Daniel Mellor - Practical Apprenticeship

Join us as a Practical Apprentice and you'll quickly become integral to our skills base. We'll help you develop your experience and grow your talent – equipping you with the knowledge and opportunities to take your career higher and further.

Make no mistake – this is hands-on work with real responsibility. Your training will cover everything from manufacturing, building and testing to fixing and operating products and equipment. From day one, you'll work on state-of-the-art components, machinery and technologies – guided and supported by some of the most advanced engineers in the world.

This genuine alternative to university will take you on an incredible three-and-a-half-year journey. Where you go after that depends entirely on the scale of your ambition.

You will gain generic practical skills in the first year before undertaking mentored placements to help us determine the most suitable skill for you and to meet the business needs. Year 2 will see you gaining breadth and depth of knowledge before year 3 where you will be aligned to a specific Rolls-Royce business. During your 3 year Apprenticeship you will receive on and off the job training and attain a number of qualifications (including BTEC or VRQ in an engineering discipline, Employee Rights and Responsibility, Core / Function Skills e.g. Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, and an NVQ Level 3 in the aligned skill). On completion apprentices will be able to enter the engineering workforce where the practical route will equate to 'skilled status'

Electrical Engineer
Our plants make use of a vast array of technology, most of which involves some kind of electronic activity. Our Electrical Engineers are responsible for looking after these aspects - installing, maintaining, checking, refurbishing and repairing a variety of different equipment.

Simply put, we'll turn you into an electrical expert, training you in everything from repairing general breakdowns and defects, to installing a new plant - using conduits, pyro, wire armoured cable and panel wiring - to stripping down and refurbishing all sorts and sizes of motors, to repairing lighting fixtures, to taking switches to pieces, to examining control circuits, to using meters to measure voltage and current.

You'll also complete an SVQ or NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an SVQ/NVQ level 3 in the appropriate discipline. Key/Core/Functional skills and a college certificate e.g. BTEC, VRQ etc. Sponsorship for Higher Education qualifications e.g. HNC/HND/Foundation Degree may also be available once you have obtained your substantive role.

Instrument Fitter
When you're building machinery as complex and important as our engines, it's imperative that our instrumentation provides accurate measurements at all times. This is the responsibility of our Instrumentation teams, who install instruments, maintain and calibrate equipment and repair defects in any electronic equipment we have on site - CCTV systems, to chemical analysis equipment, to our control systems.

Basically, you'll learn to deal with absolutely everything to do with the complicated instrumentation we use on site.

You'll also complete an SVQ or NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an SVQ/NVQ level 3 in the appropriate discipline. Key/Core/Functional skills and a college certificate e.g. BTEC, VRQ etc. Sponsorship for Higher Education qualifications e.g. HNC/HND/Foundation Degree may also be available once you have obtained your substantive role.

Machinist
Generally working to rotational shift patterns, Machinists are responsible for manufacturing a range of engine parts using a variety of methods and machines. This involves interpreting engineering drawings, so you'll also be trained to work to a fine degree of accuracy using manual and electronic measuring instruments.

Among other skills, you'll learn turning, milling, and grinding, getting to grips with computer numerically controlled machines (CNC) as well as hand-operated equipment.

You'll also complete an SVQ or NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an SVQ/NVQ level 3 in the appropriate discipline. Key/Core/Functional skills and a college certificate e.g. BTEC, VRQ etc. Sponsorship for Higher Education qualifications e.g. HNC/HND/Foundation Degree may also be available once you have obtained your substantive role.

Mechanical Fitter
Our Mechanical Fitters get involved in a range of activities. On any given day, they could be making sure steam turbines or high and low pressure steam systems are working to the highest standards; or they could be getting to grips with the hydraulics on the machinery we use; or they could be helping to construct pipe work or manufacture one-off components. Or they could just as well be turning their hand to any one of our on-site systems - such as the heating and ventilation in our buildings.

In what is an extremely varied role, you'll be trained to deal with all the hands-on mechanical activities on site.

You'll also complete an SVQ or NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an SVQ/NVQ level 3 in the appropriate discipline. Key/Core/Functional skills and a college certificate e.g. BTEC, VRQ etc. Sponsorship for Higher Education qualifications e.g. HNC/HND/Foundation Degree may also be available once you have obtained your substantive role.

