Until 2015, Sophie was serving in the police as a Special Constable. Sophie had always been a practical person and after seeing the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Apprenticeship Programme advertised she knew instantly that this was the path she wanted to take.
She started working in the team building Rolls-Royce’s iconic 6.75-litre V12 engines – a daunting and highly responsible first job, and quite a change from working on the engine in her Mazda. Although Sophie’s Apprenticeship is specifically within Assembly, it includes placements throughout the company, so she gets an idea of how the wider business operates.
This is now her third year in the Apprenticeship Programme. Alongside learning on the job at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Sophie is currently studying a Higher National Certificate in General Engineering one day a week.
At 16 years old, Aisling had just finished taking her high school exams. Unsure what to do after school, she thought of which subject she enjoyed the most – Resistant Materials. Aisling visited Chichester College to enquire about a course in Furniture Making and Design. At the College’s open day event, she asked about apprenticeships and heard about what Roll‑Royce Motor Cars had to offer and immediately decided to apply.
Due to her age, Aisling did not have a driving licence. Her boss encouraged her to join the company’s lift-sharing scheme, making life easier both for her and her father.
Last year she was given the chance to visit Sweden and Switzerland for dealer events. Although daunting at first, Aisling found these events to be useful as it helped her to develop her communication skills. She was also able to demonstrate what she was learning in her role in Woodshop, by crafting the substrates for dashboards in front of potential customers.
Alexandra joined the programme back in September 2014 and will finish her three-year Apprenticeship at the end of this year.
One of Alexandra’s most memorable moments during her Apprenticeship has been painting a bespoke bonnet for the Congenital Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy fight fund, which is the House Charity for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. She sprayed and applied the logo by hand, to raise awareness for the charity.
She was also able to travel to several locations such as: Tokyo, Japan and South Korea as part of a dealer conference. Alexandra was able to demonstrate her expertise in painting, as she painted red roses and tea cups onto a bonnet.
Since starting her Apprenticeship, her art skills have developed significantly. Working in the Surface Finish Centre has allowed Alexandra to experiment with specialist equipment such as air brushes which has developed her spraying skills as a Paint Shop Apprentice
And a big congratulations to the apprentices who have already graduated…
Alice had spoken to small groups before, but she’d never addressed a roomful of 900 people – among them the Prime Minister. While introducing David Cameron to the entire Rolls-Royce team was a real challenge, Alice describes it as ‘the icing on the cake’ in her Apprenticeship to date.
Before joining Rolls-Royce, Alice was studying furniture-making and soft furnishings. At college, she met a number of Rolls-Royce Apprentices, who spend a day a week at college as part of their training. Hearing about the great opportunities they had been given, she couldn’t resist applying for a place herself. She’s now working in the Leathershop, creating the sumptuous interiors that are among the most distinctive and defining elements of Rolls-Royce motor cars.
The PM’s visit isn’t the only occasion on which Alice has been chosen to represent the company. She’s also travelled to California and Dubai, talking to customers about the Leathershop at prestigious motor shows and dealer events.
Before joining Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Stephanie was studying Textile and Design. Stephanie was searching for jobs and was pleased to find Rolls-Royce Motor Cars offering her ideal job role, sewing.
During her Apprenticeship she had the opportunity to go on various business trips. Her favourite trip was travelling to South Korea with two other apprentices for a Rolls-Royce Motor Cars promotional event.
A month before her Apprenticeship finished, Stephanie’s dream job came up in the Bespoke section of the Leathershop and she has performed this role since August 2016.
An apprenticeship is a rewarding and hands-on route into an automotive career. 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 allow successful candidates to build a career by completing college courses that are nationally recognised, alongside on-the-job training at Rolls‑Royce Motor Cars.
Potential candidates for all Rolls-Royce Motor Cars positions should apply here. The closing date for Apprentice applications is 13 March 2017.
Read more about the female influence at Rolls Royce here.