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Posted: 02/07/15

Rolls-Royce visit inspires students

Exciting careers with aerospace giant Rolls-Royce were showcased to students at West Nottinghamshire College during a tour of its Derby facilities.

A-Level students outside the Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby.

A group of A-Level students enjoyed an industry visit to the company’s Learning and Career Development Centre, in Sinfin, to learn about the wide range of jobs that are available to bright new talent.

The 14 learners toured the site’s newly-revamped Heritage Centre, which boasts a vast array of impressive exhibits that pay homage to the company’s proud history while also inspiring the next generation of engineers.

They watched expert engineers at work in one of the state-of-the-art production areas, where they were told about manufacturing processes and techniques, before speaking to technicians about their job roles and how their work contributes to the wider organisation.

Other activities included a visit to the Apprentice Training Academy and a talk on the different career routes into Rolls-Royce – which is renowned for its world-class apprenticeship scheme – and the entry-requirements for would-be employees.

The visit, on Tuesday 16 June, was run in conjunction with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), which develops partnerships between education-providers and industry employers to nurture young engineers and scientists.

It formed part of a drive to encourage more young people to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) career choices.

Marie Stacey, of the college’s academic studies team, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about the broad range of career opportunities with this world-renowned employer.

“Maths and science students heard how crucial these disciplines are to the company’s ongoing success and reputation for innovation, while learners on business and accounting courses gained a valuable insight into how the company operates both commercially and financially.

“Visits such as these inspire our students to work hard and fulfil their potential. It was particularly rewarding to hear that several female learners are now considering engineering as career choices once they complete their studies”.

Avi Mann, 17, from Mansfield, who is studying A-Levels in accounting, business and law, said: “It was a fantastic trip. It’s great that an organisation the size of Rolls-Royce wants to invest in young people and engage with us.

“I’d already heard a little bit about the company from a family member who works there, but you don’t realise quite how massive it is until you visit it yourself.

“The business is absolutely huge, with many different types of career options, so the visit definitely confirmed to me how much I want to work in the world of corporate industry.”