SEEDS looks at the major European Space Agencies and Companies
involved in Human and Robotic Exploration projects, such as the European Space
Agency (ESA), the Italian (ASI), the French (CNES), the British (UKSA) and the
other national Agencies, the main European companies active in the space sector
and other establishments. These organizations are strongly interested in the
SEEDS initiative, since its main focus lies in the training of engineering
resources oriented to the specific exploration system products, prepared to
work in an international context and trained on the job by using modern and
company oriented systems engineering methodologies.
It is expected that the students successfully completing the
SEEDS courses and associated Project Works will be employed by the partner
organizations at the proper level in their engineering teams working on the
space exploration projects.
The employment rates of the graduates from the first five SEEDS
editions confirm these expectations: 50 out of 54 graduates from the 2005/06
edition to the 2009/2010 are presently working on space activities in Europe (the remaining 4 are working in other
industrial branches). About
90% of the students have been employed in aerospace industries and space
agencies just few months after the end of SEEDS. This stunning result testifies
the success of SEEDS initiative. The remaining 10% of the SEEDS students have
been employed in other fields or have applied at universities for a PhD
position, sponsored by aerospace industries.
Eventually, it is worth
mentioning that contacts between space companies and students of the present
2015/16 SEEDS edition have already started.