1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am being trained to be an engineer in the design process of civil aerospace engines, this can be design itself, component modelling, stress or producability though we can move outside of these roles if wanted.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, the first year there is a lot of basic skills training to do with manufacturing which provides a lot of background knowledge. Placements are used to aid knowledge of the job required and how the business works
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Work can be great most of the time as there is a lot of freedom and you are often left to your own devices, however the university has been shocking for the first two years so far.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The work portion is well structured and organised, there is often miscommunication or last minute changes to guidelines/ rules. Again the University of Derby is shocking in this area
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Just about all that you can ask for from a personal side, work wise it is very easy to get tours etc. of other sites or to support STEM events. Complaints about University seem to be unheard by the university.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Rolls-Royce give as much help as possible, while its not advised you can do some University work while at work and its understood that time off from University may be needed so you may have one or two days off per semester.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think the degree does not offer much aid towards my current job role nor the one I intend to work in after the apprenticeship. This is likely due to computers doing all the math these days and is likely to be unchanged using a different course.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Yeah a whole lot, theres a group called the AGA (apprentice and graduate association) which organises everything from an annual ski trip to a monthly social. There are also various clubs including cycling and badminton.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
Great community of workers and there is a lot of freedom for moving between jobs.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
Think of things that may make you stand out, don't think too much about what exactly you want to do as the apprenticeship will help with that. If youd like to go into some sort of design area then mantion that you like CAD or if you want to do project management then mention that you were a prefect etc.
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