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Education and CPD for Teaching Staff

Education Policy

Rolls-Royce supports a wide range of initiatives intended to improve the environment and wellbeing of the communities in which we operate. Support for education is a significant part of this effort and we are committed to improving the quality of education at all levels.

Our education policy commits us to supporting schools in raising standards, ensures that our resources are targeted and helps to equip young people with the skills and abilities demanded by the economy of today and the future.

Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre has a number of education initiatives available in the area to support schools, colleges, National Careers Centre Advisors and the Connexions service. These include:

  • Free CPD training for teachers and teaching staff
  • An ‘Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships’ PowerPoint
    for teaching staff to use as part of careers/PHSE teaching
  • Presentations at school careers events
  • Attendance at regional careers events
  • 14-19 work experience placements
  • Key Stage 2 activity worksheets
  • Key Stage 2 interactive resources
  • Key Stage 3 and 4 interactive resources
  • Additional useful websites



Free CPD training for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Teaching Staff

As the education leaving age increases and more young people seek apprenticeships teachers and teaching staff need to learn more about the opportunities available for pupils so they can nurture the skills required and support young people in the application process.

Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre offers a free CPD course for Teachers and Teaching staff that supports them in these areas offering the following:

  • An introduction to a range of downloadable and online educational lesson plans and activities to engage Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils in engineering both as an interest and a career.
  • How to use the Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships PowerPoint.
  • An introduction to the Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre Apprenticeship application process.
  • A tour around the Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre to see the training we deliver in action

These courses are repeated every month and last 2 hours. To book on our next course please visit our free CPD course booking page.

Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships PowerPoint

In response to requests from teaching staff Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre have put together a downloadable Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships PowerPoint. This comes with teaching notes that can be as part of careers/PHSE teaching and can be downloaded from here.

Presentations at School Careers Events

Many schools, colleges and Connexions services ask organisations to attend careers events however Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre offers that little bit more. Rather than manning a stand Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre will come to your event and put on a presentation and an interactive session on engineering and apprenticeships. These are practical sessions that are designed to engage young people who have expressed an interest in engineering, explain more about what an apprentice is and how they should apply. They are normally held in a room close to the careers event and can last from 30 minutes to an hour with staff being available after that to answer questions. If you would like to book the RRNETC team for a careers event presentation please contact Karen Routledge, Business Development Manager, Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6LL, Telephone 0191 2565311, e-mail or complete our ‘Contact Us’ form and one of our team will call you back.

RRNETC Attendance at Regional Careers Exhibitions

Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre regularly attends regional careers events.


14-19 Work Experience Placements

The importance of having a future supply of well educated, enthusiastic, highly skilled people is critical to success in an increasingly competitive global market. To Rolls-Royce, providing quality work experience placements is one element of enabling students to be able to make informed career decisions and ultimately aim to attract potential students into the world of Engineering and/or Rolls-Royce.

Our work experience policy PDF (2717 Kb) is a commitment to schools and students across the UK that we will provide quality work experience placements. The policy clearly highlights the benefits of work experience to all parties’ involved, key principles and how we deliver the Rolls-Royce work experience policy.

If you would like to be considered for a work experience placement at the RRNETC/Michell Bearings please send a letter explaining why you would like the placement, the dates required and any specific area of interest to The HR Department, Michell Bearings, Rolls-Royce Power Engineering plc, Scotswood Road, Newcastle, NE15 6LL or e-mail

Downloadable and online activities

Rolls-Royce offer a range of downloadable and online activities to engage children and young people in engineering from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 including:

Key Stage 2 Activity worksheets


Key Stage 2 Interactive resources

Water MonitorsWater monitors
A game following the water cycle, where pupils learn to test water purity using a variety of techniques.

Every Journey CountsEvery journey counts
This game allows up to five players make a series of choices about how they will make journeys over the course of a year.

Darwin's FootstepsDarwin's footsteps
The game follows the journey of Charles Darwin around the world with a series of mini-challenges and information about his discoveries.

Key Stage 3 and 4 Activity worksheets

Key Stage 3 and 4 Interactive resources

Take a journey through a jet engineTake a journey through a jet engine
Find out how a modern jet engine works – its key sections, the materials used, how it is manufactured and some of the science behind how it works then test your knowledge in a short quiz.

Engine design gameEngine design game
Find out what your customer wants – it’s key elements like type of aircraft, type of engine, supplier and then test your knowledge buy developing your own Aero-engine.

Every decision countsEvery decision counts
Suitable for 14-17 year olds. Take control of the Rolls-Royce Research and Development budget over a 30 year period.

Universe challengeUniverse challenge
Suitable for 14-17 year olds. Interactive whiteboard challenge for two teams of pupils including on-screen and desk based games.

Build your own Rolls-Royce engineBuild your own Rolls-Royce engine

Discover how a fuel cell worksDiscover how a fuel cell works

Additional Useful Websites

RRNETC lists these websites as an information resource for education providers, but is not responsible for their content.

BAE Systems have a series of downloadable worksheets on STEM topics from the Royal Academy of Engineering providing a wide range of resources and information, including over 40 curriculum-aligned lesson plans. New content is added regularly so it’s worth checking on a regular basis for fresh ideas.

BBC Bitesize has a number of resources including lesson plans covering a variety of Engineering topics.

British Gas Generation Green provides engaging, curriculum compliant teaching resources for ages 4-14 years.

Discover Engineering provide lesson plans for students of all ages.

EDT is the largest provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment activities for UK youth. Their range of work related learning schemes provide opportunities for 11-21 year olds to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses.

How Stuff Works is contains unbiased and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.

K'NEX User Group
The K'NEX User Group exists to support users of the K'NEX construction kit :

  • At home
  • In school
  • Out-of-school (eg childcare, children's clubs, and family learning)
  • In adult education and training

Schoolzone provides free resources for teachers which are reviewed by teachers. Type in Engineering and find 289 activities to choose from.

Science Learning Centres are a national network for professional development in science teaching. Their aim is to improve science teaching and to inspire pupils by providing them with a more exciting, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education, enabling them to gain the knowledge and the understanding they need - both as the citizens and as the scientists of the future.

STEM Careers is a digital toolkit for students and teachers. It helps to make the link between the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects people study in school, college or university and the world of work.

TES Teaching Resources is where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. Whether you are looking for SEN teaching strategies and approaches, VCOP activities, or secondary classroom activities, you can choose from 1000s of teacher resources, download them for free and adapt them to suit your classroom activities. Click on the design and technology link to find a wealth of engineering resources.

Young Engineers supports the setting up of extra-curricular engineering clubs and enriches the activities of existing clubs. They also run a wide variety of national competitions and activities covering ages 7 to 19.

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