Mentor Community

The L3 Professional Development Scheme (PDS) boasts a team of over 30 highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Mentors to guide scheme members through their personal and professional development.

    Meet our mentors

  • Graham Watson - CEng MIET Product Management Team Leader & L3 Professional Development Scheme (Senior Mentor)

      L3 has a strong history in developing young engineers through its Professional Development Scheme which helps prepare them for chartered status with the IET, RAeS or IMechE. This has been underpinned by the company being fortunate in having many keen and willing volunteers to join the team of mentors, and to complement a scheme championed by executive management and first-class training scheme co-ordination. More experienced, mature engineers also benefit from the network of mentors as they make a later decision to become chartered.

      A senior team of mentors (with a representative from each of the three engineering institutions) meets quarterly with the Training & Professional Development Co-ordinator to review aspects of the Scheme and the progress of the mentees, especially those in final preparation for chartered application. Before application, trained senior mentors offer a mock Professional Review Interview, which is said to have been invaluable before the real thing at Savoy Place, Hamilton Place or Birdcage Walk.

      Mentors will have regular one-to-one meetings with their mentees, as well as meeting at least twice a year as a team of mentors to share best practice and having an annual review with executive sponsors.

      Of the many benefits of being a mentor, seeing the development of young engineers and watching some of them become mentors themselves, are two of the most rewarding.

  • Shadhanan Manickavasagar - CEng MRAeS Aircraft Simulation Group Team Leader & L3 Professional Development Scheme (Senior Mentor)

      Having come through the accredited Professional Development Scheme at L3 Commercial Aviation to attain chartered status with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), I fully support the enrolment of employees on the scheme to help further their professional development. The scheme provides an excellent framework and support for candidates aspiring to attain professional registration with the Engineering Council UK via their respective engineering institutions.

      As a senior mentor and Professional Review Interview (PRI) assessor with the RAeS, I’m able to provide insight to fellow mentors, the Training & Professional Development Co-ordinator and mentees on how best to prepare for a chartered application. The strong network of mentors meets twice a year to share lessons learnt and best practice to ensure that the PDS is always improving.