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- Skills needs and shortages
- Space education and training
- Recruitment processes
- Space sector diversity
- Space jobs and career paths
The Space Skills Alliance is a not-for-profit think tank and consultancy working to address the skills shortage in the space sector.
It was set up in September 2019 by Joseph Dudley and Heidi Thiemann, who previously created SpaceCareers.uk, and have won multiple awards for their contributions to the space sector.
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National Space Sector Skills Survey launches today
The UK Space Agency has launched a new survey to understand the skills needs, recruitment and retention practices, and challenges faced by companies operating in the UK space sector.
New report finds half of space workforce joins by age 25
The Space Skills Alliance has today published the first report on how and why people join the UK space sector. Most people join the space sector at the start of their career, with around half (47%) joining as new graduates and over three-quarters (77%) having joined by the age of 35.
Space Skills Alliance to lead development of EU space competencies framework
The Space Skills Alliance is leading the development of a European space competencies framework as part of a major new Horizon Europe project, launched last month. Over the next three years, the ASTRAIOS project will identify space-related education and training across Europe, project future demand for space skills, and identify actions to align and improve the career pathways into the sector.
Space Skills Alliance directors named SSPI UK Space Personalities of the Year
Space Skills Alliance directors Joseph Dudley and Heidi Thiemann have been jointly named UK Space Personality of the Year by the UK Chapter of the Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) in recognition of "excellent work on space sector skills, employment, and diversity with the Space Skills Alliance".
5 Solutions to the Space Skills Gap
Today the Space Skills Alliance has set out 5 Solutions to the Space Skills Gap, a plan for expanding the space sector’s talent pool, increasing the number of experienced people, and making it easier for the sector to adapt to changing skills needs.
First report on the experiences of women in the UK space sector
The first report on women in the UK space sector has been published today by the Space Skills Alliance and the Space Growth Partnership's Space Skills Advisory Panel to coincide with World Space Week, which this year has a theme of ‘Women in Space’. It can be accessed here: spaceskills.org/women-report.
First pay data for the UK space sector
The first report on pay in the UK space sector has been published today by the Space Skills Alliance and the Space Growth Partnership's Space Skills Advisory Panel to coincide with the 2021 UK Space Conference. It can be accessed here: spaceskills.org/pay-report.
First results from the 2020 Space Census
The first in a series of reports on the results of the 2020 Space Census has been launched today by the Space Skills Alliance and the Space Growth Partnership's Space Skills Advisory Panel to coincide with British Science Week. It can be accessed here: spaceskills.org/census.
2020 Space Census Launches Today
The 2020 Space Census will, for the first time, establish the demographic make-up of UK space sector employees across industry, universities and government organisations.
Just 8% of space job adverts are any good
The average space job advert scores just 54 out of 100 according to new research by the Space Skills Alliance. Only 8% are rated ‘good’ with a score of 75 or more.
First space skills taxonomy published
The Space Skills Alliance today released the first competencies taxonomy to be developed specifically for the space sector.
Half of early career space jobs require programming
Almost half of early career space jobs require programming skills. This is according to new research by the Space Skills Alliance which looks at the demand for certain skills in space job adverts.
Space Skills Alliance launches
The Space Skills Alliance, a new think-tank working to address the skills shortage in the space sector launched today at the UK Space Conference at the International Convention Centre Wales.