Amber Burrows - Technical Apprenticeship

As a Technical Apprentice, you will develop and refine your investigative and problem-solving abilities. By the time you reach the end of your three-and-a-half years, you'll have what it takes to face some of the world's toughest engineering challenges - which you could be doing anywhere in the world, thanks to our vast global reach. You can also expect to have achieved Foundation degree status, proving this is a real alternative to university.

Your first year gives you grounding in a wide variety of core technical skills, with a range of mentored placements helping us determine where in our business will suit you best. Year 2 will see you widening and deepening your knowledge, until in Year 3 you get aligned to a specific Rolls-Royce business.

Throughout your Technical Apprenticeship, you'll enjoy on and off-the-job training that leads to a number of qualifications including a BTEC in an engineering discipline, Employee Rights and Responsibility, Core / Function Skills (e.g. Personal Learning and Thinking Skills), plus an NVQ Level 3. All of which equip you for a bright future and a promising career in engineering.

Modeller
This role is all about converting design ideas into computer models and engineering drawings. These drawings are then used to manufacture and assemble the engines and all their components. That means taking an engineering concept and turning it into both model geometry and an engineering detail drawing.

Your training will cover everything from engineering spatial awareness to drawing board skills to geometric control, using the latest Computer Aided Drafting technology. In addition, by placing you in integrated teams, we'll build up your skills in engine technology, manufacturing technics and process development.

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.

Non-destructive Testing Technician
Our engines must be able to withstand all kinds of conditions, which means we have to find ways of testing them thoroughly - all without destroying them! That's exactly what our Testing Technicians do - providing non-destructive technical (NDT) support to virtually any area of our business.

This could mean establishing the best test methods and techniques to be used, setting up written instructions and procedures, or checking if equipment needs replacing or updating.

We’ll train you to qualified level 3 standard in most of the major NDT methods, such as magnetic particle inspection, fluorescent penetrant inspection, eddy current inspection, radiographic inspection and ultrasonic inspection.

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
Working in different parts of Aerospace business, Team Members get involved in all sorts of jobs. These include investigating whether a new project is feasible, developing repair schemes to make sure our customers and product developers get what they need, and looking after our specialised product tools - coordinating how they're designed, manufactured and, once they're made, looked after.

All our Team Members are trained to cover a variety of production engineering methods, investigation techniques and problem solving skills.

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.

Opportunities throughout the UK: Annesley, Bristol, Derby, Hucknall, Glasgow area, Newcastle and Warwick

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 C or above in Maths (Higher paper), 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 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.
  • In Scotland you will also need to have a relevant Science/Technical subject such as Physics, Higher Engineering Science, Higher Design and Manufacture  and Maths qualification all at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent

Enthusiasm for the theoretical side of 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're fascinated with how things work. In the Technical Apprenticeship you'll be working a lot with computers, investigating new ways of doing things and solving intricate technical problems. We'd love to hear about how you enjoy tinkering 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
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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