1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Within the role of a mechanical fitter apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce I work on either the strip of civil small/medium engines. This includes stripping full engines to systems/sub-systems and units. We also work on the build aspect where we do the roles in reverse. We also do general component repair in machining or fitting. We follow manuals to aid in the strip/build process as well as CR work. We also have log books which we complete with evidence gained from the on-going tasks we have.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
We have gained a NC in Manufacturing Engineering and a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Alongside a variety of internal training qualifications that Rolls-Royce require (between 40-50). I have learned to work with different people, building relationships, enhancing communication skills and also carrying out an office based placement in Customer Business where I was dealing with customers worldwide.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I would be happy to say that I am enjoying the programme, the differing teams and tradesman that I have worked with throughout the last 3 years. The company has instilled a culture within us - in terms of winning right, providing customer excellence - being happy to challenge other opinions so that we can provide the best service possible. I think it has met my expectations as I knew I was joining a company that is renowned for their excellence and drive within the sector of civil aerospace.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
I feel that the management team look after me, ensuring that I am getting on well, excelling within the apprenticeship. Offering me many opportunities that I have been more than happy to take on. I feel I have been recognised for my efforts on various occasions and been valued for what I have done to boost the reputation of the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel at the start we were pretty much left to find our own way - due to take over issues with an Apprentice Development leader. But I feel this has been hugely beneficial as it required us to take ownership of our learning and development. Allowing us to question and problem solve better. Once there was a new officer in place we had the complete background support, hierarchy and a organised programme which was needed. We then had the additional training and support programmes and contacts. This I feel was beneficial.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I feel there is plenty support provided for us within the apprenticeship from our ADL, college and the union. We can contact them at any time with problems or anything we wish to talk over. Guidance is given when required and has eased personal and workplace issues if they were relevant. I have had an joyful experience and would rate this quite highly.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I feel there is a good level of support from our ADL, HR and manager. We don't use line managers to often due to having an apprentice development leader who deals with us throughout the apprenticeship. But certainly when required our managers are very helpful. I feel there has been loads of guidance, enthusiasm, help, communication and fun being provided to us from all of the above.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I feel the salary that we receive as an apprentice has been great. I have been able to buy cars, home and now set up for a baby without finding myself in a poor financial position. It has allowed me as the wage increased to living well, travel to and from work, have money each week to spend on lunches and allowing me to socialise as well at weekends.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company runs football tournaments and other opportunities outside of work. We also do STEM events and volunteer work at schools/programmes which is something the work is very proud of. Due to the busy coaching lifestyle I am very busy outwith the workplace.
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
I would recommend Rolls-Royce due to the opportunities which are available within the workplace. They want to take on people with a willingness to learn and advance themselves within the company. It is a world renowned company which provides a high level of training and backing their apprentices to succeed.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
I would advise knowing a lot about the company, the sectors they work in (4 different sectors), having a good CV, taking time with the application process online. Have details of times you have worked in a team scenario, problem solving and don't be afraid to sell yourself to the company. Have life skills that you can transfer into the work place. The interview process is daunting and comprises of 6 stages, 3 interviews (technical, motivational and about your skills), there is a group interview, maths test and a manual dexterity test. This last's up to 6 hours to go through the process. Go in determined and be able to sell yourself to Rolls-Royce (having a good knowledge of the business).
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