Rolls-Royce drives manufacturers of tomorrow

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 by Victoria Fitzgerald

Car manufacturer Rolls-Royce visited children from East Preston Infant School as part of its involvement with Government initiative See Inside Manufacturing.

Aimed at inspiring the future generation of UK manufacturing talent, the visit saw 60, year one pupils clad in hard hats and overalls learn about the production of motor vehicles.

Throughout the visit pupils were encouraged to ask Rolls-Royce representatives anything they wanted regarding the production processes.

The event coincided with the school’s afterschool Fine Motor Mechanics programme, launched at the start of 2015, which aims to improve fine motor co-ordination skills using mechanics and engineering activities.

The Fine Motor Mechanics team were given a personal tour of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase by Tom Lejasmeiers, who joined the Company as an Engineering Technician Apprentice in 2010.

Tom successfully completed his apprenticeship in 2014 prior to joining the Analysis department. Tom tackled a range of challenging questions and took time to talk about the technology behind many of the car’s unique features, such as the Bespoke Starlight Headliner.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars apprentice manager Helen Cordell said: “We were delighted to support a local school as part of the See Inside Manufacturing initiative. The response from the pupils and particularly their interest in manufacturing was fantastic.

“We encourage our apprentices to take part in these activities, with two from the current programme – from the Woodshop and Leathershop – joining the team at East Preston Infant School.”