1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently I am training in at Rolls Royce's Learning and Development centre learning how to use various engineering tools and techniques. So far I have received training on milling and turning. When not at Rolls Royce I attend university lectures, tutorials and labs as I am on block release.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot about different engineering techniques including how to create components using both milling and turning skills. I have also gained valuable knowledge about company procedures and how measuring tools are calibrated. The courses at university have helped me to develop my knowledge in analogue electronics and material testing procedures.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find this program very enjoyable and feel I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge and experience after only a few months on the program. The instructors have all been very helpful and easy to approach. I feel the course has been structured well and allows plenty of time to complete each section.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Despite COVID restrictions and changes due to the pandemic, the induction provided was informative and allowed a smooth transition into the program. A support meeting is scheduled monthly with our mentor to check that we are progressing well and to make sure that we do not have any problems at work or university.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a good, well structured support system in place. If an issue cannot be resolved primarily with the instructor then any concerns can be raised to your apprentice development leader. There are also lots of other people who will offer assistance including other, older apprentices who have already completed the first year.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Due to COVID there has been no in person contact with any of their support personnel however once a month a meeting is scheduled to check that there are no issues with the program or the progress currently achieved by the apprentice. There are a few people to whom I can email if an issue were to arise.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The skills gained from the completion of my qualification greatly enhance my overall knowledge on the basics of engineering principals allowing me to more easily complete tasks within the workplace as I have already acquired the fundamental knowledge from the training provided to complete the qualification. It has also taught me a lot about future roles within the company.
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.)
Due to COVID there are currently no outdoor or group activities currently happening, however, there are lots of teams that you can join under normal circumstances including, netball, football and climbing groups. There are also opportunities to go to schools promoting STEM and future careers in engineering including our apprenticeship experience.
9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?
The apprenticeship has provided a lot of valuable and enjoyable experience which will greatly enhance future job prospects. It has lots of hands on, practical experience as well as a good, fundamental knowledge in basic engineering principles. The apprenticeship nicely combines work and university with all of the advantages of a degree without the debt.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?
Spend time practicing for the online assessments before completing them. Make sure you are well prepared for the interview and have researched the company and wont be confused by any questions they may ask. Be prepared to work in a team and be friendly and open towards everyone you encounter.