1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I was placed into a manufacturing role within the Turbines business, with a wide range of placements that covered interfacing with the supply chain, managing substantial projects and purchasing manufacturing machinery.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
With the higher apprenticeship, you have the opportunity to gain experience in both the business environment whilst completing a number of qualifications.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The higher apprenticeship overall is very good, however, the disorganisation of a number of aspects of my apprenticeship that I witnessed meant that mine, along with a few others within Turbines, did not reach the standard of others placed within different business areas of Rolls-Royce. I do believe that the mistakes that were made have been learnt from, so it should not happen again to any others.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
Within the business I was given tasks of considerable importance to do, which meant that I gained the maximum knowledge from my time in the business; however, when it came to placing me into a permanent role, there was a lack of clarity as to where this would be and no real haste was made to speed up this process, until at a later stage.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The training that I have received I cannot fault, however, the overall structure is very poor. There was no consultation or planning as to which business areas each apprentice would go into based upon their strengths, which has meant that I have been placed into an area in which my strengths are not completely utilised. I have had issues whereby I have had no idea what permanent role I would be going in to, and there was a lack of communication as to how this would affect us.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
From my NVQ assessor, placement line managers and Apprentice Development Leader, I received all of the help that they were able to give me, meaning I cannot pick any faults with them.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support received from the personnel in charge of organising my first permanent role was simply not good enough, which was mainly down to how poorly organised the Turbines business was at planning for its apprentices.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is very good, especially when coupled with the cost savings as a pose to going to University. The salary rises are based upon how quickly you pick up the experience and show that you are ready for a rise in pay.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have received a large amount of communication emails from various groups involved with the company, which means that everyone is up to date with what is going on and can choose to get involved if they wish.
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
Very good basis for an apprenticeship, with good experience gained, good support for qualifications and also gets you into a multi-national company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
As said before, I believe the mistakes that were made that I suffered from will have been rectified by now, so there should not be any issues.
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