Mechatronics Engineer
Mechatronics Engineers maintain and service a range of machine tools, mechanically and electronically. Working in shifts, they deal with various internal manufacturing and assembly departments, working on scheduled and planned maintenance operations, responding to machine tool breakdowns and getting involved in a continuous Total Productive Maintenance Programme.

The nature of the role means you'll learn practically everything about how each of our state-of-the-art machines work.

You'll also complete an SVQ or NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an SVQ/NVQ level 3 in the appropriate discipline. Key/Core/Functional skills and a college certificate e.g. BTEC, VRQ etc. Sponsorship for Higher Education qualifications e.g. HNC/HND/Foundation Degree may also be available once you have obtained your substantive role.

Team Member
Team Members work within our Aerospace business. They support a variety of customers worldwide by providing a full range of engine overhaul activities - e.g. stripping, refurbishing, building and testing engines.

All our Team Members are trained to cover a variety of disciplines and skills, from complex fitting/inspection and machining right down to tasks like administration. You'll be trained in all the core disciplines you need to achieve skilled status, preparing you for a range of development options at the end of your apprenticeship.

You'll also complete an SVQ or NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an SVQ/NVQ level 3 in the appropriate discipline. Key/Core/Functional skills and a college certificate e.g. BTEC, VRQ etc. Sponsorship for Higher Education qualifications e.g. HNC/HND/Foundation Degree may also be available once you have obtained your substantive role.

Toolmaker
Our Precision Casting Facility tool room team designs and makes a variety of tools that are used in the production of turbine blades for our engines. This includes everything from wax pattern dies to fixtures and tooling. They also advise on and influence the design of tooling, both inside Rolls-Royce and with some of our suppliers.

As a Toolmaker, you'll learn a variety of skills, including designing and making dies, fixtures and gauges for turbine blade production, as well as modifying them to meet different needs. You'll also be machining and shaping a variety of materials, from metals and plastics, to wood, resins, fibreglass and fillers, so you'll learn a variety of machining and fitting skills.

You'll also complete an SVQ or NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an SVQ/NVQ level 3 in the appropriate discipline. Key/Core/Functional skills and a college certificate e.g. BTEC, VRQ etc. Sponsorship for Higher Education qualifications e.g. HNC/HND/Foundation Degree may also be available once you have obtained your substantive role.

Opportunities throughout the UK but could include:, Ansty, Barnoldswick, Bristol, Dunfermline, East Kilbride, Hucknall, Inchinnan, Newcastle and Dounreay.

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 £10,795 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 3, 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 dependent 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
  • 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:

  • GCSE – Grade D or above in Maths, English Language and a Science subject i.e. Physics or Chemistry plus 1 other technical subject. 
  • Scottish Standard (Grades 1–3) in Maths, English, Physics or Chemistry or a technical subject
  • Scottish Intermediate 1 (Band A) Maths, English, Physics or Chemistry or a technical subject
  • Scottish Intermediate 2 (Band A–C) Maths, English, Physics or Chemistry or a technical subject
  • SQA National Certificate or
  • National 5 (Grade A-C) in Mathematics, English,  a relevant Science related subject, such as Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Science OR a relevant technical subject such as Design & Manufacture, Design & Technology, Practical Metal Working Skills, Graphic Communication, plus one other National 5 Qualification.

A passion for hands-on engineering
Beyond your academic qualifications, we'll be looking for evidence that you're genuinely interested in and enthusiastic about developing a career in your chosen area. 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.

Team skills, and good time management
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. You'll also need to be good at organising your time, as you'll need to make time for studying, as well as actually getting on and doing your job.

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 http://Rolls-Royce.cut-e.com

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:

  • 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 http://Rolls-Royce.cut-e.com
  • 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 1 week and told the good news.

Application

Locations may vary, so please check back for further information:

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DerbyMonday 1st September 2014Friday 17th October 2014
HucknallMonday 1st September 2014Friday 17th October 2014
RotherhamTBCTBC
BristolMonday 5th January 2015Friday 6th February 2015
AnstyMonday 5th January 2015Friday 6th February 2015
BarnoldswickMonday 12th January 2015Friday 20th February 2015
GlasgowMonday 9th February 2015Friday 27th February 2015