Space expo offers up career help

An exhibition has been held in the county for students wanting to explore future careers in space and engineering.

The Great North East Space and Engineering Expo, led by Ashington Learning Partnership (ALP), aimed to attract the stars of the future to the emerging sector.

Andy Gaskell, STEM and enterprise strategic lead for the ALP, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for space and technology and as a region we have an incredibly rich space heritage.

“The expo is a key opportunity to really capture students’ imaginations and harness an interest in a sector that is worth £9bn annually to Britain’s economy.

“With a host of exhibitors, workshops and guest speakers the aim was to really enthuse and inform pupils about what is possible for them in the north east in terms of careers in science technology and engineering.”

Hundreds of Year 7 to Year 12 students from 13 schools across the region including Chantry Middle School in Morpeth, and Hirst Park Middle School in Ashington, attended the space seminar where they participated in a range of workshops and heard from industry experts and employers.

Dr Kierann Shah, National Space Academy manager, added: “It is really great to have an event like this in the north east of England as the UK space sector continues to grow.”