Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

  • Rolls Royce
  • Bristol, Birmingham, Barnoldswick, Hucknall, Washington, Ansty, Derby, Inchinnan
  • 02 Dec, 2019
Degree Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacturing

Job Description

On our Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll get to study towards an engineering bachelor’s degree and work alongside world-class engineers. All while making a real contribution to an advanced engineering business. It’s a great way to earn, learn and grow in confidence as part of a supportive team. And it provides you with the perfect platform to go on to even bigger challenges.

The programme

The beginning of our four-year programme will see you undertake foundation training at our Apprentice Academy in Derby or a local further education college, which will give you a broad appreciation of manufacturing engineering principles. After this, you’ll be ready to embark on a series of six-month placements. You’ll undertake internal job-specific training courses over the remaining three years as well as studying for your university qualification on day-release. All of this will give you practical knowledge in areas such as introducing new products or controlling change to existing manufacturing processes, acquiring new technology and continuous improvement. You’ll learn how to manage projects and costs, how to design and validate manufacturing processes, solve engineering problems, and implement quality assurance methods.

What you’ll do

Our Manufacturing Engineers are amongst the best in their field. To develop some of the most advanced manufacturing processes in the world, they have to be. They work across Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems, and you’ll join them in one of those businesses. Turning our designs into reality, you’ll learn from engineers, customers, suppliers and operations specialists in every part of Rolls-Royce around the globe, so you’ll enjoy plenty of exposure as you gain the experience you need to become a vital part of our future. All while taking advantage of on-and-off-the-job training, a competitive salary and amazing opportunities to grow your career.

What you’ll get

  • A competitive salary starting from £13,532 a year
  • A competitive pension, and 33 days’ holiday per year (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Career support from day one
  • A debt-free bachelor’s degree and nationally-recognised qualifications

What you’ll need

Our degree apprentices need to be passionate about manufacturing engineering. So, you should be analytical, motivated and, most importantly, endlessly curious about how things are made. Creativity and an agile approach are both important too. You’ll also have to be numerate and process-focused. We look for three A-levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above in Maths and Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Science or Engineering, plus one other subject at Grade C (obtained or predicted). Alternatively, an engineering-focused Level 3 extended BTEC DDM minimum. You’ll also need GCSEs (or equivalent) in English Language at grade C or 4 and Maths, at a minimum of grade B or 5.

Depending on your location, you may study for your degree at a university where you’ll be required to pass an entry assessment as part of our recruitment process. Please check the job description for the location you are interested in to see if this applies.

Roles available at our Bristol, Derby, Hucknall, Rotherham, Inchinnan, Barnoldswick, Ansty, and Washington sites 

Who we are

Whether we’re building the world’s most efficient large aero-engine or supporting NASA missions on the edge of space, Rolls-Royce is all about innovation. We invest £1.4 billion every year into research and development, and file more patents annually than any other company in the UK. Working at Rolls-Royce means being part of a global team of 54,500 bold, curious pioneers, creating cleaner, faster, more competitive power. It means looking to the future, and shaping the world we live in.

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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.

You can learn more about our global Diversity and Inclusion strategy here.