Rolls Royce Plc

Engineering Advanced Practical Apprenticeship Programme


Rolls Royce Plc

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Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday; shifts TBC.
duration: 4 years
start: 7 September 2020
Advanced(level 3)
Engineering Technician Level 3 (A level) (apprenticeship standard)
16 positions available
27 January 2020 (application closing date)
When you’re building some of the most advanced engines in the world, the margin for error is, quite literally, microscopic. That’s why we invest so much in training our Practical Apprentices. We provide a salaried job and the support you need to gain nationally recognised qualifications.


In your first year, you’ll gain a strong foundation in the practical skills you need to work on our products. Over the following three years, you’ll broaden and deepen your knowledge through a range of attachments within a defined business, where you’ll work with and be supported by some of our top engineers. Along the way, you’ll work towards completing your Apprenticeship standard and gain relevant engineering qualifications.

This is practical work. So whether you’re producing, building or maintaining Rolls-Royce products, or are making and maintaining the tools we need to a high standard, you’ll be making a big impact. Throughout your apprenticeship you can expect to train on some state-of-the-art products, equipment or machinery. All while being guided and supported by engineering experts.

 We will have a variety of opportunities to work including machinists, fitters and maintenance technicians. The roles specific duties are below:


  • Machinists are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multi- axis CNC machine tools centres. You’ll be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used. When using CNC equipment you will be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes

Maintenance Technician:

  • Maintenance Technicians mechanically and electronically maintain and service a range of machine tools, plant and equipment. You’ll deal with various internal manufacturing and assembly departments, delivering scheduled and planned maintenance operations and responding to machine tool breakdowns. The  work would cover a broad range of activities include installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines


  • Working within Defence Aerospace Operations you’ll be trained in three key areas. Assembly is where Fitters either assemble new engines starting with individual modules and bring these together to build the full engine, or working on repairing engines that have been returned from service. Development is a research and design operation where Fitters strip and build existing engines to try out various changes to determine improvements. It also ensures that new engine introduction complies with all Aviation Authority and other regulatory requirements. Test requires Fitters to test a range of engines in our test beds to ensure compliance

Future Prospects

With the chance to get practical experience with our engines or products, we offer the sort of exciting, real-world exposure that you simply can’t get anywhere else.

Reality Check

We are an equal opportunities employer. We’re committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment. We believe that people from different backgrounds and cultures give us different perspectives. And the more perspectives we have, the more successful we’ll be. By building a culture of respect and appreciation, we give everyone who works here the opportunity to realise their full potential.

Skills Required

We’ll want to see creativity, an agile approach and a passion for practical engineering - you’ll need to be keen to get stuck into real work in a factory-based environment. Numeracy is important, and you should be a great team player. You’ll have to learn fast and have the discipline to balance studying for a qualification with the demands of your role.

Qualities Required

Beyond your qualifications, we want to see evidence that you're genuinely interested in developing a career in engineering. For instance, we'd like to hear about how you tinker with cars, bicycles or motorbikes; or about an engineering project you've done at school or work, or a club you've been involved with.

Qualifications Required

You’ll need a minimum three GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English Language, plus either Engineering, Design & Technology or Science (excluding Biology), all at grade 4 or C or above (obtained or predicted).

Training Provided

Advanced Engineering Technician standard.

Throughout your apprenticeship you can expect to train on some state-of-the-art products, equipment or machinery. All while being guided and supported by engineering experts.

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