Rolls-Royce Power Systems apprentices won award in the Federal Foreign Languages Competition with their short film “Apprenticeship pays – and why don’t we use it”

  • Film “Apprenticeship pays – and why don’t we use it” receives award
  • Involvement promoted social and inter-cultural skills

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN/AIKEN(USA),  22-12-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — For the first time ever, four apprentices from Rolls-RoycePower Systems have won an award in the Federal Foreign Languages Competition with their short film “Apprenticeship pays – and why don’t we use it”. As one of a total of 135 teams of apprentices, the trainees from Rolls-Royce subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen submitted a foreign language media report produced by themselves as their entry for the competition. The prize-giving ceremony, at which the overall winners – the apprentices from Claas – and three other teams received their awards, took place recently in the Bavarian town of Amberg. As well as the MTU Friedrichshafen apprentices, the teams from the Georg-Simon-Ohm Vocational College in Cologne and from the Kyffhäuserkreis State Vocational Education Center were also prize-winners.

Steffen Besserer, Head of Staff Development at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, congratulated the winners and emphasized the importance of foreign languages in staff training. “Through this project, the apprentices have strengthened not only their social skills such as team-working but also their inter-cultural abilities,” he stated. The winning entry from the third-year industrial mechanic apprentices was all about how apprentices at the Aiken (USA) plant ofRolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary MTU America changed roles to become trainers instead of trainees. In that position they oversaw the production of a crank and rocker linkage by trainees as the US plant from planning through to manufacture.

The Federal Foreign Languages Competition was set up in 1979 to foster young people’s interest in foreign languages and cultures. Its sponsors are the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Endowment Association for German Science) and the State Culture Ministers’ Conference. Its chief patron is German President, Joachim Gauck.

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About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. The Rolls-Royce vision is to provide better energy for a changing world through its two divisions, Aerospace and Land & Sea. Those divisions supply their respective markets with powerful technologies: gas turbines and reciprocating engines.
  2. Aerospace comprises the business units Civil Aerospace and Defense Aerospace. Land & Sea consists of the business units Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems (RRPS). Rolls-Royce Power Systems headquartered in Friedrichshafen employs roughly 11,000 people. Under its MTU brand it markets high-speed engines and drive systems for applications in the marine, energy generation, heavy-duty agricultural, rail and military vehicle sectors, and in the oil and gas industry. The corporation’s MTU Onsite Energy brand products comprise diesel generator sets for emergency backup, base-load and peak-load power, and combined heat and power modules based on gas engines. Medium-speed Bergen brand engines are used in marine propulsion and energy plant applications. The portfolio is completed by the L’Orange fuel injection systems for large-scale engines.
  3. Rolls-Royce has clients in more than 120 countries, including more than 380 airlines and leasing companies, 160 armed forces, 4,000 naval and marine clients including 70 navies, and 1,200 energy and nuclear energy clients.
  4. Our business is based on the 4 Cs:
    • Customer – the client is the central focus of our business.
    • Concentration – the decision as to which markets we want to grow in and which we do not.
    • Cost – the continual pursuit of greater efficiency.
    • Cash – the constant improvement of financial results.
  5. Turnover amounted to 15.5 billion pounds sterling in 2013. Around half of that figure was attributable to the service side of the business. On 30 June, 2014, the total value of orders on hand was roughly 70.4 billion pounds sterling.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested 1.1 billion pounds sterling in research and development. The corporation supports a worldwide network of 31 university technology centers (UTCs). They ensure that Rolls-Royce engineers are at the very top of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs more than 55,000 people in 45 countries, more than 17,000 of whom are engineers. The energy arm sold to Siemens in 2014 has roughly 2,100 employees.
  8. Rolls-Royce is heavily committed to the recruitment of new apprentices and university graduates and invests in the ongoing development of its staff. In 2013 we accepted 379 university graduates and 288 apprentices onto our training programs. To promote training in the areas of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM), we have over 1,000 Rolls-Royce STEM ambassadors worldwide who actively contribute to training programs and activities. Our aim is to reach at least 6 million people through our STEM ambassadors by 2020.

For more information, please contact:

Wolfgang Boller
Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG
Phone: +49 7541 90-2159


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