Innovation is our lifeblood. Our capacity to innovate, year on year, is key to our competitive edge. It is our strong tradition of innovation that helps us to continually deliver value to our customers.
We are embedding a culture of innovation across the business. We are looking to all our people for ideas that improve how we work and how we are organised, as well as the technology we develop and the products and services we provide.
We know that to drive innovation we must create the right environment; curious, challening, unafraid of failure, open-minded and able to change with pace.
We have around 15,500 professional engineers worldwide who can apply their intellect and experience to improving the performance of our products. In 2014 we recruited 254 graduates into Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Early Career Development Programmes.
Our 150 strong Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellowship applies world-class leadership of technical expertise to our most complex challenges. The annual Sir Henry Royce Awards celebrate excellence in innovation, along with other innovation awards across the Group.
We also have a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, engaging over 700 academics in fundamental research into cutting edge technologies.