Liberty: engineering apprentice
Meet Liberty, one of our engineering apprentices
My dad is a senior engineer and my younger brother George is, like me, an engineering apprentice at Gatwick too. You could say engineering runs in the family!
Going down the apprenticeship route always appealed to me. The Gatwick scheme offers a lot of practical learning and everything is very hands-on. I lived in Germany for six months after I finished school, and I did think about applying to technical universities over there, but the Gatwick scheme really caught my eye. I filled out the online application form and, well, the rest is history I guess!
I have a few female friends who do aeronautical engineering, but there are a much smaller number of us working in maintenance. I would strongly encourage other women to get involved with engineering.
I have a few female friends who do aeronautical engineering, but there are a much smaller number of us working in maintenance. I would strongly encourage other women to get involved with engineering - no two days are the same in this job, and that’s one of the many things I love about it.
At Gatwick, apprentices spend up to four months in each area of the business, such as baggage and electronics. I’ve asked to do motor transport next, because I really want to upskill myself in mechanical work. In such a big, diverse business like Gatwick, you get opportunities to do so many different things - you might as well take them!
Liberty, like all of her fellow engineering apprentices, plays a key role in the smooth running of the airport. She's just started out in her career, but has a very promising future ahead.