Meet the apprentice: Rolls-Royce Development Engineer
We spoke to a Scout Leader doing his apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce and found out how Scouting’s prepared him for the role.
Can you tell us a bit about your role? What’s the coolest thing you get to work on?
‘I’m a Higher Apprentice working as a Development Engineer within Civil Aerospace. I follow each engine’s life through building, testing and stripping to collect the relevant data to prove that an engine is safe to be put onto an aircraft and into service.
What are you studying at university, and what did you study at school?
I studied Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A-Level and have gone on to continue my studies with a Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering. I’m currently working towards a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.
Did any of the skills you learnt at Scouts help prepare you for your role? In what way?
Scouts gave me more confidence to interact with new people and provided me with the desire to learn new skills. I’ve been a Scout Leader for 10 years, and this opportunity has allowed me to develop my planning and leadership skills, which are useful for my current job and my future career progression. As part of my job, I support a number of work experience students each year, so my experience as a Scout Leader has been invaluable.
Any budding engineers in your section? Our partner, Rolls-Royce, offers different routes into STEM careers for your Scouts and Explorers to think about once they leave school, from training schemes to apprenticeships. Take a look at what’s on offer.