1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is a component definition engineer, this involves creating models and drawings to set company, national and international standards, allowing the information within to be understood and followed with minimal confusion throughout the company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, completing both manual drawing and CAD training courses has vastly developed my skills, allowing me to be efficient and productive in my CDG role. Additionally, basic workshop machining and fitting skills were developed.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Using the company CAD system to create models and drawings is very enjoyable to me, the role i have trained up for throughout my apprenticeship suits me very well. The are aspects i didnt find enjoyable such as the workshop tasks.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
When completing tasks in the business any apprentice is adding value to that area, however during training, the value of the role you are training to go into is not made clear.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There is a set and certain level of structure to the scheme, however throughout the programme, there was plenty of deviation which was not dealt with effectively, this lack of organisation often leaves apprentices in the dark about what it going on.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Getting support is not an issue at, yet due to the sometimes poor organisation, getting support sooner rather than later can be a problem.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Rolls-Royce always has available support, and when it is required questions can be asked and answers are more often than not recieved. occasionally when support is requested, the request can get lost and you may find youself requesting muliple times.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary throughout the apprenticship is sensible and fair, considering you are being trained to be good at your eventual job. Apprentices with more out of work commitments e.g. house, rent, may have struggled early days.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are, it is completely down to the individual as to whether they take part in these activities. It sometimes isnt clear when out of work activites are available and who may take part.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Excellent facilities, oppurtunities and community. Professionally you will get oppurtunities you may not recieve elsewhere while personally you will meet plenty of people that may share similiarities with, creating a more friendly and relaxed work environment.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce? *
Due to some organisation and communication issues throughout the apprenticeship, I have to advise you dont sit back and wait for answers, you must going looking for them. Perseverance is key when seeking support and advice.
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