1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently a collections specialist within the marine team. I download the bank files each day and post the payments onto the correct ledgers so that the invoices show as paid and the bank account balances. This is involves working with the cash management team who over see the banks and the controllers who work on getting customers to make payments when they may be overdue. This includes team in the UK, India and America.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have studied for my AAT level 4 along side my role which has helped a lot in terms of understanding debits and credits and other accounting responsibilites. Within Rolls-Royce I have attended a presentations course on how to present to an audience confidently and clearly. I have also developed my Excel skills a lot in this role.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It is a really good working environment with plenty of people to ask for help. The team is very supportive of each other as the company pushes to make the marine department more efficient.
4. How valued do you feel by Rolls-Royce?
I feel very appreciated as others value my role and its importance. The teams I work with often comment on how helpful I have been, there is also a bonus scheme which further shows recognition.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The learning plan is clearly set out from the beginning and the college we attend are very good at giving the right resources to pass our exams. We also have a careers coach and apprenticeship leader who keep in contact to help us in our placements.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support from Kaplan is brilliant both at college and through our development coach who we speak with every 8 weeks to check on our progress.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
You are treated as another employee so managers are very accessable and if you have any issues then you can raise them easily. Although they may not always ask if everything is going ok.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is very good and matches what I was earning previously as a full time employee at another company. There is also bonus and share schemes which are very favourable.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are team building activities within offices and the company goes into local schools and gets involved in projects to inspire children. There are also fundraisers for local charities.
9. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
I love having a proper role and being treated as a real employee, the wage and benefits are brilliant and the future opportunities are really good with 4 different placements in the 4 years the course runs for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
Prepare well for the the assessment day but most importantly be yourself. You don't have to be the loudest or most intelligent to be noticed. There is a focus on team work so make sure to communicate with others.
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