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The aim of the new Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering from Loughborough College, in association with the National Space Academy and the University of Leicester, is to ensure a steady flow of highly-trained, highly-qualified entrants into the industry.
Minister for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock was at the launch and told ITV of its importance in staying ahead of the opposition: “The Space Engineering Higher Apprenticeship will help people get into this fast-expanding industry.”
Speaking to ITV about the degree-level, work-based programme Dr Martin Killeen, Head of Technology at Loughborough College, explained: “There is predicted to be a real skills shortage in the next five or six years so this programme is designed to help the space industry meet that shortage.
“We need to get rid of the old image of engineering being boys in suits with grubby hands – this is a very clean, high-tech, high-profit industry which needs a highly-skilled and highly academic intake.”