Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre

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Employ an Apprentice

Apprentices will enhance your company

At Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre we have been producing high quality apprentices in almost all engineering fields for over 100 years.

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.

What we do for you, free of charge

We specialise in apprenticeships in the following engineering disciplines:

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

Step 1 – Recruit

We recruit by advertising in the press; we attend school careers events and job exhibitions. We then conduct an initial assessment of potential candidates, including aptitude testing, interviewing and selection, ready for our annual intake in September.

Step 2 – Train

Basic vocational training to nationally recognised standards is done in our own dedicated training centre, with further educational support from local colleges. Our apprentices learn skills that are tailored to your specific business needs, through our flexible bespoke training programmes.

Step 3 – Deliver

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. 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.

Step 4 – Support

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.

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
  • Or

  • 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 at and one of our team will call you back.

Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE)

The AGE Incentive is aimed at helping employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage grants to assist employers in recruiting apprentices. The AGE 16 to 24 grant is available from 1 February 2012 until March 2013 for eligible employers (those that employ up to 1,000 employees) recruiting an apprentice who is aged 16 to 24.  The £1,500 is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship framework which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.

The Apprenticeship grant of £1,500 per apprentice is payable after the young person completes week 13 of their Apprenticeship programme with the claim processed through RRNETC and then paid to the company.

Up to 10 grants can be made to any one employer. However, the employer must commit to the total number of apprentices they wish to take on through the grant at the upfront agreement stage. Employers who have currently employed apprentices can still benefit from the grant providing they have not taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months.

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 £2.60 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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