1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Stakeholder management, communications management, business case and monitoring and controlling, scope management, schedule management, finance, risk management, resource management and quality management.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am undertaking a Level 4 Diploma in Project Management accompanied by a Foundation Degree in Project Management. Throughout the programme I have been on many technical/soft-skill training courses to further my development.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the job, working on 6 month placements allows me to experience working in different teams in different areas. Learning new skills and expanding my professional network.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
I feel valued in my placements where I'm treated like one of the team - which is good because I am one of the team. I do however find that the apprentice development leadership team don't tend to treat us like actual employees.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction to the company was thorough and well structured, lasting for 7 weeks. The training I have received has been continuous since I started and I'm given a day out of work a week to study.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have access to my manager whenever I need her on top of the 10-weekly reviews we have as standard. There's also a lot of information on the intranet that answers a lot of questions I have.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There are many levels of support - my colleagues, my managers, my mentor, HR etc. I always feel well supported and know who and where to go to should I have any problems.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary increases at set times across the programme. If you live at home, the salary is fine but those who live away from home may have more difficulty especially towards the beginning of the programme, which is arguably when it's the most crucial.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work. Company events, social and sporting events, volunteering, discounts at various local businesses etc.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a great company to work for; the salaries are generous (eventually), holiday entitlement is good and the general working environment is very positive. Not to mention its a world recognised brand.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce? *
Be yourself, be honest, be humble and take every opportunity that you are offered - you never know where it might lead you. Don't be intimidated by people you perceive to be 'stronger' candidates at assessment centres - our recruitment team see through any bravado.
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