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Rolls Royce Apprenticeship

If you are looking for a Rolls Royce Apprenticeship, then you have a couple of options. Most people only think of cars when they hear the name Rolls Royce. It is true that the brand was created by Henry Rolls and Charles Royce in Manchester in 1904. They agreed to make high end luxury cars and to sell them under the Rolls Royce brand.

However, during the First World War in 1914, the company also started making engines for aircraft – both military and civilian. In fact, the majority of aircraft in use today are powered by a Rolls Royce aero engine. In 1973, Rolls Royce was taken into state ownership and the car business was sold off as a separate entity. Rolls Royce Motor Cars is now owned by BMW and its cars are made in a state of the art factory at Goodwood, near Chichester.

Today, Rolls Royce is the world leader in aviation and marine engines with plants all across the UK and around the world. The company offers a range of Rolls Royce Apprenticeship roles for students with either GCSEs or A Levels. Rolls Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood also offers a range of Rolls Royce Apprenticeship roles for school leavers with GCSEs.

In this blog, we will take a brief look at the various Rolls Royce Apprenticeship roles on offer with both the Aviation and the Automotive businesses. We will also look at similar Apprenticeships which are on offer with key competitors to Rolls Royce. Because if you don’t live near to a Rolls Royce site, and if you can’t relocate, then you could still find the same type of role with another company.


Rolls Royce Apprenticeship: Aviation


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Rolls Royce Apprenticeship – Rolls Royce Aviation


The Rolls Royce Apprenticeship scheme includes roles for those with either 3 GCSEs, 5 GCSEs, or A Levels. Students with A Levels can also apply to a Degree Level programme which takes 4 years to complete. Here are some brief details of Rolls Royce Apprenticeship roles for students with GCSEs:

Associate Project Manager: Based at the Nuclear site in Derby. Rolls-Royce Nuclear powers the entire Royal Navy nuclear submarine fleet.

Practical: Based at one of many sites across the UK. You will learn how to build and test parts for a wide range of projects.

Technical: Based at either Birmingham or Bristol. You could train as a Modeller, converting design ideas into CAD models and drawings. Or you could choose to focus on Non-Destructive Testing. In this role, you will look for the best testing methods to check if a part needs to be replaced.

For further details, or for roles for students with A Levels, click here.


Rolls Royce Apprenticeship – or an Airbus Apprenticeship?


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Rolls Royce Apprenticeship – or an Airbus Apprenticeship?


If you don’t live near a Rolls Royce site, you could also apply for an Apprenticeship with one of its main competitors. Airbus employs more than 15,000 people in the UK, with locations all across the country, stretching from Aberdeen to Portsmouth. Airbus has trained more than 4,000 Apprentices in the last 10 years, and it offers Apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • Commercial Aircraft: Engineering, IT, Business, Finance, Craft, Customer Services
  • Defence and Space: Craft, Engineering
  • Helicopters: Engineering

To apply for an Apprenticeship with Airbus, you will need to have:

  • Commercial Aircraft: 2 or 3 A Levels, depending on the role. Craft and Customer Services only require 6 GCSEs.
  • Defence and Space: 5 GCSEs.
  • Helicopters: 3 GCSEs.

For further details about Airbus Apprenticeships, click here.


Rolls Royce Apprenticeship: Cars


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Rolls Royce Apprenticeship – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has a range of 3 or 4 year Apprenticeships at their factory at Goodwood, near Chichester. These include roles which teach the traditional crafts skills from the golden days of coach building. For example:

  • Technical
  • Leather Shop Sewing or Covering
  • Wood Shop and Lacquer

To apply for a Rolls Royce Apprenticeship at Goodwood, you will need to have 5 GCSEs.

Vacancies are usually advertised in January or February, with a closing date of March. Roles start in September.

For further details, click here.


Rolls Royce Apprenticeship – or a Bentley Apprenticeship?


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Rolls Royce Apprenticeship – or a Bentley Motors Apprenticeship?


Bentley is perhaps the only true competitor to Rolls Royce. It makes a similar range of luxury cars at its factory in Crewe.

The Bentley Apprenticeship scheme offers the following roles in Manufacturing: Wood Shop, Leather Trim, Bodyshop & Paint, Engine, and Final Assembly. As a Leather Trim Apprentice, you will learn learning how to select, cut and trim leather for the seats and interior – by hand!

There are also roles in Engineering, Production, Logistics, Sales and Marketing, and many more. A Bentley Apprenticeship can take up to 4 years to complete.

To apply for an Apprenticeship with Bentley, you will need to have:

  • Advanced Level: 4 GCSEs.
  • Higher Level or Degree Level: 5 GCSEs and 3 A-Levels.

Roles are posted on the Bentley website in February each year. But you will need to be quick! The closing date for applications is early March.

Bentley also holds an Open Day in early February each year. You will need to apply via the Bentley website to attend the Open Day.

For further details, click here.


Rolls Royce Apprenticeship: Where next?

Hopefully this blog has shown you there are many Rolls Royce Apprenticeship roles waiting for you. The training you will receive will be first-class, and it will be just the start of a rewarding career in the industry. The qualifications you will earn will allow you to progress as you gain further experience.

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