Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is recruiting for its second intake of apprentices since starting the programme last year at its facility at Goodwood in southern England.

Successful applicants will join next August in paint, wood, leather, assembly or maintenance areas. The first 12 apprentices joined the company in September 2006.

The company’s apprenticeship programme for people aged 16-19 was successfully launched last year and has received applications from around the world.

The apprenticeships last for up to four years and combine on-the-job training with studying for nationally recognised qualifications. The opportunity to join the company following a successful apprenticeship is also a possibility.

The programme has been designed in conjunction with the Learning Skills Council (LSC), South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA) and Chichester College.

The apprentices are joining the company as it begins to launch the new Phantom drophead coupe (aka ‘convertible’). Development has also begun on another new, smaller model due out within four years.

Planning permission was recently granted to allow the expansion of operations and building work has already begun.