Rolls-Royce Motor Cars welcomed the Business Secretary, Vince Cable,  to the company’s stand at the

Goodwood Festival of Speed

this morning.  Mr Cable talked with Rolls-Royce apprentices and graduates and took  the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the company’s latest model, Wraith.

UK Business Secretary

Mr Cable visited the stand with Richard Parry-Jones, Co-Chairman  of the Automotive Council, and The Earl of March, founder of the  Festival of Speed, following the launch of a new automotive industrial  strategy to media earlier in the morning.

Mr Cable said, “A skilled workforce is what keeps Britain’s  automotive sector competitive. Companies like Rolls-Royce Motor Cars  have long recognised the value of offering apprenticeships and have a  proud record of putting young people on exciting and rewarding career  paths.” He continued, “The new automotive industrial strategy sets out  how we will address skills gaps in the industry and we are producing a   ‘skills roadmap’. Automotive Council members are expecting to provide  an extra 7600 apprenticeships and 1700 graduate opportunities over the  next five years. We are committed to improving current and future  training programmes across all levels of the sector.”

Goodwood Festival of speed

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor  Cars, said, “Rolls-Royce was delighted to welcome the Business  Secretary and to share with him our new model, Wraith. We were  gratified by his positive comments about our Apprenticeship and  Graduate Programmes and his recognition of Rolls-Royce as a British  manufacturing success story.”

Rolls-Royce has a history of supporting new talent in  manufacturing. The company’s Apprenticeship Programme was successfully  launched in 2006 and provides people aged 16-24 with the opportunity  to train with the world’s leading manufacturer of super-luxury cars.  In addition to the Apprenticeship Programme, more than 100 young men  and women were employed with the company in 2012 on industrial  placements ranging in duration from six to 12 months. The company also  runs a successful Graduate Programme, with new positions made  available each year.