1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Ranging between placements, my role van vary from project controller/analyst - this would be analysing and reporting data for projects, or completing admin type work for a project manager. I have also experienced a project lead role where I have been in charge of managing a project throughout it's lifecycle with the support of other functions and my line managers.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Apart from gaining a number of professionally recognised/accredited qualifications, I have developed my communication, confidence and presentation skills hugely.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my programme, as long as my placement at the time provides me with enough project management type work. I like the mix of learning/study and actually "doing" in the workplace.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
Apprentices seem to be very highly regarded throughout the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
On the whole, the programme is well structured and organised. However, interference from senior members of the business often prevents the programme and it's members from progressing/diversifying.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
NVQ training is provided from the company - 10/10. Support from the college (for Foundation Degree) however is not so good. Knowledge is questionable and delivery is limited. Learning in the workplace/from competency based qualifications seems to be much more beneficial for me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Rolls-Royce has a great support structure - this isn't only from training but also others in the business.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salary is ok, however not high enough to consider long-term.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In terms of outside my placement? Hundreds. At RR you get out of your apprenticeship what you put in. If you are an enthusiastic individual who is willing to take on a range of opportunities, you can.
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
I have had 2 friends apply for and be successful in joining RR since I joined. I have seen the benefits of joining the company and hope other young people will consider it also.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
See an opportunity in everything you do - they are looking for people who have demonstrated key competencies required in the workplace. If you have demonstrated these elsewhere eg. extra curricular activities, jobs etc, use your experience to your advantage.