Apprentices Offered Permanent Positions by Rolls Royce

British carmaker Rolls Royce announced today it has offered nine of the company’s apprentices with permanent positions within the company. All of the apprentices completed a three-year internship at the head office and manufacturing plant in Goodwood, West Sussex.

The company’s apprenticeship programme was launched in 2006 and has been designed in conjunction with the Learning Skills Council (LSC), South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA) and Chichester College.

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

“We are delighted to announce the employment of our first completing apprentices and we congratulate them on their new roles with the company. Ghost is likely to continue to create employment opportunities over the next few years and new apprentices joining the company will be ideally positioned to take advantage of this,” said Tom Purves, CEO at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars during his speech at the company’s Apprentice Recognition Event at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Rolls-Royce has also announced the start of recruitment for the company’s next series of apprentices. The selected applicants will join the apprenticeship programme in August 2010 working alongside professionals in the paint, wood, leather, assembly or maintenance areas.

With the recent launch of the new model, the Rolls Royce Ghost, the apprentices join the company at a time when Rolls-Royce has created over 100 new jobs and invested £40 million in the infrastructure of the manufacturing plant in readiness for the new model series. The first customer cars will be delivered in the coming weeks.
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