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Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme


9 June 2006, Goodwood

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has launched a new apprenticeship programme today. It will provide fifteen young people, this year, with the opportunity to train for highly skilled jobs with the Goodwood-based manufacturer of the world’s best selling super-luxury cars.

The apprenticeship programme is open to 16-24 year olds and it is anticipated that many of the candidates will come from the West Sussex area. The first intake of apprentices will start in September 2006, with subsequent groups joining at the same time each year as the programme develops.

The apprenticeships last for up to four years and combine on-the-job training with studying for nationally recognised qualifications . Apprentices will work alongside skilled craftspeople in the paint, wood, leather, assembly or maintenance areas. The programme has been designed in conjunction with local colleges and education authorities.

Ian Robertson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, “We are delighted to launch this new programme, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the development and training of young people in the UK manufacturing industry. Every Rolls‑Royce is hand-built to the highest levels of quality and our new apprentices will join a team of dedicated craftsmen and women. With the development of our new convertible well underway and more models to follow, they will join the Goodwood team at an exciting time.”

This is the latest move by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in its commitment to the training and development of young people. This year, 37 young men and women have been employed on industrial placements with the company ranging in duration from six to twelve months.

Potential candidates for the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars apprenticeship programme should email their C.V. and covering letter to


Editor’s Notes:

  • The Phantom is hand-built at the manufacturing plant at Goodwood in West Sussex and this will be joined by a new convertible, due to be launched in 2007.
  • The Rolls-Royce manufacturing plant and head office at Goodwood, designed by British Architects Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners (responsible for The Eden Project), has won numerous architectural awards.
  • The apprenticeship programme has been designed in conjunction with Learning Skills Council (LSC), South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA) and Chichester College.


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