Paul Roberts

Engineering Instructor

It is very gratifying when you see an individual’s eyes light up when you have finally managed to get them to comprehend some piece of theory, or they capture a technique they have been grappling with.

What led you to work for PETA?

During the Covid pandemic, like many individuals, I started to look at the various options available to me in terms of lifestyle and career. I decided it was time for me to move on from where I was and look for an organisation that would enable me to develop my skills and provide new opportunities and challenges for the future.

I looked at various job opportunities and after successful interviews at PETA, I decided that this was the right path for me.

What is your role at PETA and what drives you to do what you do?

As an Engineering Instructor I deliver training to day release apprentices, teaching them the skills required for operating machine tools such as milling machines and lathe tools (turning). I also cover hand fitting (bench fitting) along with my colleagues at PETA. I will also be teaching short courses to commercial organisations looking for introductory courses for their staff. 

This role is extremely varied and throughout each day I am teaching individuals who are all unique. This means that every day is different and that every day I learn something new! It is also very gratifying when you see an individual’s eyes light up when you have finally managed to get them to comprehend some piece of theory, or they capture a technique they have been grappling with.

What knowledge/experience do you draw upon for your role?

I originally trained in the Aerospace industry gaining an HNC in Mechanical & Production Engineering. I then worked in a variety of different organisations until I started instructing / teaching at another engineering training centre. At that point I gained a teaching qualification and in my own time, completed a humanities degree (during the Covid pandemic) with the Open University.

All these experiences have fed into my current role with PETA, enabling me to draw extensively on my knowledge and relationship skills both with my colleagues and family members to teach the skills I have to a younger generation.

How do you approach your role on a day-to-day basis? What skills are required?

I wake up and panic! No seriously, I treat each day as if it is a potential adventure, but the most important skill I use is to plan ahead and adapt to changes as best I can.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I enjoy my garden and have cultivated over 30 Bonsai trees from indigenous species that I regularly tend to. I occasionally stargaze when the weather suits. Since 2015 I have completed 14 half marathons, 10 full marathons and numerous shorter distances. I try to get in a Parkrun every Saturday when I can.

What are your personal values, and what is important to you?

I value honesty and friendship in everyone. The most important thing for me is the wellbeing of my wife, children and grandchildren and the hope that everyone is safe and happy.