Luxury car firm to recruit bumper crop of apprentices

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A RECORD number of apprentices are being sought for next year’s programme at Rolls-Royce.

The Goodwood-based luxury car company is offering 17 places in its 2016 intake, the highest number since the programme launched in 

Chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös said he was thrilled the company was able to offer so many apprenticeships.

Mr Müller-Ötvös said: ‘I am delighted to announce the 10th anniversary of our apprenticeship programme, which represents a significant milestone in the history of our company.

‘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 2016.’

The apprenticeship programme provides people aged 16-24 with the opportunity to train at Goodwood, helping to produce the world’s best-selling super-luxury cars.

The apprenticeships last for up to four years and combine on-the-job training with classroom based studying for nationally recognised qualifications.

The programme has been designed in conjunction with several colleges from around the area.

The successful applicants will join the programme in August 2016, working alongside skilled craftspeople in leather, wood, paint, engineering and assembly roles.

Over 100 people have joined the apprenticeship programme since its inception, with half currently in active apprenticeships at the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, and the remainder now employed by the company.

Anyone interested can apply online at

The closing date for apprentice applications is February 29.

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