The Future Generation Of Bentley Experts
Bentley’s awarding-winning training programme has welcomed 83 new trainees to its 4,000-strong workforce at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, as part of Bentley’s 100-year apprenticeship association. The 83 new apprentices, undergraduates and graduates are working in commercial areas including Communications, Sales and Marketing, People and Digital, Finance and Purchasing as well as the traditional Manufacturing and Engineering departments.
Dr Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT at Bentley Motors has commented on Bentley’s Future Talent: “As we reflect and celebrate the significant achievements of this company over the past 100 years, it is more important than ever to look ahead and prepare for the next chapter. This starts with recruiting the next generation, our experts of tomorrow, who we welcome and join an already highly-skilled, motivated and passionate workforce.”
40 of the new recruits are apprentices, bringing the current number of apprentices working for Bentley at the Crewe headquarters up to 140. Whilst half of the apprentice intake will be following a three or three and a half-year Advanced Apprenticeship programme, the other half will be studying for a Higher or Degree Level Apprenticeship. Three of these students attended Crewe Engineering and Design University Technical College (UTC), of which Bentley is a supporting partner.
One of these students, Paige Leeke, is now an Advanced Apprentice in Manufacturing and has commented: “I am excited about starting my career and I can’t think of a better place than Bentley Motors. I was lucky enough to work on Bentley’s Apprenticeship programme. I look forward to putting my academic knowledge into practice and working on some amazing cars.”
12 of the new recruits are graduates that are set to follow a two-year development programme designed to serve as starting blocks for successful careers in business and engineering. The 31 remaining recruits are undergraduates, beginning a 12-month development programme that is designed to focus on degree students looking to complete a year-long placement as part of their studies.
Bentley has had a long association with apprentices, as the company founder, W.O. Bentley, left school at the age of 16 in 1905 to start work as an Apprentice Engineer with the Great Northern Railway. 14 years later, W.O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors in Cricklewood. One of the original apprenticeships W.O. Bentley hired was Freddie Richmond, the 9th Duke of Richmond who went on to begin his own motor racing career.
The company’s commitment to apprentices has continued to the present day, with Bentley being named this year as the UK’s Best Employer for School Leavers and Top Employer in the Automotive Industry by the School Leavers awards.