School teams up with Rolls-Royce for top apprenticeship scheme

Newcastle-based Excelsior Academy has teamed up with Rolls-Royce’s North East Training Centre to offer 24 teenagers the chance to forge top engineering careers through a new apprenticeship scheme.

The students will gain an NVQ Level Two in Performing Engineering Operations and a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering as part of the apprenticeship scheme.

This is first time the centre has linked up in such a way with a school in the region.

Steven Bolton, Rolls-Royce Training Centre’s team leader, said: “This is an unbelievable start to their working lives. We deal with a couple of hundred engineering firms in the North East and they know the calibre of the apprentices and the skills they have when they leave us which is exactly what they want in new employees. Everything is here for the apprentices and if they show the right commitment and attitude this will set them on the road to a successful career for the rest of their lives.”

Excelsior Academy’s executive principal, Phil Marshall, said: “We try to give every pupil the best possible start to their working lives and our enterprise with Rolls-Royce is something we are very proud of. They are at the pinnacle of global engineering and will give our apprentices the skills and know how to secure the best possible career in an industry which offers so many opportunities in the North East and across the world.”