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A future at Rolls-Royce beckons for talented STEM student

4 July 2024

A Worthing College student has earnt a place on a coveted Rolls-Royce degree apprenticeship.

Jess Keogh, who is just about to complete her A-levels in physics, maths and electronics, will embark on a Digital and Tech Solutions Degree Apprenticeship at the internationally-renowned company in August – earning while learning over the next four years.

Jess said: “It’s quite exciting! It wasn’t an easy process and it included a challenging assessment, but it’s incredible news!

“It’s a four-year apprenticeship and you do rotate around departments, so you experience a lot. Then afterwards, if you find something you really like then you do have the opportunity to go into that field and department.”

Helena Thomas, Principal at Worthing College, added: “We’re over the moon for Jess – to have applied with lots of other young people for a small number of apprenticeships and to be one of those selected is a phenomenal achievement.

“Rolls-Royce told Jess that her knowledge and experience with electronics was one of the keys to her success in securing this apprenticeship, so this is a massive reflection of her hard work and her determination to succeed.

“Rolls-Royce is known for its innovation and prestige, so this is a fantastic opportunity and one I know Jess will grasp with both hands. We all wish her the very best in her future career.”

Jess has spent the last two years studying at Worthing College, and credits the support she’s received as a key highlight. She revealed: “The support is really good. I went to Helen [Bloomer, teaching & learning manager for STEM] a lot when I applied for my apprenticeship and she helped me a lot.

“It’s a really supportive environment and everyone wants the best for you. Like, you can really tell that they want you to do your best and be the best that you can be.”