Engine Fitter at Rolls-Royce

Start Date:
2017
Location:
East Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£11,506 annually
Review Date:
April 2018

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Review Score

9 /10

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

9/10

My current role is a trailblazer Advanced Engineering apprentice on the engine fitter role. This means when I finish my 3 years advanced apprenticeship programme I should be allocated and to an engine fitter role. In order to gain this achievement I have to finish my 3 years of education and skill learning successfully. This involves qualifications that I have to achieve such as NVQs level 2/3, BTECs Level 2/3 for my first year which I am currently working on.

My daily tasks depend on what I am doing on a certain timetable, so once a week I have college (theory based work and subjects such as aerodynamics, science, maths, human factors, Business improvement Techniques, Mechanical assembly and etc). However, some of these subjects I have to understand and revise for, and then I have to undertake an exam like the maths exam which I had lately and passed my maths level 2. But, like human factors and Business Improvement Techniques etc I have to undertake the information in lessons then complete certain assignments that are with the subject. So, it is quite challenging at some times to manage the workload and time, but I got through most of these `assignments/exams successfully.

Also, depending on the timetable I have practical work to carry out for 2 weeks this is for my NVQ level 2/3 for the first year, so far I have completed sections such as fitting, engine dressing, Turning. I also have to complete electrical section (which I am currently on), Electronics and Maintaining Mechanical Devices. All these sections I have to complete in my first year in order to undertake my 2nd year of my apprenticeship.

I also have other responsibilities to control such as training courses that I have to undertake within my first year of apprenticeship this will enable me to gain more knowledge and skills to complete my apprenticeship at a high level of standard. On top of that which I have already stressed, I have the responsibility to manage my workload which can go up and down at some point of the years, managing my time in order to be as effective and efficient as possible.

I have undertaken only one project so far as I have only completed half of my first year, the project was to improve one workshop's safety and access to equipment that apprentices might find easier if they were more organised. So, that's what I did I was working with another apprentice on the same apprenticeship as me, we came up with an idea to order a shelving unit to organise equipment that apprentices will use regularly in the workshop - this was successful and we received a certificate of the project being successfully completed.

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

9/10

Yes I have learnt new skills such as being hands on in the workshop and being more confident in doing so. I can work more effectively when I am hands on now, this is purely because I am experienced well for half a year now. The more I will be hands on fitting parts the better I will get at it: practice makes perfect.

Also, with training courses I have developed my existing skills like listening, speaking and writing. I am more confident in speaking with a large audience now and I don't feel as shy as I used too.Also, with training courses I have developed my existing skills like listening, speaking and writing. I am more confident in speaking with a large audience now and I don't feel as shy as I used too.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

9/10

I enjoy my programme, this is because I stay busy with my work and my rotations between college work and workshop based work. It is very interesting what we learn in college and in the workshop on different sections which I have explained on question 1. My team is very intrigued in their work and encourage each other to work to the same level which is very good work ethic and motivates others to work harder.

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

9/10

Working at Rolls Royce is good I do feel valued, this is because we actually make a difference in the site we are training at which is in Derby LDC. Whilst we carried out the project that I have already explained on question 1, I felt really valued as I actually made a change in real life to apprentices and how they can work easier and more efficient because of the change.

Also, my line manager motivates me to keep on working harder and maintain the good work ethic (this is on my reviews which is every 10 weeks) , this values me to Rolls Royce and without my good work ethic I wouldn't have a great bond with Rolls Royce and their curriculum.

Also, my line manager motivates me to keep on working harder and maintain the good work etic (this is on my reviews which is every 10 weeks) , this values me to Rolls Royce and without my good work ethic I wouldn't have a great bond with Rolls Royce and their curriculum.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

9/10

Well this is a funny topic as much of a big organisation Rolls Royce maybe their organisation can be not the best sometimes. Like our college subjects such as aerodynamics is not going well as our present lecturer as left the company and know we have got a new lecturer but it is still not the same. We have still missed a chunk of aerodynamics lessons that we need to cover yet but because of all the havoc that’s being caused it are not going so well. But everything else is going good.

My induction when I newly was an employee was good and well organised, it was slightly lengthy but it was really helpful and skilful. It enabled us to build a good bond with our team members and etc.

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

9/10

Also, my line manager motivates me to keep on working harder and maintain the good work etic (this is on my reviews which is every 10 weeks) , this values me to Rolls Royce and without my good work ethic I wouldn't have a great bond with Rolls Royce and their curriculum.

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

9/10

My employer supports me a lot, well my manger, whatever query or advice I need I just contact my manager by email or face to face and I get dealt with easily. Any personal support or any problems I have I tell my line manager which then he sorts out for me this could be work problems maybe with the people who I am working with or whatever, if my line manager cant sort it out then it goes to HR (Human Resources). This then take time for the HR team to investigate the problem and settle it down or doing whatever they need to in order to give justice.

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

9/10

My salary package meets my costs perfectly because at this moment of time I have hardly any bills, mortgages and etc. This is because I am still living with my parents and I am living with them for free so all I am paying for is my food, phone contract, cloths and other small expenses. Therefore, I am able to save a lot of my salary package! I commute to work on free work bus, this is environmental friendly as I am coming to work on a shared vehicle.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

9/10

Yes there are many opportunities outside of work such as leisure activities, Rolls Royce have their own leisure sport club in Derby where there employees can pay a little amount a month to keep themselves fit outside of work hours and to have a rest from working hard. Sometimes there can be company events such as other companies coming in site to advertise their products and etc, which can be good if employees want to gain information.

Also, Rolls Royce can offer their employees to go on projects to other countries like Germany, this is all free of charge Rolls Royce organise everything like hotels and food etc.

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

Yes

9b. Why?

Here at Rolls Royce are many opportunities for individuals to succeed in career aspects they could start off on a low job role and work their way to a manager level or whatever they are capable of doing. Salary here at Rolls Royce is nice, employees at Rolls Royce are delighted with salary bonuses nearly every year as they are working hard and earning the company increased profit and etc.

Rolls Royce is also a global organisation so there are some opportunities to go off site for a while and working in another country when an employee is competent and professional at their job. There are many ways an individual can excel themselves here at Rolls Royce.

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

Ensure you have got decent GCSE grades or any qualifications or experience that shows well in your CV, this will also help whilst applying online for any job at Rolls Royce. Make sure you answer all the questions online in detail and ensure you are trying your best on every question or test.

When the online procedure has become successful ensure you prepare yourself for the face to face interview at Rolls Royce. Depending on what career you are looking at they might question you about your career and why you want the job? Ensure you rehearse before you come for your interview, that's the mistake I made with my interview I could have made it better! Revise before about the company itself as they like to hear information or facts about Rolls Royce as they like people to be enthusiastic about where their employees are going to be working. Be yourself and express all your achievements you have made in your life, make yourself stand out. Keep a good posture and eye contact whilst talking face to face with the interviewers. I would have like to been told that it doesn't matter if you don't quite achieve your GCSE grades, as this would have taken a massive burden off my head! I think I would have performed better if I knew this before, but however I still did well.

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