Bentley celebrates ‘Extraordinary Women’ success

Bentley has completed its first ‘Extraordinary Women’ mentorship programme, with the visit of five members of its first cohort to Bentley’s headquarters in Cheshire.

The programme is designed to inspire the next generation of female talent and has engaged female students in the fields of technology, engineering, design and business, at partner universities in the UK and Middle East.

During a week-long programme, students had the opportunity to explore various aspects of Bentley’s manufacturing operations in Crewe, learn more about products and business strategy, join panel talks with senior leaders and trainees from Bentley’s early careers cohort and pitch their project ideas to colleagues from the sales and marketing team.

Member of the Board for Human Resources, Dr Karen Lange, said: “Women remain under-represented in many key areas of our business, so as part of our Beyond100 goals, we are extending our efforts to reach female students – particularly those studying STEM topics – and offer them insights into our business and the wide-range of careers that we offer.

“We are delighted that our first visit and mentoring programme has been a success and I particularly enjoyed meeting with the students and seeing how they applied their academic insights to the business challenges we set them.”

This was the first of an ongoing initiative from Bentley, which aims to inspire and educate generations of young women across the globe and to help equip them to take up leadership positions in their chosen professional field.