I’m doing a four-year apprenticeship, combining a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Chichester, supported by Rolls-Royce, with a full-time role as a maintenance apprentice. My job is to support the plant mechanically, electrically and from an IT security perspective to ensure smooth operation. No two days are the same; I’m always working on something different which keeps it exciting, and it’s helped build my confidence in presenting at meetings.
I applied because of the vast range of educational opportunities available. The idea of learning on the job with great benefits and support for career progression was really attractive. I recently started a placement in the Laboratory where requests from departments are put to the test; this has really helped with my university module on Material Science.
There’s great support from the apprentice coordinators, who are there for whatever you may need. I’ve also been on several training courses, virtually and in person, and worked on the apprentice newsletter with a few other apprentices, in collaboration with other BMW Group UK sites.
The change from school to a professional setting was initially quite daunting, but with the support available from people around me, it was a seamless transition, and I’ve grown and matured very quickly. It’s a very enjoyable place to be, and there’s always somebody who will help you.
Maintenance Apprentice, Rolls-Royce, Goodwood.