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This is Engineering: flight perfector

This resource is an interview with Bethan - a flight perfector.

"Bethan is 25 years old and grew up in Manchester. She left home at 19 to start an engineering degree apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce in Derby. She then became a Production Manager, responsible for the team that strips down and rebuilds aircraft engines, helping make flying safe for thousands of people. Her hero is Beyoncé, who she admires for her work ethic. Bethan was scared of flying until she went to space camp in Alabama and fell in love with engineering. Her experience there with flight jet simulators and replica space shuttles helped her to understand flight, so she wasn’t scared, and she wanted to learn more. Bethan switched her focus from law to join Rolls-Royce on the engineering apprenticeship scheme and now has an MSc in Engineering Business Management. As part of her apprenticeship she worked on building nuclear submarines and aircraft engines in Derby. She then led a large team of fitters and inspectors, taking aircraft engines apart and fixing them. Every day at Rolls-Royce she'd see huge aircraft engines - the ones that might take people on holiday - and understand how they work. In five years, she’d like to have learned from the best and be running her own factory."

This resource forms part of the This is Engineering campaign.

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