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ROLLS-ROYCE RESPONDS TO ELECTRIC PROPULSION TRAINING DEMANDS

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is planning to respond more robustly to the rising demand for electrified drive and propulsion systems, so in 2019 and 2020 it will be helping around 100 engineers at the company to acquire an electrical engineering qualification.

The company, as it evolves into a system solutions provider, is innovating its product portfolio to respond to the needs of the energy and mobility turnaround. The changes go hand-in-hand with new job profiles, and, in particular, new demands on the qualifications of staff working in R&D. “We want to train the qualified professionals we need in electrical engineering ourselves. By helping staff to gain higher qualifications, we're also offering them exciting career prospects in an innovative field,” pointed out Marcus A Wassenberg, member of the Executive Board at Rolls-Royce Power Systems who carries the HR portfolio.

The company has chosen the HECTOR School of Engineering and Management as its partner for the further training initiative. The school belongs to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, a leading engineering and natural science university in the federal state of  Baden-Württemberg. “Providing further training opportunities for staff is a wise step to take at a time when skilled labor is in very short supply, and also fits the strategic re-orientation of the company. This is why the Works Council wholly supports this measure,” emphasised Works Council Chairman Thomas Bittelmeyer.

The first 25 engineers will follow two training modules involving up to 250 hours of training that lead to a basic qualification. In the second phase, they will have the option of studying further in order to specialise in a particular branch of electrical engineering. Completion of the third phase will lead to an academic title.

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