Rolls-Royce Motor Cars recently announced that a record number of places are available for the company’s 2017 Apprenticeship Programme. Since the programme was launched in 2006, numbers have progressively increased, with 2017 offering a record 20 candidates the opportunity to join the team at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex.
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Apprenticeship Programme provides 16-24 year olds with the opportunity to learn and develop skills at the Home of the world’s leading luxury manufacturer. The apprenticeships last for up to four years and include college courses that are nationally recognised, alongside on-the-job training at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The programme has been designed in conjunction with several local colleges.
Successful applicants will join in August 2017, working alongside specialised craftspeople in leather, wood, paint, engineering and assembly roles. Since the launch of the Apprenticeship Programme in September 2006, over 100 people have joined. Following a successful apprenticeship period, there is an opportunity to develop within the company, with many Apprentices now taking up leadership roles.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “We are committed to developing future talent at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and I am especially pleased that we will welcome a record number of new Apprentices to the business in 2017. The development of artisanal craft skills at our centre of excellence, here in West Sussex, has been a hallmark of the first successful chapter in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. I look forward to welcoming the next generation of talented craftspeople to the Home of Rolls-Royce in the Summer.”
The Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards and MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, said, “I am delighted that in Apprenticeship Week Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are able to announce record numbers of new apprenticeships. This is very good news for the young people talented and industrious enough to be accepted onto a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship. It is also excellent news for the wider economy.” He continued, “Bognor Regis is proud to have Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as an important and prestigious local employer and pleased that the company is investing in its future through its successful Apprenticeship Programme.”
In addition to the Apprenticeship Programme, around 100 university students were employed with the company in 2016 on industrial placements, ranging in duration from six to 12 months. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is currently recruiting for positions in 2017. The company also runs a successful Graduate Programme, with new positions made available each year.