1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The first year was spent at the training and resource centre and was workshop and classroom based, in years two and three I travel around different areas of the business getting a feel for the business and learning new skills, I still attend college, at the moment it is one week in three, but in year two it is expected to be one day a week.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In year one I worked towards an NVQ two for my workshop experience and a BTEC two for my college based experience. In years two and three I am working towards an NVQ three for my business experience and a BTEC three for my college based experience. in years one I have have learnt numerous other online and classroom skills such as HSE and fire safety.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am enjoying this apprenticeship very much, it has given me a great opportunity to further my knowledge, and the benefits of working for a company such as rolls Royce are second to none. The people I have met have all been friendly and helpful and the facilities are second to none.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
I feel very valued, I am an adult apprentice, and don't believe many firms would offer someone my age the chance to further there career. Everyone I have met whilst in the business has involved me in tasks required to help me complete my apprenticeship. My managers at the training centre and at places of work have been very supportive.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The roles are structured in year one and too an extent in years two and three, you have to be motivated to drive yourself to get through your placements,You get regular meetings with your manager so he can see how you are progressing, any lapses can be picked up early and rectified.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As mentioned previously you get regular meetings with your manager so he can see how you are progressing, any lapses can be picked up early and rectified. The online learning material offered by the company is very good, and in general the support offered by the college is good apart from some of more obscure courses where a deal of online learning and research is required.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Rolls Royce is a great firm to work for , all my managers have been very supportive towards me. You are made aware of the protocol for reporting problems and they have a dedicated team to help the younger apprentices. The mentors in the business have also been very helpful towards helping me fulfil my goal.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Being an adult apprentice I am very fortunate that I am well rewarded for gaining skills to further better myself, I live fairly local so can commute by cycle when the weather is good . the company offer a cycle to work scheme where you can purchase a discounted cycle. some of the food available at the numerous canteens is fairly cheap, as a rule a main dinner costs around £4.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a student association that organises trips ect
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
Because its the best firm to work for in the area
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
definitely apply the benefits and experience you will receive are second to none.
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