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Apprenticeship offers career in space industry

The first Apprenticeship of its kind will begin in September Photo: Loughborough College

A unique programme is set to launch people into the space industry and it is based here in the Midlands, Loughborough.

This comes as today the Government announced funding for a Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering.

Loughborough College and the National Space Academy have announced their joint bid to develop the very first Higher Apprenticeship course in Space Engineering.

The funding tackles the potential problem of a lack of high-level technical entrants which could stifle the space sector's growth.

The course is designed to create high-levels technicians for the space sector.

The country-wide programme will help sustain growth in an industry worth a huge £7.5 billion to the UK.

This September the first Apprenticeship of its kind will begin firstly aiming with Level 3 aimed at 16 year olds and is a combination of A-Level and BTech, then from 2013 students will be able to move to Level 5 aimed at 18 year-olds.