Young Apprentice Engineer Crispin Cousins

Crispin Cousins has been accepted onto the renowned Rolls Royce Apprentice Scheme. Out of 3,000 applicants he has been offered one of 68 apprenticeships by the prestigious company.

Crispin is a Year 11 student at Fulford School who attends York College one day per week on the Young Apprenticeship Scheme.  Crispin has always shown a great interest in engineering, building a steam engine from an early age.  He has been encouraged and supported by his teachers at

Crispin went through a rigorous selection process with Rolls Royce; after completing an application form he attended an interview day in Derby. The day consisted of three interviews and a Maths and English test. Prior to the day, Crispin was asked to learn information on how jet engines work andFulford, Dave Wooldridge and Alan Jobson and especially John Ashwell who was the DT technician and Adult Education tutor.  It is a fantastic achievement and is on a par with a 6th Form student obtaining a place at Oxford or Cambridge.  It is really encouraging to see students at Fulford achieve so highly following either a vocational or academic route. He then sat a test. He also answered questions on why he wanted to work for Rolls Royce and about his outside interests.

Crispin said: “From the age of twelve I was interested in Engineering, building model steam engines as a hobby. I also remember talking to my grandad and uncle who were engineers. On choosing my GCSE options I decided to study the Young Apprenticeship Engineering programme at York College and this put me on track to think about a future in engineering. Attending College one day a week, studying at school for the remaining four, gave me a good break from school and I learnt so much from my College tutors. I have also made friends on my course who are interested in the same things as me. From September I will be living in Derby during the week , returning home at weekends … I am very excited to be offered this fantastic opportunity as I understand that there will be plenty of opportunity to progress within the company as I learn more and more.”