Space Placements in Industry
Funding opportunity for Placement Hosts/Employers

The Space Placements in Industry (SPIN) scheme brokers placement opportunities for university students considering employment in the space sector and connects them to space sector organisations who not only want to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses, but also to ensure a pipeline of space savvy candidates coming out of education. Students are enthusiastic to work in the space sector and are keen to develop new skills.

The scheme is managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and funded by the UK Space Agency (UKSA). It has been running since 2013 and continues to grow in popularity, with demand always outstripping supply.

For 2024, the UKSA is seeking to double the number of placement opportunities across the sector and has commissioned the Catapult to deliver the Programme.

The Catapult is delighted to be able to announce this opportunity for space sector organisations to apply for grant funding to support the offer of a work placement to a registered university student, enabling them to develop their skills and experience of the space sector workforce.


Successful Applicants

December 2023

Applications for projects open

Successful Applicants

Updated: 16 February 2024

Applications for projects closes

Successful Applicants

February 2024

Evaluation of placements

Successful Applicants

March 2024

Projects advertised on the Catapult website

Successful Applicants

24 June 2024

SPIN Induction Day

Successful Applicants

Summer 2024

Placement carried out

Successful Applicants

Autumn 2024

Students present at Showcase Event

Apply to host a SPINtern

Applications to host a SPINtern are now closed.


Guidance for Hosts

Updated: 22 February 2024


Supplier Form


Grant Funding Agreement

This is for reference only, you will receive a personal copy to sign from the SPIN team when your placement is approved.


Final Report


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Applied Training

Zoom Training Sessions - Applied is an ethical hiring ATS. You’ll be using the Applied software to manage your hiring process, so we’re running a programme of training sessions to make sure you feel comfortable on the new technology. Training sessions are free to book for all participating members of the SPIN programmes.

SPIN x Applied: An Introduction

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Live Training Session 1: Building a Role

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Live Training Session 2: Managing Candidates, Interviews, and Hires

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