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Space professionals visit Alton College for ‘Careers in Space’ event

May 3, 2024

Several industry experts came together to partake in Alton College’s space-themed career fair ahead of the highly anticipated Space Technologies Programme launch later this year.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

A range of employers, organisations and individuals from the space industry, who boast a range of knowledge and experience in the field met with students from the College and local feeder schools to inspire and educate the next generation of space industry professionals.

The careers fair was not only an excellent chance for individuals to find out more about the industry and potential career opportunities, but it also provided the opportunity for students to find out more about the up-and-coming Space Technologies Programme launching at Alton College in September 2024.

The Space Technologies Programme is a unique and exciting programme created in collaboration with Space South Central, which is the largest space cluster in the UK. The programme will offer students the opportunity to go to Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey to complete a Level 4 module in Space Engineering alongside studying A Levels in Maths, Physics and an Extended Certificate in Engineering.



This excellent opportunity is a result of an investment of over half a million pounds from the North Hampshire and Surrey Local Skills Improvement Fund which in turn will enable students to benefit from opportunities from a number of key employers in the space and satellite industry.

Speaking on the event, Assistant Principal for A Levels and Vocational Curriculum Ashley Grute said:

“It was fantastic to see so many students from schools and our college come to our ‘Careers in Space’ event. 

We are really grateful to all of the Space and Satellite sector’s key employers and universities who supported this event, and we are really proud to be working with them on our Space

Chris Dorn

Chris Dorn

Technologies programme to inspire the next generation of talent for this industry.”

In addition to visiting a range of stands and viewing the latest equipment, students were also able to listen to a presentation from Chris Dorn who explained his journey into the industry whilst giving students a further insight into what it could look like to work in the sector.

Zoe Bowden, who was representing Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) added:

“It has been really great to be able to talk about

Zoe Bowden

Zoe Bowden, who was representing SSTL

the Space Technology Programme and we are really excited to work with Alton College.

The event has also been a great opportunity to let students know that degrees aren’t the only routes into the space industry, for example, there are other options such as Apprenticeships.”

A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the event a huge success!

For more on our Space Technologies Programme, click here.