Rolls-Royce doubles the size of its apprenticeship programme for 2020

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has launched its 2020 apprenticeship programme to “candidates of all ages and backgrounds” and successful applicants will also receive additional degree level training in practical engineering skills.

The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship programme offers the chance for successful applicants to develop practical skills in building “the best car in the world”, alongside seasoned craftspeople at the BMW Group subsidiary’s Goodwood plant in West Sussex.

The announcement coincides with National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February) and could mean future full-time employment with the British multinational company.


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The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship programme 

Now in its 14th year, the apprenticeship programme was expanded in 2019 when Rolls-Royce introduced the Sir Ralph Robins Degree Apprenticeship. Additional to the practical training candidates receive at the Goodwood plant, they also study a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Chichester.

The number of places on offer to successful Rolls-Royce candidates has doubled for 2020.

Those training at Goodwood will spend between two and four years learning practical skills in assembly, woodshop, surface finish, leathershop, parts quality, and total vehicle quality management.

Rolls-Royce said the scheme is open to candidates of all ages and backgrounds and many apprentices go on to assume full-time roles at the company, and from there to senior supervisory, technical and management roles.


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“Our apprenticeship programme is one of our greatest achievements, providing unique professional and personal development opportunities for talented people,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“I am delighted that so many of our previous apprentices are still with us and it is very satisfying to know that Rolls-Royce trained craftspeople are contributing to the wider success of British manufacturing.

“Our degree apprenticeships were created in 2019 to recognise the contribution to the business of Sir Ralph Robins, one of Rolls-Royce’s non-executive directors. The response was phenomenal: the volume and quality of applications showed that this new pathway answered a real need,” he added.

Applications close on 15 March and successful candidates will join the company in August 2020.

For more information about how to apply, visit The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship programme

*Images courtesy of Rolls-Royce