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15 April 2024 - Scotland's space sector - Oral evidence

Committee Scottish Affairs Committee
Inquiry Scotland's space sector

Monday 15 April 2024

Start times: 2:30pm (private) 3:00pm (public)

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Does Scotland have the skills to rocket-boost its space sector?

The Scottish Affairs Committee examines whether Scotland has the right mix of skills in its workforce to support the growth of its burgeoning space sector.

MPs on the cross-party Committee question experts on skills gaps which could be holding the space sector back, how young people learning STEM subjects can be attracted and retained, and government’s role in supporting space businesses to invest in their workforce. 

Meeting details

At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Scotland's space sector
Director at Space Skills Alliance
Director of Industry and Enterprise Networks at Skills Development Scotland
Head of Projects at Fife College
Head of Innovation and STEM at City of Glasgow College
Chief Executive at Glasgow Science Centre

There will also be questions about how the UK and Scottish governments can nurture a diverse workforce in the sector, and how successfully the space sector competes with other industries for highly skilled workers.

According to UK Government figures, there are more than 180 space companies in Scotland supporting over 8,500 jobs. Despite a decline in jobs linked to one of the sector’s biggest areas, direct-to-home broadcasting, overall it is growing rapidly, with industry income increasing by 30 per cent between 2018 and 2021. 


Room 8, Palace of Westminster

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