Advanced Practical Apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
February 2021

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Working within the defence sector, and manufacturing the LiftWorks for F35B. I machine components on a CNC milling machine working closely with others as a team.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Yes, I've learnt everything about machining, manufacturing processes, teamwork, working to a time scale. The theory side also develops my math and theory knowledge behind machining.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The program gives me lots of insight to many different fields of engineering giving me plenty opportunities.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Recently the apprenticeship has changed from being assessed 'inhouse' but has now been given to an external company Weston-college. This has made things hard and stressful as all the apprentices has had to change the way we are being assessed and now have to worry about things like company confidentiality. Other than this our ADLs really help us keep on track.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Rolls-Royce have employed ADLs to help all apprentices. they arrange meetings weekly and are constantly in touch. this really helps with the work load we have as apprentices.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


Our new assessors are constantly in touch give us feedback from submitted work and help us communicate the correct information.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


The units chosen for us are perfect for the job role, and covers a wide range of theory. however I believe the apprenticeship needs to focus more on working relationships at work and allowing us to perform all jobs that we will be doing when we come out of our time.

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, normally there are but due to covid there is not.

9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?


9b. Why?

The apprenticeship is easier than what it first seems you just have to work with other apprentices and listen to the workers and support team. There's a good wage at the end of the apprenticeship with plenty of different working hours and shift work providing different pay in correlation.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?

Revise everything they give you for the interview and become organised with what you need to say. Nobody at Rolls-Royce is harsh or judgemental, you just need to present your skills in a simple yet effective way. I was already on a machining apprenticeship, this helped me as I already had knowledge about basic machines and CNCs.

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