A CRADLEY Heath jobseeker who was made redundant from his last job has had his CV launched into space in a world-first to celebrate Star Wars Day today (Tuesday May 4).

Sam Kapadia is one of three lucky jobseekers who have had their CVs placed on a digital billboard and sent to space to give a stratospheric boost to their job hunt.

The 26-year-old, of Saddlers Close, was made redundant from his role as a project engineer with Coventry firm Gentherm last Friday (April 30).

He has applied for around 50 jobs since finding out that he was set to lose his job in March. He had worked for the firm for 20 months with the news coming as a huge blow.

Sam, as well as Lucy Russell, aged 22 and David Hinley, 65, won a competition run by online job board Zoek, to have their CVs blasted into space.

Sam, from Cradley Heath, is looking for a job

Sam, from Cradley Heath, is looking for a job

The graduate of Coventry and Nottingham Trent universities is ideally looking for roles as an engineer specialising in computer aided design (CAD).

He said: "It's been a strange old year for all and winning the competition was a light in the darkness moment.

"I'm checking job sites multiple times a day and have applied for around 50 jobs.

"Sometimes you do get despondent. I applied for one job which I thought I was perfect for, which I didn't get. That was discouraging, but I won't give up.

"Hopefully my CV being in space will lead to me getting a job as a previous campaign Zoek ran in which they put a jobseekers CV on the back of a bus ended up with them getting a job within 48 hours!"

Sam's CV was blasted into space on a hydrogen-filled balloon the size of a two-storey house, which carried the digital display over 100,000 feet above the Earth.

The launch vehicle, constructed and flown by aerospace company Sent Into Space, also carried tracking equipment to retrieve the craft after the balloon burst.

Today is Star Wars Day, a day about celebrating all things Star Wars related.

Its slogan is 'May the 4th be with you'

The day has been recognised since 1999.