Now, he is Chair of the Aerospace YP group and represents the IET’s YP demographic within the aerospace sector.
“We sit alongside the Aerospace TN and have a 10-strong committee of amazing volunteers. We’ve run many events over the years including career networking events, technical events and most recently, we hosted IET Immediate Past President, Sir Julian Young, as part of our Spotlight on Apprentices event.
“I also sit on the fantastically active YP Committee as the Technical Network Representative, ensuring that YPs within TNs are well represented and that our demographic know TNs are a volunteering opportunity for them.”
From hosting events with three speakers and a load of pizzas to students to helping put together the IET’s Global Sustainability Hackathon, he is a true champion of engineering to the younger generation.
“Engineers and technicians work in so many different roles and industries – versatility is one of our strengths. It’s so important to ensure young (and more mature) members of the profession see the achievements of their peers and the opportunities a technical career can provide.
“Events, competitions, lectures and social events are a big part of this endeavour – hence so is the IET and its volunteers.”
But Robert wasn’t your typical academic at college, finding it hard to maintain focus during his A Levels.