 20 offers from top Universities in the US as well as the UK, prestigious scholarships and a coveted place with a leading global company.

Launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy in 2012, the two-year course has seen students enjoy a host of high-profile experiences including a message from Professor Brian Cox, a Parliamentary Space Committee reception at the House of Commons and meetings with Science and Universities Minister David Willetts, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock and astronaut and YouTube star Colonel Chris Hadfield.

One of the night’s award winners, Jessica Bains, has been accepted by the University of South Florida to study for a Masters degree in Physics with Maths and Engineering and has been offered a full scholarship.

Professor George Fraser Award for Academic Achievement winner Nigel Grainger has won a place with top aerospace company Airbus.