"The inquiring and innovative perspectives that work experience students bring to their placement provides a useful contribution to the horizon scanning process… The students prepare and distribute technical summaries and business impact of the topic they have scanned to the wider business. Many of the work experience students we’ve had have expressed a strong interest in working for Rolls-Royce in future years.”

Bryce Conduit Horizon Scanning IPT Lead at Strategic Research Centre

Organisation: Rolls-Royce plc

Author: Paul Broadhead

Location: Derby

Scheme title: Work Experience - | your future today

Duration: 1 week

Age groups involved: 14 – 19

Rolls-Royce are one of the largest providers of engineering work experience in the UK - committed to showcasing just how exciting STEM subjects can become out in the working world.

600 week-long work placements are offered by Rolls-Royce each year in the U.K.

Introduction to the company 

Our work experience programmes give young people the chance to see first-hand how we use STEM subjects every day, while working alongside experts on some of the most ground-breaking power systems ever built.      

How do you apply?

Simply complete the WEX Application Form to begin your journey towards a placement with Rolls-Royce. Please email your completed form to workexperience2@rolls-royce.com.

Requirements

GCSE Students: For a practical placement, you should have or be studying for A-D Grades in Mathematics, English, Science and one other subject for a practical placement. For a technical placement you should have or be studying for A-C Grades in Mathematics, English, Science and one other subject.

For safeguarding reasons, we request that students under the age of 18 only apply for placements within a reasonable travelling distance of a a local Rolls-Royce site.

How do you collaborate with universities or schools?

We have a wide range of school contacts throughout the UK who can make contact with regarding any updates we may have and built great relationships with schools local to Rolls-Royce sites.

How do students benefit?

We don’t just offer work experience in practical and technical engineering - you also have the opportunity to be placed in other vitally important business areas, such as HR, IT, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Strategic Research and Finance. Wherever you’re placed in our business, you’ll understand what it’s like to be part of a team that is using STEM to change the face of the engineering world.

We also offer Industrial Cadet Accreditation

This is a national, industry-led accreditation designed to enhance workplace experience for young people. It ensures that you’ll receive a structured programme of activities including site visits, presentations and talks, hands-on team tasks, workshops and project work.

Once you successfully complete the placement, you’ll graduate as an Industrial Cadet, enjoying access to the huge range of resources on the Industrial Cadets Online Network.

Our week-long work placements earn participants a Silver level award, upon completing a minimum of 30 hours of work.

“I spent a week with Manufacturing Engineering and it was amazing to see different departments coming together to assemble a Trent engine. During my time with the company I toured the shop floor and saw blades being produced - my theoretical lessons became real in front of me. I was also taken through design drawings, where I could see the daily challenges engineers have to contend with.”

Student, Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy

“A top quality placement… It’s important to give female students the opportunity to develop engineering skills and gain experience. I also encourage mentoring, where engineers take students ‘under their wing’ and help them with professional development.”

Liz Harris, Deputy Headteacher, Castlehead High

How does the organisation benefit?

“The inquiring and innovative perspectives that work experience students bring to their placement provides a useful contribution to the horizon scanning process… The students prepare and distribute technical summaries and business impact of the topic they have scanned to the wider business. Many of the work experience students we’ve had have expressed a strong interest in working for Rolls-Royce in future years.”

Bryce Conduit, Horizon Scanning IPT Lead at Strategic Research Centre, Rolls-Royce