Rolls-Royce to train apprentices for supply chain and midlands manufacturers

Today, Friday 2 November 2012, Rolls-Royce welcomed the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, to officially open the new Rolls-Royce Apprentice Academy in Derby. The new facility will enable Rolls-Royce to train additional apprentices to work in Rolls-Royce supply chain and East Midlands manufacturing companies.

Occupying 3740 square meters, the Academy has 13 training rooms and a workshop that is equipped with the very latest machines, tooling and software that will help today's trainees become tomorrow's high-class engineers.

Apprentices at the academy will undertake a wide range of programmes from Young Apprentices for 14 to 16 year olds on day release from school, to a Manufacturing Leadership programme that aims to develop leaders for the future. For the first time this training will be open to Rolls-Royce supply chain companies and other manufacturing organisations in the East Midlands.

During his visit to the Academy, the Chancellor commented that: "Excellence in engineering is what countries like Britain need if we are to win the global race that we are in. Apprenticeships and the new engineering qualifications that we are announcing today help us achieve that, by giving young people the skills that they want and that businesses and the economy need.

"I am pleased to take part in the opening of the new Rolls-Royce Apprentice Academy which will also benefit suppliers in small and medium sized manufacturing."

Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce, Director of Engineering and Technology, who accompanied the Chancellor during the visit, said: "We are delighted to welcome the Chancellor to Rolls-Royce to celebrate the opening of our new Apprentice Academy. We set the highest standards, both in educating our people and in delivering the most efficient products in the industry for our customers. What we do is exciting and it's great that this new Academy will offer access to state-of-the-art facilities and training to a wider range of young people who are beginning their careers in engineering."

Rolls-Royce has had an apprenticeship programme for over 100 years. In 2012 the Group recruited over 300 apprentices and at any one time we have over 1000 apprentices on our programmes around the world. OFSTED graded the Rolls-Royce apprenticeship programme outstanding in all areas and Rolls-Royce is one of only two non-educational organisations to be awarded Beacon Status by the Learning & Skills Improvement Service.

Rolls-Royce UK Investment

  • Rolls-Royce has invested £1.7billion on improved facilities and new equipment in the last five years (incl. 2011).  Almost 60% (£978m) of this has been in the UK.
  • In 2011, we invested £466 million globally, £246 million of which was in the UK.
  • Over 21,000 people work for Rolls-Royce in the UK.
  • Activity generated by Rolls-Royce, its supply chain and employee spending supports around 106,000 UK jobs – accounting for one in 300 of the British workforce.
  • Because of our highly skilled workforce, employee productivity is 80% higher than the national average and wages are about 40% higher.
  • Rolls-Royce accounts for 2% of UK exports, £7.8bn of GDP.
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