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Rolls-Royce Material Engineering Degree Apprenticeship - Bristol, UK ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

This is an opportunity to build invaluable engineering skills, work with our experts and study for a degree. You’ll gain experience that will enable you to choose where your interests lie so you can specialise when the programme comes to an end. It makes this a brilliant platform from which to launch a career as a Rolls-Royce engineer.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shifts will generally be 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, but this will vary depending on your role and apprenticeship route.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    06 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • You’ll get to support the various processes that take place to design and manufacture a component. This includes, additive layer manufacturing, investment casting, welding, heat treatments, application of coatings, laser processes and chemical processing. This will give you a broad overview as you split your time between offices, laboratories, manufacturing sites and university, providing a mix of practical and theoretical experience.
  • As Materials Engineering is a broad discipline, you could be involved in failure investigation, capability acquisition, manufacturing support, materials application, specifications and data and supplier management.Typical placements could include:
  • Assisting our suppliers to deliver products and materials within specification
  • Statistically analysing and modelling material properties to help Design Engineers understand how they behave in extreme environments
  • Conducting forensic failure investigations by carrying out metallurgical analysis into a product or material to understand how its performance can be improved and higher product safety can be achieved
  • Mapping out various technical processes and improving them to reduce cost and improve delivery times
  • Testing materials to understand material properties
  • These placements will allow you to work on a variety of laboratory equipment from initial microscopic component preparation through to scanning electron microscopes. This practical experience will be supported by theoretical learning as you undertake a degree in a Materials or Manufacturing discipline.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Support towards a BA Eng Honours degree (Level 6) in Aerospace Engineering. 
  • Off-The-Job training 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

If you successfully complete your apprenticeship you can continue into a long an successful career with Rolls-Royce or you will gain skills to support you in a number of roles.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 5/B) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 6/B) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Physics (Grade 6/B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any subject (Grade C -Equate to 112 UCAS points) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Physics or Chemistry (Grade C) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Level 3 engineering related extended diploma (Grade DDM -equate to 112 UCAS points) Essential

Things to consider

5 GCSE's which must include Maths and Physics at Grade B/6, English Language at Grade B/5 plus 2 others at Grade C/4. 3 Alevels - Maths Grade B, Physics or Chemistry at Grade C, plus 1 other at Grade C - equate to 112 UCAS points. OR Btec Level 3 engineering based extended diploma (INCLUDING further Maths element) at DDM - equate to 112 UCAS points

About the employer

At Rolls-Royce, we pioneer cutting-edge technologies to explore the possibilities of cleaner, safer, more competitive power. As a Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprentice, you’ll get to work alongside world-class engineers as you help us work towards that goal. Our Manufacturing Engineers develop some of the most advanced manufacturing processes in the world. Turning our designs into reality, you’ll learn from engineers, customers, suppliers and operations specialists. Join us and you’ll be shaping the future, surrounded by experts who’ll help to inspire, challenge and support you to be yourself and at your best.






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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Aerospace engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply through our website.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2023