Sara Underwood - Manufacturing Engineering

Our Manufacturing Engineers are involved in the development of some of the most advanced manufacturing processes in the world – across aerospace, marine, and nuclear technology. Turning our designs into reality involves working with a broad range of stakeholders including designers, customers, suppliers and operations specialists in every part of Rolls-Royce around the globe

Throughout your three and a half year Higher Apprenticeship, you’ll be working with engineers who are amongst the best in their field, and gain a solid foundation of engineering skills to build upon.

After completing your foundation training, you’ll have a broad appreciation of engineering principles and will embark on a series of mentored three month placements - ensuring you gain both the breadth and depth of experience you need to become a vital part of our future. These placements will give you practical knowledge in areas such as process planning, managing projects and costs, evaluating engineering designs, solving engineering problems, and implementing quality assurance methods.

You’ll enjoy on and off-the-job training, a competitive salary and opportunities to progress within our manufacturing engineering function. How far you progress in this role is up to you and your ambitions.

UK (Derby, Bristol, Hucknall, Sunderland, Barnoldswick)

Get paid
At Rolls-Royce, as well as training you for a well-paid career, we'll pay you a competitive salary from day one of your Apprenticeship. How much depends on your role and location, but you'll start on around £11,875 a year.

From the moment you join Rolls-Royce, you'll be a valuable member of the team and we'll make sure your work is well-rewarded.

Get qualified
Throughout your Apprenticeship, you'll go to college to study for nationally-recognised qualifications, for example, NVQ/SVQs Level 4 or 5 in Engineering Leadership, among other qualifications. You may also be able to continue study beyond your apprenticeship for more advanced qualifications like an HNC, HND or Foundation degree dependant on business requirements.

Get experienced
All our apprentices go on our Outward Bound Professional Programme to help develop some of the other important skills you'll need at Rolls-Royce. Through exciting, fast-paced activities outdoors and in the classroom you'll improve your teamwork, self-confidence and communication skills. You'll push yourself in new and different ways. And your experiences mean you'll come back to work an even stronger member of our team.

  • Do a real job in an advanced engineering business
  • Learn alongside world-class engineers
  • Earn valuable qualifications – with the potential for funded studies to Master's degree level
  • Get paid a real wage
  • Get career support from day one
  • Enjoy a competitive pension, and 33 days' holiday per year (inclusive of Bank Holidays).

Our Apprenticeships involve a fair amount of academic work. For that reason, we'll need you to have already achieved a certain level in your education:


  • A-Level - Grades A* to B in Maths, Physics/Chemistry and one other (achieved or expected).
  • GCSE - Grades A* to C intermediate 1 A or 2 A-C in Maths (Higher paper), English Language, a relevant Science or Technical subject (not Combined Science).

Scotland and alternatives to A-Level:

  • SQA Higher National Diploma
  • Scottish Highers in Maths and Physics (Band A-C)
  • Key/Functional Skills level 3
  • S/NVQs at level 3, level 4 and level 5
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in an Engineering related subject including
  • Further Maths - Merit
  • HNC/HND/SQA Professional Development Award in an engineering-related subject.

Enthusiasm for engineering
Beyond your academic qualifications, we'll be looking for evidence that you're genuinely interested in and enthusiastic about developing a career in engineering.

For instance, we'd like to hear about how you like to tinker with cars, bicycles or motorbikes; or about an engineering project you've done at school, or an engineering club you've been involved with. Whatever it is, we need to know you've thought things through and are fairly sure that this career is right for you.

Analytical and motivated
Importantly, you'll be analytical, methodical and good at solving problems - as well as articulate, driven and a fast learner. We'll also be looking at where you might have demonstrated your drive and motivation; for example sports, languages, organising a significant event, Duke of Edinburgh or charity work.

Team skills
We're also very keen to take on people who love working as a team because, despite the size of our company, we all enjoy working with other people. So, we'll be interested in how you've worked in a group, whether that's at school, with your family, in a sports team, at work, in voluntary organisations, such as the Guides, Scouts or Cadets, or as part of religious or community activities.

Stage 1: Once you've decided which Apprenticeship is for you, you'll need to find an appropriate vacancy and apply online.

Stage 2: 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 then have ten days to complete them – but before you do, try out some sample question by visiting

You will need to complete all of the assessments provided for your application to be considered. We have also compiled a number of frequently asked questions to support you.

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.

Stage 3: If your application is successful, you'll be invited to our assessment centre. The day consists of ability tests, interviews and a group exercise:

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


DerbyMonday 1st September 2014Ongoing
BarnoldswickMonday 12th January 2015Friday 20th February 2015