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    FIRST EVER STUDENTS ON UNIQUE UK SPACE COURSE INVITED TO WESTMINSTER

    December 7th, 2012

    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.”

    STUDENTS MEET TODAY AS UNIQUE LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE SPACE ENGINEERING COURSE NEARS LIFT OFF

    June 27th, 2012

    Students set to join the UK’s first ever Space Engineering course today launched into a range of exciting activities at Loughborough College.

     

    Paul Olbison, who is leading the College’e pioneering course, said the aim of the afternoon was to spark design and project ideas ahead of lift off in September.

     

    “It was about having fun, working together, getting to know each other and brain storming some great space engineering projects.

     

    “The last time we all met was at the National Space Centre and this was a chance for some more bonding and for everyone to get a real taste for the exciting work we will be starting soon.”

     

    Loughborough College is delivering the Space Engineering course with the National Space Centre and Dr Sarah Hill, Manager of the National Space Academy based at the Leicester Centre, joined everyone for today’s activities.

     

    Students selected for the Space Engineering course will study A-levels in Physics and Mathematics and a BTEC Level 3 diploma in Engineering.

     

     

    COUNTDOWN STARTS TODAY TO LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE AND NATIONAL SPACE ACADEMY LAUNCH OF FIRST EVER SPACE ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP

    June 22nd, 2012

    Project successes announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable signal the start of the countdown towards a unique programme set to launch future stars into the space industry.

    Following a competitive process, Loughborough College and the National Space Academy have announced their successful joint bid to develop the first ever Higher Apprenticeship course in Space Engineering.

    Designed to create high-level technicians for the space sector the pioneering country-wide programme, offering work-based, top quality degree-level training, will help sustain growth in an industry worth £7.5 billion to the UK economy.

    Announcing the final tranche of projects supported by a £25m fund, Business Secretary Vince Cable, said today: “Through the Higher Apprenticeship Fund we can target sectors where skills shortages are threatening to choke off growth.

    “They also help us break down the doors of professions that are not representative of the society in which we live. Higher Apprenticeships are an essential step in rebalancing our economy and building a fairer country where growth is spread evenly and opportunities not limited to the privileged.”

    “The Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering will provide an accessible route to engineering skills and employment for under-represented groups, particularly women,” said Dr Martin Killeen, Technology Business Development Manager at Loughborough College.

    “The Loughborough College and National Space Academy joint bid will create a national pathway for around 100 Higher Apprentices every year, funding a framework to deliver the Space Engineering course through partnerships between education providers and the companies employing the trainees at locations in England where space sector demand is greatest.

    “This is a major success for Loughborough College which will complement another UK first, our new Space Engineering Level 3 course, starting this September.”

    Anu Ojha, Director of Education and Space Communications at the National Space Centre in Leicester, home of the National Space Academy, added: ”One of the major potential hurdles that could stifle the space sector’s growth is a lack of high-level technical entrants.

    “These Higher Apprenticeships, starting in September 2013, will tackle this issue head on, strengthening the industry through these academically rigorous, sector-specific programmes with a focus on stimulating progression from Advanced Level into degree-level vocational pathways.”

    Skill Minister John Hayes said: “By radically increasing the number of degree level apprenticeships we are putting practical learning on a level footing with academic study. Doing an apprenticeship should be one of the best gateways to university-level study.”

    Niloofar Sarkari, Programme Manager at Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership added : “ It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Loughborough College to bid for this. This is fantastic news for Leicestershire and for the Space Industry as it will prepare young people with high level skills that the companies need.

    “We all know that there is a shortage of engineers and this Apprenticeship Framework and the opportunities it will provide will have a huge impact.”

    To find out more about today’s Higher Apprenticeships announcement go to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    Magna Parva Director Backs New Space Course

    November 11th, 2011

    Loughborough College this week launched an exciting new Space Engineering course at the National Space Centre in Leicester aimed at talented youngsters looking to forge a career in the space industry.

    Leicester-based Magna Parva work within the industry and Director Andrew Bowyer believes this is a great opportunity for students.

    He said: “This sort of course is desperately needed. This opportunity is something I would highly recommend.”

    Mr Bowyer started his career as an apprentice before undertaking a degree and believes the Engineering diploma component of the course will be hugely valuable.

    “I have always found that having that element of vocational training made doing my degree easier, I found it highly relevant,” he said.

    “We struggle to recruit motivated and talented individuals with the right enthusiasm and skill set.

    “What I really love about this course is that it gives you that mix of the inspirational part of being about space and the academic side.

    “There are lots of opportunities for employment and I would suggest that this is an area in which students could get a job.”

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    Course Launches at Space Centre

    November 9th, 2011

    Loughborough College have teamed up with the National Space Centre to design a brand new course aimed at aspiring engineers and scientists.

    Launched at the National Space Centre last night, the Space Engineering programme is the first of its kind in the UK.

    The course will include traditional A Levels in Physics and Maths as well as a vocational Engineering element delivered from a space perspective and is designed to equip youngsters with the skills they need to forge a career in the ever-expanding UK space industry.

    Lecturer Paul Olbison said: “We have put together a course that’s applicable to both industry and higher education to give students the choice to move in whichever direction they want to.

    “If they choose to move into industry then they will have the skills to do and will have a general qualification that engineering firms would be looking for.

    “They would also be able to go onto a number of university courses as well at the end of the course.”

    Teaching will be split between the Loughborough College site and the National Space Centre and students will be given the chance to undertake work experience as well as take part in master classes with industry experts.

    National Space Academy Director Anu Ojha added: “This course will open not only doors in space science but also for more traditional university courses like English and Maths that students would want to do.”

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