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Work and cultural mobility programme with ZF
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project is to place 5 engineering advanced apprentices from the UK with ZF in Germany. ZF is a vehicle industry company compared to Rolls-Royce which produces aero engines. The skills, knowledge and experience the apprentices will gain from working in both companies will be invaluable and will broaden their skills base. The project in ZF will allow our apprentices to learn specific skills that are not available to them within the United Kingdom and which are unique to our German partners. The planned duration of the project is 3 weeks, where the host will offer skills which meet some of the apprentices NVQ units. ZF are world experts in their field and have a host of skills, task, processes, materials and tooling that is not available within our apprentices workplace across the UK. We will focus on language, technical language, working practices, and how to work across transnational boundaries. The learning will be aligned to their NVQ to ensure that their learning during the mobility is relevant to the individual. As well as the excellent technical learning we will offer a first class linguistic and cultural learning package prior to commencing the mobility, which as well as focusing on social language, will also cover technical language. Cultural experiences will also be planned for the participants to experience the history, culture and current events of the area that they are visiting. We will utilise Europass to formalise the learning of our apprentices, as well as NVQ's and Core / Functional Skills. Our objectives are to: Make apprentices aware of their potential employment mobility throughout Europe, Provide them with skill sets unavailable to them in the UK Expand the apprentices vocational mobility and their job assignment throughout Europe. Increase self-esteem for the apprentices and aid their assimilation of culture, linguistic knowledge and information regarding sector employment opportunities throughout Europe using their Europass CV Give apprentices exposure to different technical solutions to similar problems. Enhance their knowledge and experience in driveline and chassis technology Learn different ways of working and best practice. Improve skills, knowledge and experience. All of the above will be utilised to disseminate the outcomes of the project and to facilitate the adoption of any best practices identified as a result of the mobility project activities. This process will be developmental and on-going, forming a part of the implementation, monitor review and action plan cycle. Our goal is to provide a highly skilled workforce who are able and willing to seek work across European boundaries addressing short and long term sector skills gaps, including Machinist, Fitter, Electrical, Tool Makers, NDE and Maintenance. Each apprentice that participates will have an exciting opportunity to undertake technical skills that are not available to them within the United Kingdom, Our outcome will be highly skilled employees who understand the importance of respecting other cultures different to their own, with increased language skills and an increased likelihood of participants to consider careers across Europe. Rolls-Royce will share the best practice of this project with SEMTA the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing as they have identified that "the success of Engineering, Manufacturing and Science if of vital importance to the future economic success of the UK", we believe that this success can only be founded upon the continued development of world class competitive mobility training practices. Rolls-Royce will also upon completion of the mobility inform other departments within Rolls-Royce of the aims objectives and outcomes at a national level. Rolls-Royce will share the best practice of this project with national and international companies, including the Large Engineering Employer Federation (LEEF). We will share our experiences with various groups that we are members of, including the Engineering Apprentice Large Employer Group, to other Engineering and Manufacturing employers. We will utilise our internal and external communication channels to publicise the programme, its benefits and our involvement. This mobility projects meets government European union strategies encouraging life long learning, entrepreneurship, enterprise and workforce mobility and will be delivered in a way which meets the needs of the industry and Rolls-Royce.

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