Goodwood-based Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
is offering a record number of places on its apprenticeship programme for 2022. Applications are now open for a total of 37 places, making this the largest intake since the scheme was initiated in 2006.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, said: “We have always recognised the fundamental importance of investing in future talent, not just to support our own business objectives, but to build the skills and knowledge base within UK luxury more widely.
“As well as receiving world-class training in practical craft, technical or business skills, while being paid, our apprentices study for qualifications up to and including degrees, all fully funded by the company. It is an amazing opportunity and a really attractive alternative to university for those who thrive in a more hands-on learning environment.”
The number of places available is up by more than 15% on the previous record set in 2020, reflecting the company's strong business performance, new model launches, including Ghost and its Black Badge variant, and the advent of a new generation of all-electric vehicles headed by the recently-announced Spectre.
Apprentices will spend two to four years at the company’s headquarters in Goodwood, combining paid work and training with part-time study at local colleges and universities. Throughout their time and depending on the apprenticeship they undertake, candidates will work towards an NVQ Level 3 qualification, an HNC, HND or a degree, fully funded by the company.
As well as craft-based training in assembly, interior surface, surface finish, interior trim or total vehicle quality management, there are opportunities to work in non-production roles. All apprentices undertake placements across various departments to experience different aspects of the business and widen their network of contacts.
They also benefit from mentors, support networks and excellent benefits. Most remain with the company on completing their training, with many former apprentices now occupying senior supervisory, technical and management roles.
All applicants take part in a well-established selection process designed to assess their individual strengths, aptitudes, personal qualities and potential. Successful candidates will join the company in September 2022.
Mr Müller-Ötvös added: “An apprenticeship is an incredibly attractive proposition for the many individuals who prefer to ‘learn by doing’. As well as enabling them to gain practical skills and formal qualifications, we give them real responsibility, helping them to develop self-confidence and positive attitudes that will stay with them for life.”
Prospective candidates for all apprenticeship positions should apply via the website (www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/careers