Loughborough College students selected to train as future stars of the industry on the country’s first ever Space Engineering course are set to be guests at a major Houses of Parliament event on Wednesday 12 December 2012.
Twelve students from the brand new pioneering programme launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy are about to rub shoulders with leading figures representing a rapidly-expanding sector.
The space industry already employs around 30,000 people and contributes over £9 billion to the nation’s economy and a new government spending boost will add an extra £300 million of investment over the next five years.
“It is an industry set to triple in size and be worth £30 billion in less than two decades – and Loughborough College and the National Space Academy are leading the way in training for that industry,” said Dr Martin Killeen, Technology Business Development Manager at Loughborough College.
Students on the course have been invited to attend a reception hosted by the Parliamentary Space Committee, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers raising awareness of the benefits of Britain’s leading role in space and how it impacts on our everyday lives.
Dr Killeen added: “Our Level 3 course in Space Engineering gives high-calibre students academic and hands-on skills through an innovative blend of A-levels in Physics and Mathematics and BTEC Level 3 diploma in Engineering, taught in a space context. The course is backed by the UK Space Agency and the Institute of Engineering and Technology and both the space industry and the country’s top universities are very eager to talk to the course’s students.”
Anu Ojha, Director of Education and Space Communications at the National Space Academy, based at the National Space Centre in Leicester, said: “This is a very special group of students who have been chosen for a unique course. They have access to personnel and equipment at the College and the National Space Centre which would be the envy of any sixth former – and there are some incredibly exciting opportunities ahead of them in a truly dynamic industry.”