Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£14,800 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:


I am manufacturing engineering apprentice. This involves process improvement, cost reduction and scrap reduction as primary roles. I am currently in a Manufacturing Systems placement which requires more project planning and implementation.

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


Yes I have learnt lots about the business but I still have lots and lots to learn about manufacturing engineering.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


As far as a job is concerned, I have only ever had worse. It is has its dull moments, but that is to be expected. The training I have received has been excellent and cannot fault it.

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


Different amounts on different days. It depends who I speak to. Senior members of staff make you feel important and that we are "The future of Rolls Royce" but day to day you can feel like a cog in a big machine.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It is a well structured programme and it has been organised effectively.

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


We are supported in all aspects of work.

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


We are supported in all aspects of work.

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


Not very well. It is difficult for those who have moved away from home and I have had to borrow money however I am happy to leave with a small amount of debt as opposed to go to uni and leave in tens of thousands of pounds of debt.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


I play rugby for the Rolls Royce RFC. They are also, as a company, a supporter of the territorial army. They also have the AGA who run skiing trips and social events for both members and non members.

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


9b. Why? *

The experience is invaluble and will transfer anywhere. If you work hard the opportunities are endless and the branding is good personally as well as professionally.

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

The application is the most difficult part of the process. Writing a good application to get yourself through to the interviews is certainly the most important stage. Once you're given an opportunity you can then prove you're the right apprentice.

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