Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes

At Rolls-Royce, our people craft amazing technology, every day. They deliver vast projects, make exquisitely crafted components, perform astute accounting analysis and oversee complex supply chains. And they never stop looking for ways to do all of it better, smarter and faster. It’s challenging work for passionate people, and our trainee programmes are a great way to get started.

Rolls-Royce offers world-class training and development, together with the chance to gain recognised qualifications while earning a competitive salary. Learning and earning with us gives you the potential to build an amazing career and enjoy opportunities with a global organisation.

As an apprentice or on our sponsored degree programme, you'll do a real job alongside experienced professionals and get paid for it. This is much more than an alternative to university: it’s a chance to prove yourself within a company that’s famous all over the world for delivering excellence, thinking innovatively and making the impossible possible.

Whether you have studied for GCSEs or A-Levels, you'll find apprenticeships can open up a world of opportunities for you.

Application opening and closing dates may vary depending on location. Please check specific programme pages for details.

Why choose Rolls-Royce?
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Rolls-Royce is recognised around the world as shorthand for engineering excellence and innovation. We’re a global business, with a proud history behind us and brilliant future ahead of us. But aside from the chance to be part of that, there are lots of other reasons to choose an apprenticeship with us.

We’ll invest a lot in your training and development, and offer the opportunity to work with industry-leading professionals. Most importantly, we’ll support and develop you to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to deliver excellence in a global organisation.

We also want you to fit in to the team and get to know the people you work with. So on your first week, you'll go on a two-day experimental learning programme delivered by Outward Bound. Here, you’ll learn by doing. You’ll also get an understanding of how a high-performing team operates and be introduced to our company values and behaviours.

You'll enjoy another whole week of this during your second year, learning and developing new skills, and strengthening your relationships with the team. The high point of this week is designing and delivering an activity day to a local primary school – so you’ll have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technological geniuses.

As with everything we do, our programmes are held to the highest standards. So you can expect exceptional learning and development from day one, as well as opportunities tailored to your needs.

What's on offer and what we look for?
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The programme you join will depend on your interests and current academic achievements. You can find out more information about each one by using the navigation bar on the left, or clicking on the buttons below.

Each year in the UK, we take on a large number of apprentices and school leavers. It’s highly competitive, so we look for people who are a good fit for our team, as well as asking for certain academic achievements, which we’ve listed for you here. More detail can be found on the relevant programme page, with alternatives to GCSE/A-Level qualifications.

  • Advanced/Modern Apprenticeships: -Practical - GCSEs at grade D or above Maths, English Language and a Science subject
  • Advanced/Modern Apprenticeships: Technical - GCSEs at grade C or above in Maths (Higher paper), English Language and a Science subject
  • Advanced/Modern Apprenticeships: Specialist Science - A-Level – Two or more at grade A* to C in Maths, Physics, Engineering or Chemistry or any other technical subject, with grade C or above in Maths (Higher paper), English, Science and at least one other subject at GCSE.
  • Higher Apprenticeships – Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering: A-Levels at grade A*-C in Maths, Physics or Chemistry and one other subject. Grade C or above in Maths (Higher paper), English Language and a relevant Science or Technical subject, excluding Combined Science.
  • Higher Apprenticeships – Project Management, Supply Chain Management: A-Levels at grade C or above in any subject, plus grade C or above in Maths (Higher paper), English Language, Science and at least one other subject.
  • Higher Apprenticeships – Management Accounting – CIMA Professional: 3 A* - B grades at A-Level, one of which must be Maths, Accounting, Finance, or Economics. A strong suite of GCSEs, including Maths and English, is also essential.
  • Manufacturing Management Sponsored Degree Programme: A-Levels at grade A* to B in Maths, Physics or another science or numerical subject, plus B or above in any two other subjects. Good grades in Maths, English and a selection of other subjects at GCSE-level are required.

If you're joining us in a practical role, you'll need to be good with your hands and like to work in a process-driven environment. You’ll also need a talent for spotting ways to make things better. Budding Technical Apprentices, on the other hand, will need to be able to apply top-notch theoretical knowledge in our ever-developing business.

It all depends on where you want to work. But whichever programme you choose, we’ll expect you to bring us strong time management skills, plus a real commitment to balancing the challenges of your job with the demands of studying.

