We regularly take the opportunity to support initiatives promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, both in the UK and internationally. That way, Inmarsat and other pioneering science and technology industries can continue to tap into a qualified pool of talent.
Encouraging young people to acquire STEM knowledge and skills is crucial to the UK maintaining its position in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
“The government has made it crystal clear that STEM education represents the future of the UK economy and that everyone should play their part,” says James Cemmell, Vice President of Government Engagement at Inmarsat.
Since 2014, Inmarsat has invited students from City and Islington College’s Sixth Form College and Centre for Applied Sciences to apply for the Inmarsat Summer Strategy Challenge.
The annual six-week programme includes weekly workshops at our City Road headquarters in London, nearby the college, which enables students to gain invaluable knowledge from our experts and research their ideas. To date, candidates have investigated topics including the future of aviation connectivity; how to address the digital divide in less developed parts of the world; and satellite connectivity’s role in disaster relief.
Taking part in the challenge has helped students gain places in top tier universities. Five of the participants in the 2018 challenge were offered work experience placements at Inmarsat because of their enthusiasm and commitment.
Inmarsat is investing in the careers of future engineers by offering newly qualified STEM-based graduates a platform to develop a career in satellite communications.
The Technology Development Programme, introduced in 2015, is a unique two-year tailored work placement scheme, with the offer of a job at Inmarsat on completion.
Successful applicants are given an amazing opportunity to contribute to real space engineering programmes and establish themselves alongside some of the leading engineers in the field of satellite communications.
The scheme is open to graduates with a STEM-based degree, such as Computer Science, Engineering (Aeronautical, Electrical or Mechanical), Physics, Mathematics or Technology.