1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Metallurgical sample preparation Mechanical Testing (hardness, tensile, bend and hyrdogen) Metallurgical and coating assessments Validation/Evaluations Technical Report Writing
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Developed - Communications: working with different businesses, departments and suppliers nationally and globally Problem Solving: Involved with root cause analysis projects Manual Dexterity: Basic engineering training, workshop environment Team Work: Learned how to adapt in a range of teams Laboratory tasks: As described in question 1.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working with the variety of people and departments that I have during my apprenticeship, along with the training and effort that colleagues have supported me with. I feel as though I have been slightly more restricted due to applying for a science apprenticeship but have had opportunities to experience other roles out with the laboratory.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
I feel as though managers/supervisors have always given very good feedback and made me feel like an equally valued team member amongst other employees.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think the programme teaches you to be organised rather than the scheme already being organised for you.
I have had to arrange a lot of my own placements and find contacts to help when needed rather than have a lot of guidance. However, it can be seen as character building and teaches you to have an independent and professional approach to work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The college I attended for training were and have been very helpful and supportive in helping me achieve my SVQs.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There have been issues with regard to a development leader during my time so it would be unfair to say that most people would not get the right support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
To begin with I found it hard as I had to move away from home for the apprenticeship and the wages weren't great to support rent and I couldn't afford driving lessons or a car. However, the further you progressed the better the pay got and I now live quite comfortably.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is not much promoted up North for activities outside of work. Although I have had STEM Ambassador training that has allowed me to promote engineering in the community.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Rolls Royce has helped bring on my personal development, education and career on leaps and bounds. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had, considering I had never thought I would have achieved what I have when I left school. Not many people promoted apprenticeships when I was leaving school but I definitely feel it has been more beneficial for me than university could have been. I have been educated and I have been given experience whilst being paid to learn!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce? *
Approach a challenge with the right positivity and motivation. Look to develop yourself as far as you can and embrace the support given along the way.
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