Rolls-Royce named a top supporter of Black Engineering Schools

Monday, 7 May 2012

RESTON, VA - Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been named a "Top Supporter" of historically black engineering schools in the U.S. by deans at the nation's prominent historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). This year marks the third consecutive naming for Rolls-Royce which is based upon an annual survey by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE&IT) magazine.

Jay Bennett, Vice President, Human Resources - Defense, Rolls-Royce, attended an annual USBE&IT recognition luncheon for "Top Supporters" in Baltimore, Maryland last Saturday.

 "We are delighted to be recognized as a company that has a long tradition of actively supporting historically black engineering schools here in the U.S.," said Bennett.  "At Rolls-Royce, education is the basis for creating a culture of leadership, learning and high performance. We are pioneers in innovative technology and a key priority is developing a highly skilled, diverse workforce with proficiency in precision engineering that will help us maintain our industry leadership in advanced manufacturing capability. Our HBCU relationships ensure our collective success."

Rolls-Royce employs more than 7,700 people in 26 states in the U.S. The company has a long -standing commitment to HBCU programs. As part of this "college-industry" partnership, Rolls-Royce engineering executives provide industry perspective by serving several HBCU industry cluster committees; sponsoring recruiting fairs for students interested in attending HBCU institutions; providing co-ops and internships for HBCU students; and actively recruiting on HBCU campuses for engineering and other positions.

In addition, Rolls-Royce actively supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives in schools across the country, with a focus on programs that promote engineering programs for women and minority students.

Rolls-Royce: Support of Education
Rolls-Royce supports and develops long-term partnerships with numerous academic research institutions across the world to access a wealth of talent and creativity to support the company's leading position in power systems.  These alliances support the company's advancement in design manufacturing technologies while preparing students for future jobs.  The company's education programs include scholarships, curriculum development, mentoring, apprenticeships, co-op programs, recruitment, financial and in-kind donations, along with the volunteerism and support of its employees.

  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, defense 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 $17.5 billion* in 2011, of which more than half came from the sale of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at $96.4 billion* at December 31, 2011, showing future growth.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs 40,400 skilled 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 $1.4 billion* 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. In North America, Rolls-Royce employs more than 9,300 people in 66 locations including six Canadian provinces.
  7. Over the past decade, Rolls-Royce invested over $1 billion in new facilities in the United States where it has operated for more than 100 years.
  8. Rolls-Royce operates 15 manufacturing, assembly or test facilities in 10 states including California, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

* USA currency exchange rate: £1= $1.55

For further information, please contact:

Joel Reuter
Director of Communications,
Rolls-Royce North America
Tel:+1 (317) 230-6662
Mobile:+1 (317) 410-1000

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