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Rolls-Royce ignites manufacturing in students’ minds via school visit

January 26, 2015

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Automaker Rolls-Royce lent its support to the British government’s “See Inside Manufacturing” initiative by visiting a class of first year students in its home country.

See Inside Manufacturing is a government-funded program that aims to teach children and young adults about the talent involved in a manufacturing career. Rolls-Royce paid a visit to the East Preston Infant School where more than 60 students, ages 5 and 6, learned about the automaker’s manufacturing process.

How it’s made
During the visit, Rolls-Royce shared with the young students how the automaker builds its models and showed firsthand its Phantom Extended Wheelbase. To make the visit interactive, the students were encouraged to ask questions.

Students in attendance came to the conclusion, after listening to Rolls-Royce’s presentation, that Cinderella would have taken one of its models to the ball to meet Prince Charming.

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Rolls-Royce's visit to the East Preston Infant School

In addition to benefitting See Inside Manufacturing, the Rolls-Royce visit also enhanced East Preston Infant School’s new after-school program, “Fine Motor Mechanics.” The program works with the students to improve fine-motor coordination using mediums of engineering and mechanics for activities such as penmanship and hand-eye coordination.

Helen Cordell, apprentice manager at Rolls-Royce, said, “We were delighted to support a local school as part of the See Inside Manufacturing Initiative. The response from the pupils and particularly their interest in the manufacturing was fantastic.

“We encourage our apprentices to take part in these activities, with two from the current program -- from the Woodshop and Leathershop -- joining the team at East Preston Infant School.”

Rolls-Royce is dedicated to its apprenticeship program and advancing British industry. The automaker is opening up its apprentice program to a record number of young individuals for 2015.

Sixteen candidates between the ages of 16 and 24 will train at with the brand for up to four years, both at its facilities and in a classroom setting. Expanding this program both provides educational outreach and helps to train future potential employees (see story).