Early Career Opportunities

Satellite Manufacture

Start your career in Outer SPace!

At Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) we are committed to developing young people into the stars of tomorrow.

We offer several avenues which will help you start your career in out of space, from Work Experience to our Early Careers Programmes.


Here at SSTL we offer a variety Work Experience for young people to gain knowledge & skills within the Space industry.

School Work Experience

Designed for those aged 11-18 years old, this Work Experience offers a hands on experience across several different Engineering Functions helping them to gain a better understanding of the space industry and see if they would like a career in space.

This week long Work Experience takes place over the school holidays and has around 6-8 aspiring Engineers per week.

Industrial Placement Work Experience

Designed for those aged 18 – 21 years old currently studying at University, this work experience offers more exposure to the company and the way we work, helping them gain an in depth knowledge of an Engineering Function suitable to their studies, whilst getting to work alongside some of our most experienced employees.

This Work Experience takes place over a 6-12 month period and has around 2-4 students per year.


For young people who have decided a career in space is for them we also offer a variety of Early Careers Programmes, which allow them to gain Knowledge & Skills across a variety of functions; from Engineering to IT.

Graduate Programme

Designed for those who have recently graduated, our Graduate Programme expands on the skills and knowledge gained through studying a degree, whilst giving the opportunity to work with our experience employees and build on the job experience.

Our Graduate Programme takes place over 2 years, and has an average intake of around 6-8 graduates per programme.

Apprenticeship Programme

Design for those who have recently completed A-Levels or equivalent, our Apprenticeship Programmes are a great opportunity to gain a recognised degree qualification whilst developing on-the-job experience and building a career in space.

Our Apprenticeship Programme takes place over 4 years and has an average intake of around 4-6 apprentices per programme.


All Work Experience & Early Career Programme opportunities are advertised on our online portal and all applications must be made via the online portal. We are unable to accept applications via email.

SSTL Work Experience Programme

Our one week Work Experience Programme takes place over the June, July and August and offers students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience within different areas of the business, helping you to decide on what you would like to study further.

We are thrilled to be able offer work experience here at SSTL once again and applications for summer 2022 are now open! We encourage applications from young people in Years 10 to 13 who have an interest in space, science, engineering or specific business functions.

How to apply

To apply for Work Experience at SSTL please head over to our careers portal where you will find the open postings for the three different weeks we are offering:

Once you have chosen your preferred week, please upload your CV, complete the application questions and submit your application.

Whilst we will do everything we can support our future stars, please be aware that we do receive a high number of applications for work experience each year and may not be able to accommodate all requests.

If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at placements@sstl.co.uk.

SSTL Graduate Programme

  • Graduate Programme – Applications open 8th August to 30th September 2022

For any enquires about any of our Work Experience or Early Careers Programmes please contact: placements@sstl.co.uk