ME Component Owner at Rolls-Royce

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£19,500 annually
Review Date:
May 2016

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


ME Component owner - technically responsible for one of the largest components on the aero engine. Also responsible for maintaining the predictability of the component and process improvement

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


Whilst I have drastically improved my role-related skills: problem solving in a manufacturing environment, production statistics, knowledge of CAA law etc, my academic ability has not progressed far beyond A-Level and Engineering Education Scheme level.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Whilst the training was interesting it rapidly became frustrating, as training in another city took 8 months longer than advertised. The educational (non-internal) aspect of the training was disappointing.

I greatly enjoy the role I now perform, however. Moving off the scheme has opened doors and experiences that I like.

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


As an apprentice whilst in Derby in training - 8/10 As an apprentice in Hucknall - 5/10 As an ME in Hucknall - 8/10

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The ME programme for Hucknall apprentices was extremely disorganised prior to joining - HR communicated incorrect information about the role, length of time in training, location of training, salary, placement information and qualification.

I have had 6 apprenticeship managers so far, and it was only in the last 6 months of my apprenticeship that I received my NVQ folder.

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


In Derby - an appropriate amount. In Hucknall - I struggle to contact my ADL who occasionally is on site, either by phone or email.

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


In the first few months, there was enough flexibility to complete academic work and my role. Now I am fulfilling my ME role I have not got the time to spend filling out the NVQ folder or surveys....

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


In contrast to what I was told before I joined the programme, I was expected to routinely travel to Derby without expenses for training purposes for over a year. Having invested in living near the Hucknall site (so I wouldn't have to buy a car), I had to buy a car, insure it (with no no-claims as a 18 year old living in a rough area) and travel 1k miles a month. As a consequence I dipped into the savings my grandmother saved for me to go to uni to pay for the petrol, tax, insurance and the vehicle capital. It wasn't until S2 that I could start paying my savings back. I'm sure this is a different story to those living with parents locally in Derby, and paying less for board than my monthly phone bill.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


As part of the AgA, yes. As I don't live anywhere near Derby I joined a local university's student union as an associate member and make use of their facilities and clubs.

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


9b. Why? *

Whilst not having a student loan is advantageous I don't believe the education currently provided as part of the scheme is like-for-like.

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

Keep a record of communications with the recruitment team so you can ensure promises made by them are carried out...

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