Two students have secured places on one of the most exciting university placement programmes in Scotland – working with space firm Skyrora.
Bethany Taylor and David King were selected from more than 100 applicants to join the programme, which will see them based at Skyrora’s production facility in Loanhead outside of Edinburgh.
David, an Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Sheffield and Bethany, a Mechanical Engineering student at University of Edinburgh, have joined Skyrora’s technical team – supporting manufacturing, vehicle launches and more Skyrora XL stage testing.
Commenting on the placements, Taylor said: “I am really looking forward to learning about how the business is run and having the chance to work on different projects, using the knowledge that I have learnt at university, on real life projects within Skyrora.”
King added: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the team at Skyrora, who are getting the UK back into space. It will be a great chance to push myself and learn from all the talented individuals who work here.”
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The UK space industry employs nearly 42,000 people across the country and generates an income of nearly £15 billion every year.
Scotland’s space industry is made up of 130+ companies and already employs more than 7,500 people.
Skyrora has established itself as one of the UK’s leading private rocket companies. It aims to launch its first rocket – the Skyrora XL – from a UK site in 2023.
Skyrora’s Graduate Placement Programme is highly regarded by UK Universities as a vital pathway to help propel young engineering talent into the rapidly developing space sector.
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Dr Jack James Marlow, Head of Engineering at Skyrora said: “2021 will be another important year for Skyrora as we move towards our first launch – an event that also will be of huge significance to the UK’s space industry ambitions.
“But to achieve our goal – and continue to support the focus on space as a growth sector in both Scotland and the UK – it’s vital we continue to engage with universities to forge and develop the new talent of the future.
“With 100+ applications, Skyrora’s placement programme has seen major interest from all over Europe.”
Skyrora offers technical positions for students at the start of each year, as well as summer internships.