1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
1st year consists of full time at college and then second and third year will be day release with most of the time spent in the factory on secondments in the various areas (cells) of production. All years require you to populate a log book by completing assessments and units. You are responsible for the log book and must keep it safe and in order.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills and developed the skills I already had. Learning about engineering has been very enjoyable in particular learning the various disciplines such as CNC programming and working with conventional machines. All skills are taught well by the college and visually and theoretically assessed throughout the course via the log book assessments. Personal development is mainly handled by RR via courses online or in the factory.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have thoroughly enjoyed the apprenticeship so far and having done an apprenticeship previously in another trade this one is very interesting and challenging. The cnc machines and programming are really good to learn and important to my future work. I find these and the conventional machining the best part about the whole program. Being able to hold something in your hand that you have made is satisfying.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
Always made to feel part of the team and looked after. If any issues there are always people who want to help.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well put together by RR and the college. At every stage you are notified well in advance of what is expected of you in learning and what courses you have coming up. RR provides you with opportunities to go away on team building weeks and they are great to do and help bond you with the people who you are going to be working with for possibly the rest of your career.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The college are great and only want the best for all of the students. Any time you have a challenge in a certain aspect of your course they do their utmost to resolve it for you. Additional classes are ran in maths etc if you find you need refreshing or further knowledge.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
RR support the apprentices very well. The apprentice development leader if not available in person will answer any voicemail, text or email as soon as they can to help resolve you with any issues you have in your course or even in your personal life if they can. Constant contact via meetings at college or talking in factory help you along with the course.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Been tough personally for myself having taken a drop to begin this apprenticeship but for a school leaver or first job it's a decent salary. Salary rises at stages of completion.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities to go to stem events and try to get people interested in engineering to come along and be a part of Rolls Royce. It's a great thing to do. Also the outward bound team building events run for apprentices are well organised and you are looked after the whole time.
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
Rolls Royce is a great company to work for and the apprenticeship is as good as they come. The employees are given opportunities to progress and you are well looked after in terms of salaries, certain uniform cleaning, great food services in canteens. They are focused on the future and keeping the staff happy is a huge part of that.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
Learn as much as possible about the history and current company. Study gas turbines. Learn the modules of a jet engine. Stay focused. There are certain stages of the process that requires a lot of time and effort so best to set aside time, lock yourself away and focus on the tasks in hand to show the best you in the process at all stages.
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