1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a system design apprentice and currently I am in an attachment in the turbines section of System design. I am assisting the re-designing of a turbine blade. along side this I am also going to university once a week completing my BEng degree. finally I am also involved in STEM community projects.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
the most significant skill I have developed is my communication and professionalism. this is from interacting daily with full time employees and managers. I have also completed a wide range of training courses from "drive safe arrive safe" to "presentation skills"
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am really enjoying my apprenticeship, I feel I fit in well with the team and my mentors have more respect for me than they did at school. this means I am leaning more effectively and because I can see result of the work I have done, therefor I can work on improvements which furthers my understanding of the work that I am completing
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
My manager has been excellent in helping me to settle into my apprenticeship whilst pushing the right direction for advice and help. All employees are happy to help apprentices as the majority of them came though a similar programme. therefore they allocate tasks that are suitable. they allow extra time for the task to be completed as they understand the learning curve that needs to be undertaken before the task can be completed successfully.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
my first year was spent in the training centre. here we learnt the basic machining processes and this also allowed us to bond with colleges. this year was spent learning vital skill that would be fundamental in the years to come. training is provided throughout the apprenticeship to ensure the apprentice is suitably qualified when we graduate.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
the training providers are respectful and happy to help with any issues or problems faced. there is a generally positive attitude towards supporting apprentices. so far i have enjoyed most training programmes provided
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
the managers are also happy to listen to any issues or problems that may occur. they are happy to take the time to ensure that you are on track with the academia side and the working side.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
the first year salary was enough happy move away from home and provide all of the necessities whilst also providing some potential to save money. free busses are provided from the town centre and around site.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
there is an apprentice and graduate association that provides social events outside of work like rugby, gym, ski trips, bowling, socials and much more
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
I would recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend because it is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to work in a business, complete further education and be paid a salary.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
Thoroughly prepare for the online tests and the presentations. do significant background research on the company and ensure you know what you are applying for.
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