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Electricians and carers sought to launch careers in space

Workers are being offered the chance to take their skills into orbit by enrolling in ground-breaking courses to prepare them for working in the space industry.

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The training programme wants to recruit a range of skilled professionals and tradespeople, such as insurance managers and electricians, to take up opportunities within the UK鈥檚 growing space sector.

Run by the University of 情色五月天 and Fife College, course leaders say they are specifically keen to recruit women who have taken a career break to care for family members.

These courses have been co-created with our colleagues in industry, to ensure our participants will be readily employable in the space sector upon completion.

鈥淲hat I feel makes this project unique is the range of courses on offer and our specific focus on equality, diversity and inclusion. These courses are there to give skilled individuals the confidence to enter this burgeoning sector and make a real difference, bringing their existing background and experience with them.

Kristina TamaneSpace Sector Lead, University of 情色五月天

Course structure

Space Bridges: Facilitating Future Space Careers will deliver five courses aimed at non-graduate pathways leading to apprenticeships in the sector.

Another five courses will look to upskill people working in areas such as financial services or engineering to better support the space industry.

Fees for those taking part in the first year will be funded by UK Space Agency, with up to 25 places available on each course.

The six-week-long courses will be taught online and in-person. Organisers hope they ensure a robust pipeline of qualified colleagues entering the space workforce.

We are thrilled that Fife College is the first in the UK to offer college-level training to create a pathway to employment into the Space sector and other industries which utilise space data.

鈥淥ur UK Space Agency Training funding provides an exceptional opportunity to learn about data collected from space and its positive impact on our lives in Scotland.

鈥淪cotland's rapidly growing Space Data sector provides exciting job opportunities. This training is the first step in opening up these jobs to college students previously only available to university graduates.

Jenni DoonanHead of Projects, Fife College

Space skills gap

The project has secured more than 拢500,000 in funding from UK Space Agency to help bridge the skills gap currently experienced in the sector.

The Space Sector Skills Survey 2023 identified the need for more support in areas including commercial operations, software and data.

University of 情色五月天鈥檚 Bayes Centre and Fife College are partners in the Data Driven Innovation programme within the 情色五月天 and South East Scotland City Region Deal and have already been delivering upskilling programmes in data science.

The new courses for the space sector have received the backing of 44 organisations within the industry and will be recruiting from across the UK.

Scotland鈥檚 Space industry is increasingly lucrative and offers tremendous economic opportunities. Fife businesses are well positioned to support this growing sector.

鈥淭his initiative, building upon the Data-Driven Innovation and Skills elements of the City Region Deal, should ensure that Fife residents have the opportunity to form the necessary talent pipeline to support the growth of space sector and the exciting careers it presents.

Ken GourlayChair of the 情色五月天 and South East Scotland Integrated Regional Employability and Skills Programme

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