Beginners go back to the start
Bentley has returned to its roots to give apprentices the opportunity to restore a T-Series to its original factory specifications.
As part of the company’s apprenticeship learning programme, the new apprentices will complete and assemble the trim section and restore the car’s body, paint and engine, putting into practice the modern skills they will gain during their apprenticeship while becoming familiar with traditional techniques.
Post completion, the classic car will join Bentley’s celebrated heritage fleet where it will attend car events across the world.
Marlies Rogait, Bentley’s member of the board for human resources, said, ‘Bentley’s apprenticeship scheme offers a solid foundation to enable our trainees to learn and grow. Working on one of the most iconic Bentleys from our illustrious past is a truly unique experience, and one which will enhance their skills and knowledge and help them become experts in their chosen field.’
Bentley master trainer Colin Jackson, who is leading the project, added, ‘This is something everyone involved in can feel very proud of. Having the opportunity to bring back to life such an iconic Bentley doesn’t happen very often. The challenge of restoring this car means that our apprentices will develop the traditional skills that Bentley is so famous for, and sets them up for their careers building Bentleys of the future.’
Over half of the new intake of 19 apprentices are undertaking a three-year manufacturing apprenticeship programme, which will see them develop skills in areas such as coach trimming, wood, paint, mechatronics and production maintenance as well as developing know-how in production technologies of the future.
In addition to the 36 new apprentices Bentley has also recently welcomed 40 undergraduates and next month 23 graduates will join the business. Bentley is also playing a pivotal role in supporting the recently opened University Technical College in Crewe, which focuses on engineering and design.