1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Being a trainee on the Manufacturing Management Sponsored Degree Programme means that I spend a series of 6-month placements in all different areas of Rolls-Royce. To date I have been involved in central technology, maintenance, production planning and business improvement roles, and each role has presented different challenges and learning opportunities.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The programme I am on includes sponsorship for an MSC in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. This includes all tuition fees and accommodation whilst at the university. The degree is part-time whereby I spend a week at Warwick approximately every 2.5 months. The programme also includes the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications such as a 'Green-Belt'.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme is generally enjoyable, however role enjoyability can often depend on the team that you are placed with. Additionally, there can be a lot of business pressure as you are seen as a part of the business.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
You are considered another member of the team rather than 'just an apprentice'. Rolls-Royce has a long history of employing apprentices and many of the people that work there started off as apprentices, so you are valued as the future of Rolls-Royce.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well organised overall, however experiences of myself and colleagues in the various roles that we take on around the business can depend upon the organisation and commitment of line managers. Having said that, all of my personal experiences have been positive.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Delegates on the part-time Master's programme at Warwick have many people that they can talk to regarding issues or wanting to move things around. This is never a problem and I have never had a negative experience with the staff at Warwick.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
For the most part, members of the Manufacturing Management Sponsored Degree Programme are left to get on with their seconded roles. However, structured reviews take place on a regular basis where you can ask for help or support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
All my costs are met by my salary, including running a car and moving away from home. I am also able to save money to buy a house.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Rolls-Royce has an apprentice and graduate association which organise social activities that anyone can take part in. There are also several sports teams.
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
Great earn while you learn opportunity, no debt and a great company name. Also with great prospects for onward development.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
Research Rolls-Royce, understand what you are applying for and demonstrate what sets you apart from others.
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