Plans to invest an extra £300 million and triple the size of Britain’s space industry announced by the government mean more good news for Loughborough College’s unique programmes training its future stars.
The College has just launched a pioneering post-16 Space Engineering course in association with the National Space Academy and is developing the country’s first ever Higher Apprenticeship course in Space Engineering for a rapidly-expanding sector which already employs around 30,000 and contributes over £9 billion to the nation’s economy.
But not only are there now plans for Britain to pump an extra £60 million into the European Space Agency every year for the next five years, taking its annual investment to £240 million, but the country will also become the Agency’s headquarters for telecoms satellite monitoring.
“Loughborough College’s Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering will create high-level technicians with work-based, top quality degree-level training, meeting space sector demand across the country – and it’s complemented by another UK first in our new Space Engineering Level 3 course,” said Dr Martin Killeen, Technology Business Development Manager at Loughborough College.
“This cash injection and the new role for Britain as the European Space Agency telecoms satellite monitoring HQ reinforces the government’s commitment to making us a main player in the sector.
“Loughborough College and the National Space Academy are leading the way in training for an industry set to be worth £30 billion in less than two decades.”
Announcing the investment at the Royal Society in London, chancellor George Osborne said, “We are now at a watershed where space… impacts on our everyday lives. Live transmissions of news and sports are driven by satellite telcommunications, and satellites are bringing broadband to rural communities across the UK…”
Loughborough College’s Space Engineering Level 3 course launched in September this year. The Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering will launch in September 2013.Tags: European Space Agency, Loughborough, Loughborough College, National Space Academy, space, Space Engineering