1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently in my 3rd year of my apprenticeship, each person within my group is placed on a 3 month rotation to different areas of the business in order to get an overview of what job roles are available and the variety of work that's required in order to make a successful company. Due to being aligned as a CDG (Component Definition) modeller most of the placements are working on a computer with NX to create models and perform necessary changes to drawings.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my time I have developed new skills i nusing Teamcenter as well as using NX, which at times has proven to be very tough but at the same time rewarding when you see an updated drawing revision. I have also furthered my practical skills as well as learning new skills such as TIG welding during my first year.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The enjoyment of placements vary greatly depending on the team you get to work with as well as the workload, although this is to be expected at different times of the year. Overall the working environmnets have been good with warm welcomes from the team members as well as genuine enthusiasm for your hobbies and interests outside of work. Some placements I have enjoyed more than others, but overall the experience has been good.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
Currently it is hard to feel how valued you are by the company overall as it is so vast, however there is a certain level of appreciation due to the massive investement they make for further education and training courses, therefore making you a valued member of the company. Some placements it can be quite awkward to feel valued depending on the work load as you're only there for 3 months at a time, however when in full time employment it should be easier to be given bigger tasks that you can make contributions to.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The overall structure of the course allows us to progress through, however at times there doesn't always seem to be any form of structure to follow as it is constantly changing, meaning corrections or re-works are required i norder to meet a certain format. This can also be hindered by a change of staff who overlook your progression while they become familiar with the company and procedures.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Throughout the apprenticeship programme support has been widely made available to us for any issues, problems or queries we've had and this has been invaluable for myself in regard to situations i've encoutered.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I've found that the support given to us by people within Rolls-Royce is of a high level and if you require any form of support you're not made to feel as if you're causing issues. From my personal experience the support is very helpful and unbiased, which makes you feel valued as an employee and your health and wellbeing is put before the job at hand.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary perfectly meets the costs and expenses in travelling for myself and i believe it to be quite a generous salary for younger apprentices based on other companies I was working at prior to joining Rolls-Royce.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a lot of opportunities outside of work with different sectors organising and arranging various outings or events in which you can participate in. These can range from day trips or family outings to week long holidays.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The reputation Rolls-Royce has and the vast skill set they employ means there should be a job for people of all walks of life. The opportunities and support within the company exceed that of others as well as a certain level of job security.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce? *
Try to speak with other employees of Rolls Royce who will be able to give you tips or advice on what to expeect if you're invited to an assessment day. Check your application for any spelling errors or grammar and if you don't succeed the first time try again.
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