Harry Barton

1st year Advanced Practical Engineering Apprentice
Rolls-Royce plc
(August 2014)

Harry Barton

1. What do you enjoy about working in STEMM?

I feel like encouraging younger people which hopefully will give them an insight on where to start a career in their desired interests. I find this very rewarding when they take interest in my job and it's good to feel confident to tell someone how you go about to making the right decisions.

2. What do you do day-to-day in your work or study?

Currently I'm a first year practical engineer at Rolls-Royce; I work in a facility called AR&O (Aero Repair & Overhaul). There are multiple sections that specialise in different areas of a civil jet engine. At this moment in time I'm working on 03 Module which is IP (Intermediate Pressure) casing, we strip and build this module and make it ready for inspection that involves troubleshooting defects and cleaning. Once I am competent with that section I will move to another one.

3. What has been your biggest challenge and how have you overcome it?

The challenges that I've overcome through this apprenticeship are English exams, writing and memory. English is not my biggest subject to understand and it is a requirement to complete the apprenticeship. I have a learning disability called Autism. Learning support was in place to help me with these issues by telling instructors how my Autism affected my learning before I started with them so that they can be more understandable/negotiable. A voice recorder was put in place to remember notes. This was a new way for me to learn and it works perfectly.

4. What has been the highlight of your career so far and/or what are you hoping to go on to do in the future?

Getting this apprenticeship was the best step in my life as I take great interest in this industry and hope to progress through the company. After I have finished/completed this apprenticeship I'm hoping to get a job at Rolls-Royce.