May 2023

Harry’s Story

By Harry Horton

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Harry Horton

Engineering Level 3

Aspiring engineering entrepreneur

Harry Horton always had a passion for engineering, which spurred him on to enrol on a college course that would teach him everything from robotics to artificial intelligence in manufacturing.

The 17-year-old student, who previously attended Four Dwellings Academy in Quinton, Birmingham, was among the very first cohort of Level 3 Engineering students at University College Birmingham and gained huge work experience in his first few terms alone.

Through the University’s contacts in the engineering field, Harry was able to complete an industry placement with Lander Tubular Products, a leading engineering manufacturer of metal and plastic tube and pipe assemblies.

He was also chosen to show industry leaders around the University’s engineering facilities at Camden House when they first opened in 2022.

Harry said: “I have gained lots of confidence since starting at college, and showing what the robotics could do at the opening was great.

“I chose to do engineering as I have always had a passion for knowing how things work and applied here because of the facilities, but also the tutors, who were really supportive and told me about all the links with employers and industry.

“I’ve also had additional support from the college’s academic support workers to help me adapt to college life.

“In the future, I would like to gain employment and experience by getting an apprenticeship and, ultimately, start my own business in the engineering sector.”


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