What you can expect
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Plenty of challenges
This is a chance to learn from the best, so your first big challenge will be making it on to one of our highly competitive programmes. Once you do, you’ll learn every single day, both in the classroom and at work. Ultimately, you’ll be part of teams that are solving problems, hitting deadlines and delivering excellence every step of the way.

Amazing experiences
You won't just be working towards your qualification, you'll be building opportunities for the future. Throughout your apprenticeship, you’ll have the chance to meet lots of people and build your professional network. These people will be invaluable when it comes to planning your future career.

During your second and third years, you’ll get to experience a number of different areas within your business. So whether you’re based in civil aerospace, nuclear, defence or marine, you’ll get amazing exposure to real-life working situations.

Places you could work
Depending on the programme you apply to and the business you join, you could be based at any one of our sites, including our state-of-the-art Apprenticeship Academy in Derby. We have teams all over the UK, in places like Barnoldswick, Bristol, Hucknall, Inchinnan, Dounreay and Washington.

Support to grow
As well as supporting you in all the obvious ways, like making sure you get first-class tutoring and mentoring, we also offer less obvious ones.

As well as our tailored Outward Bound training programme, we also run an Education Awareness training programme. This prepares you to give something back to our local communities by inspiring young people to get excited about science and engineering, and where it could take them in future.

You’ll also have the chance to get involved in painting local community centres or creating gardens for the elderly. So not only do you get a lot from life at Rolls-Royce, we also give you the chance to give back.

On top of that, we offer Driver Awareness training, which is designed to help you become a safer driver. And then there’s our Financial Awareness training, which equips you with the skills to manage your money well and shows you how great the rewards with us can be if you're prepared to work hard.

Finally, we offer a Developing Personal Integrity programme, which is a practical workshop designed to teach you more about yourself and how you work. You’ll cover areas like motivation, resilience, confidence and communication skills, and learn what makes you behave in certain ways. More than that, you’ll discover how to, boost your strengths and manage yourself and your emotions.

Application process
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Stage 1: Application

Once you’ve decided which Apprenticeship is for you, you’ll need to find an appropriate vacancy and apply online in Search and Apply. Please note that you can only apply for one programme each cycle, so please ensure you’re completely happy you’ve chosen the right one.

Stage 2: Online Assessments

If you are applying to a role in the UK and have submitted your online application, you will immediately receive two emails – one to acknowledge that you have submitted your application, and the second email inviting you to take some online assessments. You will need to complete all of the assessments provided for your application to be considered.

Please note: not all emails are compatible with our systems so please check your spam/junk folders to ensure that you have received both emails.

You can also access these emails via “my job page” on your Rolls-Royce careers profile, or if you are still having difficulties please contact as soon as possible.

Please read IMPORTANT INFORMATION - HELP AND TIPS FOR ONLINE ASSESSMENTS as this contains lots of information to help you perform at your best for the online assessments and solutions to some of the most common queries we receive regarding the assessments.

You have ten days to complete the assessments - but before you do, try out some sample questions by visiting .

Stage 3: Come to our Assessment Centre

If your application is successful, you'll be invited to our assessment centre. The day consists of ability tests, interviews and a group exercise:

  • Manual Dexterity Test - a test designed to measure your hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.
  • Ability Test - as the tests you completed on-line were unsupervised you will be asked to re-sit one of them when you come in to see us. You may wish to re-visit the on-line practice questions at
  • Group Exercise - we will ask you to participate in a group activity that will allow us to observe how you work with others in a team environment.
  • Motivational Interview - we would like to know a bit more about your practical achievements. Think about a time you've made, designed or planned something and be prepared to talk us through what you did and what new skills you learnt.
  • Technical Interview - we would like to gain an understanding of how well you are able to learn and understand information that relates to our business. We are also interested in your understanding of Rolls-Royce and the different sectors in which we operate.
  • Competency Interview - you will be asked to give examples of times you've demonstrated some of the competencies that are important to us.

Stage 4: Success - you've got the job!

If you're successful at the assessment centre, you will be contacted within 1 week and told the good news.

Stage 5: Starting at Rolls-Royce

Once you accept, we do all we can to make joining us as straight forward as possible. You'll be put in touch with the right people immediately to make sure that you have access to a network of support right from the beginning.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll also be invited to a regional induction. It's a great opportunity to meet your new colleagues, learn about the programme and get your career off to a flying start.

Graduate programmes
Graduate programmes