The apprentice who joined BAE at 16 and now runs his own team at 20

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2019

A budding young aerospace worker who joined BAE as an apprentice has soared up the ranks to lead a team of six at the Brough firm.

Harvey Gotts, 20, studied at South Holderness Technology College before taking the bold step to leave Hull at 16 to train at BAE’s academy in Preston.

Since returning to his roots and joining the Brough site as a fitter, Harvey has impressed those around him, and is now head of a team of six other employees in the manufacturing side of the business.

Harvey said: “The biggest thing for me was the moving away, as I went to Preston training centre straight from school at 16.

“It was a big step, and a big thing for me to do, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me.

Inside the manufacturing department of BAE in Brough (Peter Harbour)

“I have progressed to where I am now, since coming in as a fitter at BAE, and now lead a team of six guys.”

Apprentices at BAE train at the company’s £15.6m centre in Samlesbury, Lancashire.

Unveiled back in December 2016, it was the single largest investment in skills for the UK’s aerospace sector.

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Harvey learnt the ropes at the facility, before heading to Brough to continue his journey.

He said: “As a young person, I honestly don’t think there’s a better job around.

Inside the manufacturing department of BAE in Brough (Peter Harbour)

“It came as a bit of a shock when I was promoted to the role I am in now. I always wanted to get there, but thought it would happen over a longer period of time.

“Last week I was the only team leader in this section as well, so I was responsible for about 15 people. I never thought I would have got this far so quickly.”

Read more: Watch what it's like to fly a BAE fighter jet on a virtual reality headset

Outside of life at BAE, Harvey is a talented rugby league player.

Recently named in Hull FC’s reserves squad to face Keighley on Wednesday, March 6, he has also represented England on the national stage.

Watch: A VR flight experience at BAE

BAE announced in December plans to recruit almost 700 apprentices across the UK in 2019.  

BAE Systems invests approximately £90m every year in  education , skills and early careers activities in the UK, and has around 2,000 apprentices in training across its UK businesses at any time.



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