As the end of National Apprenticeship Week approaches, we take another look at the Space sector and the role it plays in creating opportunities and careers for young people across the globe.

The UK Space sector, growing at 8% per year, is at the cutting edge of exploring the universe and connecting people to the world around them. The sector, generated £14.2bn-worth of turnover and £5.4bn in exports in 2017, and directly employs 40,000 people and 1,400 apprentices.

The UK is home to innovative companies such as Reaction Engines, who are pioneering the next generation and space access propulsion.

We talk to Callum who is an apprentice at Reaction Engines in his third year. He has his A-Levels in maths, physics and engineering and has completed a BTEC level 3 in Mechanical Engineering.

What made you want to pursue a career in engineering?

After doing work experience in Year 10 at the MINI Plant Oxford, the work seemed quite interesting and it was quite a fun week. During Year 11 I went to the Unilever Aerosol factory in Leeds which confirmed my interest in engineering. I then went and did some more work experience during my A-levels.

Why did you choose to join Reaction Engines through the Apprenticeship Scheme?

Helping with the development of SABRE isn’t something you can do in any job, the experience from this apprenticeship would be completely different to any other. Each day, there is something new and exciting happening.

What has been the best thing about your apprenticeship?

Helping to design projects and seeing them through to the final part/assembly. It is also a great opportunity so if you get the chance, go for it.

What have you enjoyed learning the most throughout your apprenticeship?

I have enjoyed learning how to make and interpret drawings to then receive and machine them.

Read about other apprentices in our sectors – updated throughout National Apprenticeship Week.