Lucy Smedley - Project Analyst/Controller

You have to combine so many skills to work in the field of Project Management that you might think going to university is the only way to get them. It's one way - but another way is to combine theory with practical, real-life experience.

That's precisely what we'll teach you to do on our Project Analyst / Controller Higher Apprenticeship scheme, and unlike university, we will pay you to do it and give you the opportunity to achieve both a Foundation Degree and Level 4 Diploma in Project Management.

As a Project Analyst / Controller you will be the eyes and ears of the project ensuring that it stays on track and will be fundamental to the successful delivery of our order book. You will gain a firm foundation in Project techniques, and complete mentored placements in various areas of the company, typically six months each.

Picture it: developing professional experience using world-class tools and processes, learning from real Project Management professionals and working towards Project Management qualifications. Someday, you may be involved in bringing a new gas turbine engine to market, or overseeing the building of a new generation of power stations or manufacturing facilities.

The possibilities are limitless...

UK (Derby and Bristol)

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 Higher Apprenticeship, you’ll study towards a Project Management Degree accredited to Lancaster University, and an NVQ diploma in Project Management.

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
  • 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:


  • A-Level – Three at grade A* to C, one of which must be in a numerate subject (examples include Maths, Physics, Economics, Business) - achieved or expected.
  • GCSE – Grade C or above in Maths (higher paper), English Language, Science and at least one other subject.


  • Highers – Three at grade A* to C, one of which must be in a numerate subject (examples include Maths, Physics, Economics, Business) (achieved or expected).

Plus two Standard grades (Band 3, Intermediate 2 Band C or Intermediate 1 Band A) in English and one other subject.

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

Fast learner and motivated
Importantly, you'll be articulate, numerate, driven and a fast learner who's good at engaging people at all levels. 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 SeptemberOngoing
BristolThursday 20 NovemberOngoing

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