Building next generation telescopes, engineering spacecraft, studying the solar system and outer reaches of the cosmos: these are just some of the innovative and exciting roles that could be yours if you choose a career in Space.

The opportunities are vast and endless with new technologies meaning that new roles are being created quicker than ever before. Space is one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors, particularly within the 'Golden Triangle' (Oxfordshire, Cambridge, London), so here is our guide to creating a career in Space from right here in Buckinghamshire.

FACTS AND FIGURES:


  • The specialised Westcott Space Cluster is located near Aylesbury. Here, it houses a growing number of space-related companies who are fast developing emerging technologies in fields such as rocket propulsion, 5G communications and autonomous systems. The Business Incubation Centre at Westcott also encourages the development of new companies in these areas.
  • The Westcott site has 10 years of big development plans underway which are anticipated to create 2,300 highly-skilled jobs in manufacturing and over 1,000 on-site technical apprenticeships.
  • A nationally-recognised facility for testing high-tech space propulsion systems lives within Westcott Venture Park - it is called the National Propulsion Test Facility.
  • Buckinghamshire is ranked 6th out of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships for employment within the Space sector, as well as ranking 11th in Aerospace.
  • The Westcott 5G Step-Out Centre is vital to the UK’s 5G ecosystem. It helps to develop innovation and product prototyping. 
  • The Westcott Innovation Centre also offers businesses the opportunity to hire specialist equipment for light mechanical engineering and rapid prototyping within their flexible facility.

THE WORKFORCE:


There are a number of key employers within the Space sector in Buckinghamshire, including Reaction Engines, Nammo, European Astrotech, Airborne Engineering and Surrey Satellites. Each of these companies work either nationally or internationally to create and develop emerging technologies for our Space sector.

Completing qualifications or apprenticeships in Engineering can help to access roles within these companies.

ROUTES INTO THE SPACE INDUSTRY:


Looking to get into the Space Industry? You can find a variety of courses to launch your career right here in Buckinghamshire. Engineering and Science-based courses are common to study when you want to have a career in the Space sector. Use the list below as a starting point for what you could study to get you there. 

  • Milton Keynes College has engineering courses available from post-16 up to level 5 (HND), including a specialist Aeronautical Engineering course where you specialise in the knowledge and application of aerospace study. 
  • Cranfield University offer many courses relating to the Space sector, from Astronautics to Aerospace Vehicle Design.
  • Bucks New Uni offers 8 undergraduate and 5 postgraduate aviation courses.

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Could this be the right sector for you?

A fast-growing industry with a wide variety of opportunities and a chance to work with new technologies, space is a sector that might spark your curiosity.

The Westcott Space Cluster near Aylesbury is home to space-related companies that are working on rocket propulsion, 5G communications, and autonomous vehicle technologies.

They are creating over 2,000 new jobs and more than 1,000 apprenticeships over the next ten years.

The types of jobs include:

  • Engineers

  • Programmers

  • Graphic designers

  • Software developers

Some skills that are needed:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills


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