1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently a manufacturing engineering apprentice based within the process ownership team. My day to day jobs require me to model and draw up components and revise/write programmes for turning operations.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The key skills that I have learnt that I feel can really assist me are the PLM that I was entered on to. I am also close to finishing both my NVQ Level 3 and BTEC Level 3 in the next coming months.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the apprentice program. The only downside being is that the college aspect of the apprenticeship given by Derby College I feel is lacking. If college is taken out of the equation, I am in a welcoming team and I enjoy the role that I am currently in.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
I feel very valued by Rolls-Royce. I am respected by being allowed to undertake jobs from start to finish with no intervention other than to check my work. If the work is correct, I get the appreciation from both my manager and the team I am working within.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Overall, the programme is very well. The support that I get from my colleagues and the Training 2000 staff within the workshop is excellent. Again, the college side is currently letting the programme down. It is very poorly structured and a large proportion of time is given to assignment writing, rather than actually learning the background, I feel that this would be very beneficial in making myself and others competent.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a large amount of support from Training 2000. They are very knowledgeable and can help with a large array of problems I may go to them with. On the other hand, as previously stated in questions 3 and 5, Derby College lack the understanding of the business and almost refuse to go out of their way to any degree in order to assist.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a large amount of support from my apprentice leader and colleagues, both in my team and out. They will go out of their way to help for information that I may not have current access too and have no problem giving a large amount of knowledge to myself and other apprentices.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am currently living in rented accommodation and have to commute everyday so for myself, more income for social events would not be encouraged but, I am aware of the minimum pay and Rolls-Royce pay a large amount over that price.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a countless amount of activities and events that Rolls-Royce support. Some examples of these are sporting activities all the way to supporting STEM and giving information to younger pupils to try and get them in to apprenticeships.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I feel that is a great alternative to university and as I am a past A-Level student who had the opportunity for both, I feel that I have made the better choice. Earning while learning is a rewarding experience and helped me to become more individual and can rely on my own income and I feel competent.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce? *
The interview day is challenging but it is the same as other interviews with added tests to make sure that they are actually getting the 'best of the best' for the scheme, therefore, keeping the companies long standing reputation upstanding. When you get onto the apprenticeship, give it your all and ask as many questions as possible. People do want to help you achieve your goals.
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