Jordan, aged 23, is an Aeronautic Apprentice at Babcock International, based at RAF Leeming.
Tell us what you do
I started out in my first year on what is known as the ‘First Line’ which includes working on and planning the flying program and making any rectifications to that program. My second year was on the ‘Second Line’ which is scheduled maintenance on the aircraft. A bit like when you take your car in for a service.
What qualification will your Apprenticeship give you:
I started my apprenticeship in 2014 after completing a Higher National Diploma in Aerospace Engineering at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Babcock are now supporting me through my BEng in Aeronautical Engineering which is incredible.
Why was an apprenticeship the right choice for you?
I always knew I wanted to do something within aerospace. Originally, I wanted to be a pilot in the RAF but unfortunately, I’m too tall.
So, I chose to go into engineering instead and I’ve never looked back since. When I started my course at the College, I’d never done anything like it before so I came with an open mind.
It’s unbelievable to think how far I’ve come since 2012, when I first started at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
My apprenticeship opened the door to possibilities that I never would have accomplished had I went to university. Who knows where I would be now if I hadn’t taken this chance.
How do you enjoy being in the workplace and learning at the same time?
The guys up at RAF Leeming have been incredible. The people you work with support you through it all. I was one of the first apprentices taken on by Babcock Aviation along with one other apprentice. We were sort of leading the way for all subsequent apprentices and the team really took us under their wing and taught us a lot.
Working on aircrafts, such as the Hawk, was a new experience for me at the time. I’d only worked on the jet in the hanger at the College, which was a dead aircraft.
So, to have the opportunity to be working on live aircraft was exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. I learnt a lot and I got a lot of job satisfaction from it, especially seeing the aircraft take off after having worked on it was thrilling.
What are your career plans?
Babcock are sponsoring me through my degree at Teesside University. Something I was thinking about years ago when I was at the cross roads of university or an apprenticeship. Only now I have the great experience of working within the industry and the added bonus of them paying all of the fees, which is brilliant.
Following my degree, I already have a space on Babcock’s graduate programme where I will have the chance to work in other countries. I definitely see myself in a management position at the engineering company in the future.
What would you say to someone else thinking about whether an apprenticeship might work for them?
Apprenticeships are an incredible way to learn skills while getting your foot on the career ladder. I love working at Babcock and I love learning there. My advice for anyone who is in a similar position as I was is “Just do it’.”