Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre

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Employ an Apprentice

Apprentices will enhance your company

Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre trains around 150 Engineering Apprentices annually for companies throughout the North East.

Initial Training is done in our well equipped training centre so apprentices are guaranteed to have the practical skills required to help boost the efficiency of your company. The skills are tailored to suit your workplace with a wide range of engineering pathways to choose from.

We specialise in apprenticeships in the following engineering disciplines:

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Maintenance
  • CNC Machining
  • CAD
  • Toolmaking
  • Welding & Fabrication
  • IT Skills
  • Quality Control
  • Health & Safety


To gain a place on the course applicants must have a good standard of Education and pass the RRNETC Maths, Spatial Awareness and Mechanical Comprehension tests followed by an interview.


They then attend the Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre for up to a year to gain their Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 which gives them practical hands on experience in a variety of Engineering disciplines including CAD, CNC Programming, Electrical Installation, Manual Milling, Turning, Fabrication, Welding and Hand Fitting.

They also attend TyneMet College to gain the First year of their BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering. The second year is completed as day release.

They would come to yourself with up to a year of training completed and would therefore be workshop ready. Not only can we provide you with their C.V.s, but also reports on their timekeeping, attendance, attitude, aptitude and housekeeping. In addition, to training, we offer further support with regards to the selection and recruitment of your apprentices, to ensure that your choice matches your specific operational needs, as closely as possible.


We deliver a well trained second year apprentice who is ready for employment in your business, and who is on track to complete their full apprenticeship.

We manage the entire apprenticeship process. This includes full monitoring and continuous support to both your company and your apprentices, to ensure that your apprentices achieve all of the desired aims of their apprenticeship programme.


Companies with less than 50 employees are able to claim grants of £1,500 per apprentice for up to 5 apprentices each year from the Governments AGE grant scheme which we will process for you.In addition most North East Local Authorities are offering additional grants to companies taking on apprentices. We can support you in accessing these.

What to do next

  • Book into and come along to one of our monthly Employer Engineering Information Event and find out more about the Rolls-Royce Training Centre and view our facilities, have our trained Instructors, Assessors and Apprentices answer your questions.
  • Book into and come along to one of our monthly Employer Engineering Information Event at and find out more about the Rolls-Royce Training Centre and view our facilities, have our trained Instructors, Assessors and Apprentices answer your questions


  • Contact Karen Routledge, Business Development Manager, Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6LL, Telephone 0191 2565311, e-mail


What is an employer’s commitment?

Employers will sign an agreement which will include:

  • Confirmation of the number of apprentices they will be taking on as a result of this incentive (to a maximum of 3).
  • Confirmation that they wouldn’t have taken the apprentice on without this additional incentive.
  • A commitment to employ the apprentice for at least the time it takes to achieve the Apprenticeship framework. If they fail to do this, some or all the wage allowance will be clawed back.
  • Confirmation that they are aware of and do not breach any state aid rules.
  • Agreement to pay the minimum Apprenticeship wage of £2.73 per hour – although this is a minimum and most employers pay more.
  • Confirmation that they have not taken on an apprentice in the previous three years.

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White Bros. (Newcastle on Tyne) Ltd.
White Bros have for many years obtained their skilled sheet metal work staff from using RRNETC apprenticeship scheme, usually employing 2 new apprentices each year. We have very low turnover of staff, and the vast majority of our skilled staff are RRNETC trained apprentices.

We have worked in partnership with Rolls-Royce training (Formally Vickers training) successfully for many years. The training school provides a bridge between school and ourselves giving the new pre apprentice a sound basic training in the required engineering skills and health & safety in a controlled environment. It also gives time for the pre apprentice to reflect on their chosen path before commencing full employment with an employer, and for these reasons we only employ apprentices that come from this source. Any applications from other sources are directed to Rolls-Royce training.

After interview (for which they are well prepared) the successful apprentice progress is then regularly monitored over the four year period of their apprenticeship by the Rolls-Royce assessor working closely with the apprentice's management mentor.

In addition White Bros has with Rolls-Royce training developed its own apprentice review board which meets bi annually. The purpose of this board is to allow the apprentice, the company, and Rolls-Royce to freely discuss the individual's progress.

We now believe that with the assistance of Rolls-Royce training we have one of or if not the best quality sheet metal apprenticeship schemes on Tyneside.
N Ferguson, Company Secretary.

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