Project Planner Higher Apprenticeship

  • Employer Rolls-Royce
  • Job type Higher Apprenticeships
  • Salary £13,830
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Derby
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 21/12/2021

Projects don’t get more interesting than at Rolls-Royce. Our Defence business is involved in truly unique work and we’re even responsible for powering the whole of the UK's Royal Navy nuclear submarine fleet. Our submarines are so advanced they can circumnavigate the world 40 times without surfacing and we’re always innovating. On this apprenticeship, you’ll earn as you learn the skills to help deliver our ground-breaking projects in a fascinating area of our business. All in a supportive environment where you can feel like you belong.

The programme

Typically lasting 2.5 years, on this apprenticeship you’ll receive all the training and support you’ll need to take up a Project Planner role by the end of it (which comes with a significant rise in salary to reflect the important nature of the role). By the time you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be a crucial member of the project team.

As a trainee planner, you’ll be able help build schedules from the customer requirement all the way to approval. Your responsibilities will include updating and maintaining work package schedules and carrying out assurance checks, analysing schedule data and report cost and delivery date forecasts, and providing work-around planning models (‘what-if’s’) when critical rework is needed.

What you’ll do

As well as carrying out day-to-day duties, you’ll also be expected to complete online and external project management courses. Alongside this, you’ll immerse yourself in five core training modules that include definition, planning, scheduling, monitoring and control which, if you’re successful, will gain you the Association of Project Managers (APM) project planning and control (PPC) foundation and practitioner qualifications. These will be essential to you gaining professional qualifications such as the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D. It means you’ll be equipped to take on the highly responsible Project Planner role, where you’ll be encouraged to further fulfil your potential. Across everything you do – from your studies to your practical work – you’ll have one of our experts on hand to support and mentor you, and to help you build your understanding of our Defence business.

What you’ll need

Two A-levels (or equivalent) in any subject at grade C or above (achieved or predicted) or a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in any subject with a minimum Pass grade. You’ll also need five GCSEs (or equivalent) which must include English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above. We’re also looking for the right attitude. The ability to work as part of a team, knowing when it’s time to act decisively to achieve the right result, the potential to lead and excellent communication skills are all qualities we look for. As a planner in the making, you’ll need to be exceptionally organised, confident, commercially aware, able to prioritise and happy to work to tight deadlines.

Due to the nature of this work, we’re unable to employ anyone who doesn’t have the legal right to live and work in the UK. This role is subject to Full UK Security Clearance and if you have spent more than three months outside of the UK in the last five years we might not be able to employ you.

Security clearance can take time, so it’s best to apply as early as possible.

You must also be 17 years of age by 1st October 2021 to meet our security requirements.

What you’ll get

  • A competitive salary starting from £13,830 per year
  • Student membership of the Association of Project Managers
  • A competitive pension, and 33 days’ holiday per year (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Career support from day one
  • Work towards professional project management qualifications

Who we are

We’re one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, and it’s all thanks to our people. They’re the reason we’ve created a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment where you can do your best work and feel like you belong.

At Rolls-Royce, we pioneer cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital energy needs. We believe in the transforming potential of technology to protect our planet, secure our world and explore our universe. That’s why we’re helping lead the way in the transition to a net zero-carbon future for us all.

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At Rolls-Royce, we recruit apprentices based on merit, and regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, race/colour/nationality/ethnic or national origins, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable legislation.

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