The final event of an outstanding National Apprenticeship Week saw Loughborough College’s Harrison Grossman reveal just some of the out of this world opportunities he is being given as a Space apprentice.
At the Employer Breakfast Briefing the 20 year old, who is studying on the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture at the College, offered an insight into his work with the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester.
Harrison began his apprenticeship three months ago with the Centre, with work there including the use of 3D microscopy to look at rare Martian meteorites; the assembly and testing of a new astrobiology space instrument prototype; using NX CAD software to model a new type of ring light to be used in forensics and the building and testing of a new medical device prototype, using a Raspberry Pi, so that different software protocols can be developed by clinicians.
John Holt, from the Space Research Centre, explained how an apprentice like Harrison brings fresh ideas and new skills they have learned in College and a modern perspective as well as providing commitment and a valued pair of hands to support the team.
Gemma Knott, Director of Business Development at Loughborough College welcomed John Holt and Harrison Grossman together with a range of employers from the region to a packed event in the College’s Radmoor Restaurant.
The Briefing offered practical advice and guidance on funding opportunities for organisations, apprenticeship recruitment and training for existing staff.
Rob Belcher, Commercial Manager at Loughborough College, said: “We explained about the support given to our students to help ready them for work and showed how we can help employers recruit apprentices from our eager pool of talent approaching the end of their courses. There was also advice on how new funding and the upskilling it can help provide to existing staff can positively impact businesses.
“It was a fantastic turnout from a spectrum of businesses and Harrison and John offered an extremely interesting and valuable insight from both perspectives into the benefits of an apprenticeship.”
Pictured: Loughborough College’s Harrison Grossman talks about his Space apprenticeship