RREC Central Southern Section

25 March 2009
Phantom presented to Chichester College   Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has loaned a Phantom to the Motor Vehicle and Engineering department at Chichester College. The car will be used by Rolls-Royce apprentices studying for NVQ and City & Guilds qualifications.

Ten Rolls-Royce assembly apprentices currently attend Chichester College for a day each week during their course. Whilst at college they focus on parts fitting and diagnostics for all aspects of the vehicle, in preparation for working alongside employees at the Goodwood-based manufacturing plant. The loan Phantom will allow apprentices to develop the specific practical skills they need to work on the models built by Rolls-Royce.

"It is a great pleasure to provide a Phantom to Chichester College," said Xaver Franz, Manufacturing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "We have a long-standing association with the college and our apprentices will benefit greatly from dedicated hands-on experience with one of our cars."

Dr Richard Parker, Principal of Chichester College (left) receives the keys to the Phantom from Xaver Franz, Manufacturing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.         Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Dr Richard Parker, Principal of Chichester College, said "We are committed to ensuring that all our apprentices are fully prepared at the end of their apprenticeship to make a significant contribution to the success of their employer's business. The very kind loan of a Phantom will be an enormous help in preparing apprentices for their careers at Rolls-Royce."

The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme was successfully launched in 2006 and has received applications from around the world. The programme provides people aged 16-19 with the opportunity to train with the Goodwood-based manufacturer of the world's best-selling super-luxury cars.

The apprenticeships last for up to four years and combine on-the-job training with studying for nationally recognised qualifications. The programme has been designed in conjunction with Chichester College, the Learning Skills Council (LSC) and South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA). The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme currently supports 35 apprentices.