A new fourteen million pound state-of-the-art Apprentice Academy at Rolls Royce in Derby was officially opened today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne.
Apprentices will gain hands-on engineering skills which can then be used in other local manufacturing industries.
186 new recruits have begun a 3-year-old course at the company's Learning and Development Centre.
Mr Osbourne said :
Clare Cordon, an apprentice, told Central Tonight she was interested in maths and science at school and decided on a career path with those subjects in mind.
She said : "I looked into apprenticeships instead of university because I wanted a more practical role after sixth form so that was my ideal role."