1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far, I am given freedom and responsibility to create new opportunities and put my mark in the business. I am really appreciative of all the funding that goes into these apprenticeships, I travel frequently across wales and England for University and my external training. I cant wait to see what my future brings in this excellent company!
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have improved personally drastically over the course of the apprenticeship, this is due to the funding that Rolls Royce provide in the educational system. They provide free online training and instructor led courses at the newly built LDC made for apprentices and future educational development for staff.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my program, Rolls Royce have been brilliant so far. Moving out was a hard task to stomach but Rolls Royce has made me extremely comfortable and have made the task easy. I can't approve of them enough. You are never left short in this company and they help every way they can.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well structured, the logistics are tough because I go to university in Northampton, I work in Derby and I also do external training in Cardiff. Therefore its tough to find time for it all, but somehow they have managed it and also left me time to see family and friends.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive vast amounts of support from my employer, Rolls Royce runs a scheme called Total Reward. This scheme involves a vast, varied amount of schemes that Rolls Royce fund. Such things include pension schemes, share scheme, cycle for work schemes etc. They also have a 24hr dedicated support line called the ethics line for constant support during work and during personal time.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Large amounts of support is offered to all of the apprentices, we are provided with specific subject matter talks presented by internal and external professional's to help with our CPD. My Learning is another scheme provided to the apprentices to also help with the apprentices CPD for their future career.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The degree that the NDT apprentices study for is a bachelors degree in Non Destructive Testing, we have the same first year as all the other engineering apprentices and then later on specialise into the NDT techniques. Therefore they directly relate to my job role, my external training in Cardiff also directly links to my job role.
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.)
Yes there are, Rolls Royce are very good at providing activities through work to do in your personal time to help you socialise. They have numerous clubs and sports teams and dedicated coaches and training facilities for football and other sports. We also hold social networking events with other NDT specialists with BINDT and have social events with work staff.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
Rolls Royce is the best choice I have ever made, I had to decide between a masters in mechanical engineering at the university of Liverpool or join Rolls Royce. I am very pleased I chose Rolls Royce, I am given so much free space to be creative and make my mark. They provide me with so much learning opportunities it is hard to keep up! they have a strong passion when it comes to apprentices and this is shown in its investment.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
You may think that the grade expectations are low for many apprenticeships including this one, however don't let that put you off applying as employers are more interested in past experience and for you to show a true interest in your subject and the drive to achieve and develop future technologies. The course needs to suit yourself more than anything because this is a full time job, university and external training, so if you don't enjoy what you do then you will quickly lose motivation.
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