Year 9 student Reuben Litherland has enjoyed a VIP tour of Rolls-Royce after he spoke of his desire to work for the company when he appeared on The One Show.
Reuben told the show’s presenters Alex Jones and Ore Oduba that working for Rolls-Royce was his ‘perfect dream’.
The 14-year-old is profoundly Deaf and was invited on to the BBC One programme to talk about how he copes with everyday life and footage of him filmed throughout the school day was also shown.
Bosses at Rolls-Royce were so impressed by Reuben’s interview that they invited him for a special behind the scenes tour.
He visited the company’s Derby site, touring the Apprenticeship Academy and Workshop, Heritage Centre, Engine Build and a Test Bed.
During his visit staff from Rolls-Royce stopped to shake his hand, describing him as an inspiration, and even asked for selfies with him.
Reuben said his visit had fuelled his dream of working for Rolls-Royce.
He said: “I was excited and nervous ahead of my visit. We went to the apprentice workshop where I could see the basic machinery in action. We walked through the Heritage Centre which was really interesting because I got the chance to learn more about Rolls-Royce history.
“Then we visited Engine Build where we looked at engines being assembled. That was very exciting and I learnt that all engines are assembled by hand.
“I also received bags full of goodies from Rolls-Royce, I couldn’t believe it. I am very grateful and I would like to thank Rolls-Royce for an amazing experience which has made me more determined to work there one day.”
Paul Broadhead, Global Head of Community Investment and Education Outreach at Rolls-Royce, organised Reuben’s visit.
He said: “When Reuben appeared on The One Show he inspired the nation. When he mentioned he wanted to be a Rolls-Royce Aero Engineer we simply had to invite him in to see us up close.
“Having now met Reuben I have to say he is a fabulous young man who is a credit to Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy and his parents. He tells me that now he has met some of our people and seen our Trent engines he is doubly keen to turn his dream job into a reality.
“I think we might be seeing Reuben again in Rolls-Royce some day in the not too distant future.”
After being encouraged by well-wishers following his TV appearance, Reuben has also set up his own Facebook page called ‘Learn How To Do British Sign Language’ where he posts video tutorials and it has already amassed almost 5,000 likes and followers.
Mr Gritton said: “I’m sure that Reuben will never forget his visit to Rolls-Royce and we would like to thank everyone at the company for giving him such an incredible experience. Reuben is a fantastic ambassador for our school and we are proud to say that he is one of our students.”