THEIR work is sent into the vast vacuum of space, silently sending signals back to the Earth.
But now, three years after first stepping foot inside the clean rooms and labs of Astrium in Portsmouth, nine apprentices have graduated from the programme.
They received their certificates from Portsmouth Lord Mayor Cheryl Buggy at a ceremony at the Guildhall.
During their programme the apprentices have studied at Highbury College in Cosham as well as getting hands-on experience working on satellite projects for Astrium.
And the best part is that all nine of the graduating apprentices, clutching their fresh HNC certificates for mechanical and electrical engineering, will continue working at the company.
Lisa Clark, Astrium’s apprentice manager, said: ‘Every year we take on about 12 engineering apprentices covering our Portsmouth and Stevenage sites, and every year they impress me with their enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
‘This year is no exception – they have all passed with flying colours and will now start building satellites full time.’
They will be joining the company at an exciting time.
As The News reported earlier this week, Astrium has won a key contract to design a satellite that will fly on one of the closest journeys to the sun.
Once there it will measure the sun’s solar activity, providing vital information to predict solar weather.