HRH The Prince of Wales sees world leading technology on visit to Rolls-Royce

Friday, 24 February 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales to its facilities in Derby today, where he met employees and saw examples of the Group’s world leading technology.

HRH also spent time with some of the 600 apprentices that Rolls-Royce trains in the UK. This number will significantly increase in the years ahead as the Group trains more apprentices for the supply chain and local engineering companies. HRH spoke with some of the first intake onto this new scheme, who have now completed their training and secured jobs with a supplier to Rolls-Royce. 

Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce, Director of Engineering and Technology, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness today. As a Global business we invest for the long term, in research, facilities and particularly in training our people, so I am pleased that Prince Charles has shown such an interest in our apprenticeship programmes. Engineering is a rewarding career and apprenticeships provide young people with the foundation they need to excel.”

Clare Cordon, Rolls-Royce Higher Apprentice, said “It was great to meet Prince Charles today and speak to him about my job. We get the chance to work with amazing technology at Rolls-Royce and I was proud to show Prince Charles some of the work that we do.”

On his tour of the facility, HRH was given an introduction to the advanced aero engine technology developed by Rolls-Royce and saw the newest Rolls-Royce engine to go into production, the Trent 1000.  The Trent 1000 powers the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most fuel efficient aircraft in the world.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. Rolls-Royce has over 570 graduates across the globe, 400 of which are on the UK scheme.
  9. Rolls-Royce recruited nearly 300 apprentices in 2011, over 200 of these were in the UK– at any one time we have over 900 in our programmes.
  10. Rolls-Royce plans to train 50 apprentices for supply chain companies by mid 2012.
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