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MOTORING ON Rolls-Royce wants apprentices to work alongside skilled craftsmen in assembly roles
MOTORING ON Rolls-Royce wants apprentices to work alongside skilled craftsmen in assembly roles
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WORLD-leading car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced the company is seeking candidates for its 2014 Apprenticeship Programme.

The Goodwood-based organisation is offering successful applicants aged between 16 and 24 a chance to work alongside skilled craftspeople in leather, wood, engineering and assembly roles.

Its Apprenticeship Programme was launched in 2006, lasts for up to four years, and combines on-the-job training with nationally-recognised qualifications.

Rolls-Royce has also designed the programme in conjunction with the Learning Skills Council and several local colleges, giving apprentices the best chance to improve their skills.

The selection process aims to recruit the very best candidates. They will be given the opportunity to further grow with the company in the long-term following a successful apprenticeship period.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: ‘I am delighted to announce the start of the recruitment for this year’s apprenticeship programme.

‘Our new apprentices will join a British luxury manufacturing success story and will be ideally positioned to take advantage of the unique opportunities available at Rolls-Royce.’

The Rolls-Royce scheme is part of a wider government effort to promote apprenticeships in order to aid the economic recovery.

From next year, apprentices will see a new range of tests introduced, with candidates being subjected to rigorous independent testing.

In addition to this, the new grades of distinction and merit will be added to better distinguish between candidates.

As well as the Apprenticeship Programme, Rolls-Royce employed 60 men and women this year on industrial placements ranging from six to 12 months in duration.

The Sussex company has revealed it is likely that new positions will made available next year.

It also runs a successful graduate programme, which aims to develop candidates to work in a global operational environment.