New Space Apprenticeship Program Offers Collaboration with Cornwall Spaceport

3rd Mar 2022
New Space Apprenticeship Program Offers Collaboration with Cornwall Spaceport

Cornwall Spaceport will provide support to a new space apprenticeship scheme being offered by Truro and Penwith College in Cornwall. The apprenticeship has been developed by Truro College’s Cornwall Spaceport and Aerospace Technology Training team and will offer a two-year work placement alongside a new HNC course. Trainees accepted onto the course will study at the college’s new £7 billion Valency building, which provides state-of-the-art access to engineering, manufacturing, and digital space technology. The apprenticeship hopes to induct new talent into Cornwall’s booming space sector, which is home to Spaceport Cornwall and the Goonhilly Earth Station.

Space Sector Encouraged to Supply Apprenticeship Vacancies

Employers across the Cornwall space sector, including those based at Cornwall Spaceport, are being encouraged to open up vacancies for new college apprentices. The space apprenticeship aims to offer successful applicants a range of diverse skills within the sector. Apprentices will have the opportunity to study a range of space sector roles, including telecommunications, satellite and rocket design, engineering, and the manufacturing process. The apprenticeship aims to channel new talent into the regional space sector, which is one of the most highly developed in the UK.

Space Apprenticeship Applications to Open March 2022

Applicants will be able to apply for the new Truro College apprenticeship in March 2022 to start the HNC course in September. Potential apprentices must have at least a Level 3 in a STEM subject or an Extended Diploma. Manager of the Cornwall Spaceport Aerospace Training Team, Heidi Thiemann, has expressed her excitement for the scheme and stressed the potential career benefits it provides. Cornwall Spaceport is due to launch the first rocket from British soil in collaboration with Virgin Orbit in 2022.

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