Rolls-Royce, GoodwoodUK – Eleven apprentices and 13 graduates toured the Rolls-Royce headquarters and plant in West Sussex on the first day of their induction. The premium OEM’s latest recruits met 11 personnel who have newly transitioned from the apprenticeship scheme to the workforce.

The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme was launched in 2006 and is aimed at youngsters between 16 and 24 years old. Designed in conjunction with several local colleges, the courses last for up to four years and combine study for nationally recognised qualifications with on-the-job training.

The two-year graduate scheme focuses on individual development, building the recruits’ skills and knowledge with the guidance of senior management mentors. Graduates undertake projects, learn about the global company and gain professional qualifications. The process takes place both within Bentley and internationally through the BMW Group.

In addition to the apprenticeship and graduate programmes, Bentley offers 60 industrial placements ranging in duration from six to 12 months.

Frank Ludwig, director of Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented: “The highly bespoke vocational skills and technical expertise that we require are best developed in the workplace, coupled with academic study and support from industry-leading professionals.”