Bentley commits to future skills

Bentley has today underlined its commitment to future skills development by announcing the company’s largest intake of apprentices in 25 years.

Marlies Rogait, member of the board for human resources, said, ‘At such an exciting time in Bentley’s history, with our new SUV, the Bentayga, nearing production, we are investing heavily in our future. We have a highly skilled and passionate workforce, whose skills are passed on via the apprenticeship programme to create the Bentley experts of tomorrow. We are proud that this is our largest intake of apprentices in 25 years, demonstrating our commitment to development and training.’

Megan Aucott, third year junior engineer and current apprentice, said, ‘The real benefit of an apprenticeship is that I am able to start full-time employment without having to compromise my education. I work within whole vehicle engineering – design check, and what I love about the role is I don’t just have to work on the products in the virtual world, but I can physically go into the workshop and help to build prototype concepts.

‘The role offers something different every day, a constant learning curve, keeping it fresh and interesting. As I get more experience I can see myself becoming more independent, taking on more responsibility and developing into a technical specialist in my department.’

This announcement comes after Bentley Motors was named one of Britain’s top employers by the Top Employers Institute for the fourth consecutive year. Bentley – awarded for its commitment and dedication to the 3,800 colleagues working at the Crewe headquarters – was particularly praised for its focus on the talent and personal development of its workforce.

Bentley is also investing £40 million to build a new research and development centre at its headquarters, as part of a wider £840 million investment plan, which will generate a further 300 new positions.

To support the company’s future investment in its employees and the community, Bentley is also playing a pivotal role in bringing a University Technical College to Crewe. Focused on Engineering and Design, the college will offer an inspiring education for 14-18 year olds seeking a pathway to future employment.

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