Having established its own Engineering Training Centre in Dyce, Aberdeen, Rolls Wood Group delivers an engineering Modern Apprenticeship Programme over a four year period. This comprises of one year off-the-job training in the Training Centre Workshop facility followed by three years on-the-job training and assessment to National Occupational Standards in the respective company workshops.
Potential apprentices will first go through a series of selection tests ranging from a practical test of ability, a maths, physics and dictation test, an interview and a team challenge. After the initial selection process, successful candidates will be invited to take a second interview from which final selections will be made.
On commencement of training (usually late July or early August each year) the apprentices will be enrolled in an SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations and also a National Certificate in Mechanical Maintenance.
Health, Safety and Environmental considerations are paramount with the company. As such the qualifications are structured to encompass this into all activities and mandatory units in this area must be achieved in the first year.
First year training is broken down into three phases:
Rolls Wood Group has recently been accredited to deliver the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering by the SQA. This comprises of 12 units to make up a full NC award and will comprise one of the main components of the Modern Apprenticeship. This is achieved through a series of classroom theory lessons, exams and assessed exercises, all carried out within the Training Centre and assessed by Rolls Wood Group staff under the approval of the SQA.
From the second until fourth year, apprentices will serve their time at one of the selected workshops where they will continue with the training and assessment having been enrolled on an SVQ Level 3 in their respective discipline of either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering. Completion of this award takes place towards the end of the fourth year where they will be awarded with the Modern Apprenticeship completion certificate.
Rolls Wood Group is fully registered with SEMTA to deliver Modern Apprenticeships. Qualifications are awarded through EAL and SQA with whom the company is a recognised assessment centre. The training and assessment for these awards will be carried out by qualified Rolls Wood Group engineers based in the Training Centre which boasts a full workshop of equipment and modern classroom facility complete with IT suite.
The closing date for 2013 has now passed. Details on how to apply for next year will be posted on our website in January 2014.