New apprentice academy
In 2012, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer opened our new, state-of-the-art Apprentice Academy in Derby, UK. The facility enables us to increase the number of apprentices we train, beyond our own requirements. On completion of their training, the additional apprentices will find work in the supply chain, providing an additional source of skilled labour to the UK engineering and manufacturing industry. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provided £6m of financial support for the construction of the Academy. Through the support of the UK Government we will be able to train apprentices for the wider UK supply chain of small and medium sized enterprises.
The first fifty apprentices have started the programme and will be placed into manufacturing companies by mid-2013.
Following this successful pilot programme work is currently underway to secure funds under the UK Government's 'employer ownership' scheme to make the training of apprentices for the supply chain a business as usual process.
Separately, Rolls-Royce, working with other large engineering companies, has gained agreement from the UK Government to invest £750,000 in our education outreach programme to encourage more girls into taking STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and roles in engineering manufacturing.