Pupils rev-up their careers by securing places at Rolls-Royce

Callum Gray, left, and Matthew Stephenson.
Callum Gray, left, and Matthew Stephenson.

Two north Northumberland engineering students have spoken of their delight after securing apprenticeships for a world-renowned manufacturer.

Callum Gray and Matthew Stephenson have been accepted onto the Rolls-Royce apprenticeship scheme, starting in September 2014.

Callum is a pupil at Amble’s James Calvert Spence College (JCSC), while Matthew studies at the Duchess’s Community High School, in Alnwick, but attends JCSC two days a week for engineering.

The company was impressed by their willingness and commitment to travel to Newcastle everyday and by the quality of their work.

The pair had to undergo an entrance exam and interview before being selected from more than 600 candidates.

Both students are delighted at securing the apprenticeships.

Callum said: “I was so excited when I first heard about Rolls-Royce that I made it my status on Facebook. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I just can’t wait until I get there then it will seem more real.

“When I told my mum that I had got it, she was so excited.”

Matthew added: “There were a challenging series of tests to check basic knowledge of maths, communication, cognitive theory and dexterity.

“After that there was an interview in which the interviewer made us feel very comfortable, more like an informal chat.

“The questions were quite challenging in the interview but the relaxed approach allowed me to express myself well.

“At the end of the interview they immediately offered me a place, I was so excited. I thanked them and it didn’t sink in until I was on the way home in the car.

Brad Logan, teacher of engineering, said: “I am absolutely delighted for them. We have been working very hard not only on their work but on their interview skills and as only 10 per cent of students who apply are successful they should be very proud of themselves.

“Previous JCSC students who completed the apprenticeship programme have gone on to enjoy successful careers in engineering and so this is just the beginning for them.”