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Rolls Royce increases graduate intake

Published: Thursday, 22 January 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Aerospace power systems provider Rolls-Royce will hire more than 200 university leavers in graduate jobs this year, it has been reported.

The firm, which counts more than 600 air carriers among its customers, employs more than 38,000 staff worldwide, according to the Times.

Graduates will be accepted on to its two programmes - leadership development, which is geared at nurturing management staff, and professional excellence, which seeks to train technical experts.

According to the news provider, Rolls-Royce graduates on the professional development programme receive a starting salary of £25,500, in addition to a £2,000 joining bonus, while future managers earn £28,000, plus a £3,000 bonus.

In a usual year, around 20 or 30 applications per graduate position are received by the firm. All entrants are required to have at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant field.

Earlier this month, Rolls-Royce announced plans to hire 50 extra apprentices in 2009, in addition to the 170 it already planned to recruit.

Sir John Rose, chief executive of the firm, said the manufacturer was proud of its apprentice scheme, which it believes makes "a strong contribution" to the competitiveness of its workforce and to the wider economy.

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