STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
In a knowledge based economy, STEM is critical to sustaining economic growth of a country and the driver of a successful business.
These skills are highly valued by companies like Rolls-Royce where, each day, our 16,000 engineers around the world develop new solutions to deliver better power for a changing world.
We strongly believe that demand for skilled workers in STEM is closely linked to global competitiveness and a sustainable business.
That’s why we’ve set a target to reach 6 million people globally through Rolls-Royce STEM education programmes and activities by 2020. We are actively involved in a range of education outreach activities and engage with partners in the education sector to enthuse and inspire young people to pursue rewarding careers in STEM.
In Singapore, our learning and development collaborations underline our commitment in this area:
- Government: We participate in Singapore Economic Development Board's (EDB) Training and Attachment Programme. We also work closely with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), to develop training and specialist Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQs) programmes.
- Industry: We partner with Singapore’s NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) to train local technicians. We work closely with the Singapore Youth Flying Club to host education visits to our facilities for young students interested in aerospace.
- Educational institutions: We work closely with Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Polytechnic, and the Institute of Technical Education to establish engineering and scholarship programmes in Aerospace as well as Industrial Attachment opportunities for students. We provide internship opportunities for students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design. We also partner with SKIES Learning to host educational visits for students from various Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges and Polytechnics to our facilities to inspire and inform them about the opportunities available in STEM fields.
- STEM Ambassadors – we have a number of STEM Ambassadors in Rolls-Royce, who visit schools regularly to promote Science, Technology, engineering and Maths and talk to young students.
As a leading global employer of engineers, Rolls-Royce has a long history of supporting engineering related education around the world.
We are committed to improving the quality of education at all levels. The company’s education policy commits it to supporting schools to raise standards, ensuring resources are targeted, and helping equip young people with the skills and abilities demanded by the economy of today and the future.
Nanyang Technological University
In 2006, Rolls-Royce partnered with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) committing S$100,000 in a scholarship scheme to outstanding students in Singapore’s first Aerospace Engineering degree programme.
In September 2011, NTU launched the joint Master of Science degree programme in Project Management with the University of Manchester (UOM) in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, aimed at developing core competency skills in project management.
The new Advanced Remanufacturing Technology Centre, slated to open in 2014, is being established in partnership with NTU and will be located in close proximity to the NTU campus.
The S$75 million Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, located at the NTU campus and scheduled to open in early 2014 further strengthens the strategic partnership.
This new collaboration also aims to build Singapore’s human capital in the aerospace and maritime sectors, in addition to offering new job opportunities in research.
The lab will have a team of more than 300 top-level talent comprising research staff and technical experts. This includes Rolls-Royce staff and NTU faculty, as well as the training of up to 70 researchers, 40 PhD and 25 Master’s students, in addition to a number of NTU undergraduates.
Rolls-Royce collaborated with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to establish an engineering degree programme in Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology which saw its first graduating class in May 2012.
Our commitment to excellence doesn’t end with our products. As a good corporate citizen Rolls-Royce supports social regeneration and art projects in Singapore and the region. Globally, Rolls-Royce encourages staff to volunteer their time and talents to enrich the communities in which they live and work. Each year approximately 4,000 Rolls-Royce employees give their time and expertise to social regeneration and education activities globally
In 2011, Rolls-Royce donated over 94 million Rupiah to fund the construction of a new dormitory for girls at the Yayasan Pondok Pesantren Hidaytullah home on the tiny island of Bintan, Indonesia. The project began in late 2011 and the girls’ dormitory was completed in August 2012 when Rolls-Royce employees and family members visited the orphanage to spend time with the children and deliver essential supplies.
The home was established in 1996 and provides a safe environment for orphaned and under-privileged children from Bintan and the surrounding area. The home provides the children with food and shelter and gives them the opportunity to attend local public schools, offering hope for the future.
Children’s Cancer Foundation
Rolls-Royce has supported the Children’s Cancer Foundation since 2011 through a number of fund-raising events and participation in awareness campaigns.
In 2011, over 350 Rolls-Royce employees volunteered their time to participate in a 24 hour bicycle ride around the Seletar Campus to raise funds and raise awareness. Personal employee donations were matched dollar for dollar by Rolls-Royce and the employees covered over 2,400 km in challenging weather conditions raising over S$ 22,000.
Most recently, a number of Rolls-Royce employees in Singapore made a ‘bald statement’ and shaved their heads to raise funds for the Hair for Hope, a charity event organised by the Children’s Cancer Foundation, where volunteers share their heads to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer.