Specialist Science Apprentice - Non-Destructive Testing at Rolls-Royce

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Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£17,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


As a non-destructive testing apprentice I am learning from experienced operators to gain knowledge of non-destructive testing processing, currently radiography. I will also be working on projects, attending daily facility briefings etc.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt a number of different NDT methods, attending NDT Level 1,2 and 3 courses. Through working with a range of people I have developed my confidence and communication skills. I have completed a BTEC in Engineering and I am currently completing a NVQ L3 in Engineering Support and a FdEng in Materials Engineering.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy the balance of learning and working. I receive good quality training from my supervisor on placement. I enjoy coming to work each day and taking on new challenges and building up on my skills. I enjoy the range of work I am able to get involved with.

4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?


I feel like I am a valid member of the team I work in, I am given a range of opportunities both within day to day work and also to represent Rolls-Royce at STEM events, including school visits, national careers events. Throughout my placements I feel I am given more responsibility as they progress.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is structured so there are set sections that need to completed as part of the framework and also an additional curriculum of learning to help further develop ourselves. During the apprenticeship two outward bounds courses are completed.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


I have regular reviews to assess my learning and review and set targets to increase by personal development. I am able to contact them if I have any problems or queries. Attending university one day a week makes it hard to see lecturers face to face but we are able to email them with queries and they will respond.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


My employer is willing to support me and has routes in place to support learners. We have both apprentice development leaders and business managers to support us. Training and guidance whilst on placements by placement supervisors and other colleagues is of good quality.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


My pay throughout my apprenticeship has increased as I have completed certain courses and met set criteria. Whilst the starting salary in my first year was low it was still just enough to live on. Now I am only my final apprenticeship salary I have more disposable income. Other apprenticeships do pay more but I felt that as I was having my degree fees paid for the salary was sufficient to live on.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


As Rolls-Royce is a large company and has many opportunities outside of work. There is an apprentice and graduate association which organises events including charity balls, bowling, go-karting and sporting events. I personally get involved with various STEM activities to promote STEM subjects and career to school pupils.

9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Rolls-Royce has provided me with a varied, challenging the very enjoyable apprenticeship so far. The support for further development in terms of attending university part-time is brilliant, allowing me to gain both academic and industry knowledge.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce? *

Think carefully when answering the questions in the application form. Always ask someone else to read over your application to check for errors. Plan ahead for interviews and review your application and read up on the company and its key areas.

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