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08 March 2017

Team Fostering an environment for the next generation is important to us here at Clyde Space and without sounding like too much of a cliché - they are our future.  We realised that not everyone has the same learning style and that a more practical hands-on experience would be better suited to some. That’s why we provide apprenticeship placements for some of the brightest young minds at our HQ right here in Glasgow.

We fully support our apprentices to attend further education whilst gaining work experience here at Clyde Space, benefiting from our in-house training and of course the added bonus of ‘earning while they are learning’.

The Clyde Space apprentices have gladly offered to be involved in our latest blog to help spread the word and inspire future apprentices with their stories during #ScotAppWeek17….



I’m an Apprentice Spacecraft Hardware Engineer here at Clyde Space

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who wants to work in Engineering. Learning whilst working in the industry gives you an insight into the real world and how companies function.

My work largely involves the acceptance testing of our products throughout the production stage to ensure they are fully functional and of high quality. I’m currently being trained to use our environmental testing facility here at Clyde Space.  This is different to normal testing as it tests the products in a launch and orbit environment.

Becoming an apprentice was always an idea I played around with in my head from a young age. Most of my family were apprentices and went on to be well established engineers in their field. Hearing their stories influenced my decision to become an apprentice and therefore I’d like to do the same for someone else.

Since the start of my apprenticeship, I have completed; an SVQ2, an HNC in Engineering Systems at Anniesland College and my onsite training SVQ3. Next year I will be starting a part-time degree in Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering, whilst continuing to work at Clyde Space.

My long-term career goal is to become a Design and Test Engineer.

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I’m a Manufacturing Apprentice here at Clyde Space

I am the first manufacturing apprentice in Clyde Space, a fact that I am very proud of!

My motivation in becoming an apprentice was that I could achieve multiple objectives from one role. It’s a way to make money, achieve qualifications and work experience simultaneously for the job I wanted to go on and do in years to come.

I attend college and am studying towards my SVQ level 2 in Electrical Studies. Next year I will hopefully be doing the HNC in Manufacturing.

I’m still at a crossroads with my long-term career goal, I either want to go to university to study Product Design Engineering or Business Management. My apprenticeship within Clyde Space allows me to experience a bit of both fields.

My advice to people considering an apprenticeship would be; know what you need/want at the end of your apprenticeship and try and shape your way there instead of just sitting it out and see where you end up.



I’m an Apprentice Test Engineer here at Clyde Space


I realised early on that sitting in a classroom or lecture all day wasn’t for me. I wanted a more practical hands on experience and realised that an apprenticeship was the ideal gateway to achieve my long-term goals.

A normal day for me consists of testing and fault finding spacecraft hardware.

I’m currently studying mathematics, physics and electronics at college whilst working at Clyde Space in pursuit of my long-term ambition of becoming a Design Engineer.

If I was to give one piece of advice to someone considering an apprenticeship, it would be to be prepared to work hard and know that it’s OK to make mistakes. It is by far the best way to improve and grow.


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I’m an Apprentice Spacecraft Hardware Engineer here at Clyde Space


The idea that you “earn while you learn” was the main reason I chose to become an apprentice, instead of going to college or university full time.

I’m currently learning how to fully test space flight hardware and ensuring it is within the specifications required for space flight.

I am currently studying NC Electrical Engineering at college and will continue my studies within this field in the coming years.

My long-term career goal is to become a fully qualified Test Engineer here at Clyde Space.

The one piece of advice I would give to people considering an apprenticeship is to simply -  do it! You will get the qualifications you want whilst being paid.

Being part of a team while you are learning will provide you with opportunities to learn from other professionals with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Most importantly, once your apprenticeship is finished you will have a job waiting for you at the end!