On Thursday 11 April the UK Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP visited
Rolls-Royce's new Apprentice Academy in the Company's Learning and Career Development Centre at Derby, UK.
His visit was a recognition of the importance of apprenticeships and the aerospace industry to the UK economy.
The Prime Minister was met by Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce, Director of Engineering and Technology and Graham Schuhmacher, Rolls-Royce, Head of Development Services before being taken on a tour of the academy by Higher Apprentice Aiden Rogers.
During his visit, the Prime Minister discussed the importance of enthusing and engaging young people in science and engineering and the part that Rolls-Royce plays as one of the country's leading apprentice providers.
He also spoke to Rolls-Royce apprentices to canvas ideas on how more young women could be encouraged into engineering roles and expressed his views on how apprenticeships should be further promoted in schools.
Rolls-Royce Higher Apprentice Aiden Rogers, who hosted the Prime Minister during his visit said: "It was really great to meet the PM. He was relaxed and approachable and was really interested in Derby's strong engineering history."
The Apprentice Academy was officially opened by the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer in November 2012. It trains apprentices to work across all areas of Rolls-Royce's business, its supply chain and for other UK manufacturing companies and is a key part of Rolls-Royce's 100 year old apprenticeship programme.