Bentley Motors today launches its 2016 apprentice recruitment campaign with 42 positions available on the latest intake, starting with the company in September this year. Applications open from 12th March at www.bentleycareers.com for six weeks, with an open day to be held on the same day at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, where prospective apprentices can find out more.
Bentley has created over 100 apprentice opportunities in the past two years, maintaining the company’s future talent focus. Commenting on the latest recruitment drive, Marlies Rogait, Member of the Board for Human Resources, said:
“Bentley’s apprenticeship scheme offers a solid foundation upon which to build the skills and knowledge required to become skilled experts and professionals in their chosen field. As our business continues to grow, we continue to invest – in our people, our products, and our network. We want to attract extraordinary candidates – the Bentley experts of tomorrow – who aren’t afraid to challenge and can add to our highly-skilled and passionate workforce.”
Bentley’s apprentice scheme has been running for more than 40 years and offers an invaluable way of gaining nationally recognised academic and vocational qualifications while undertaking tailored development at Bentley.
Nearly half of the new apprentices (20) will be starting the recently developed manufacturing apprenticeship programme. The curriculum is designed and delivered by Bentley Master Trainers, during which apprentices will develop skills in areas such as leather, wood, paint, mechatronics and production maintenance.
A further 22 apprentices will be based in business areas at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, including Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Purchasing and Human Resources.
Bentley’s Apprentice of Year in 2015 was Matthew Farrell, a former Production Apprentice, and now Production Engineer at Bentley Motors. Matthew summed up why he found the Bentley apprenticeship scheme so valuable:
The Apprenticeship was a great opportunity to really pursue my technical, academic and personal development goals in a structured way. From learning about manual engineering operations to developing the next generation of designs for body and trim, each part of the programme helped me to enhance my professional and personal skills. I have been able to own my development goals and benefit from structured input and feedback from peers and managers along the way.
Bentley Motors was recently named one of Britain’s top employers by the Top Employers Institute for the fifth consecutive year. Bentley – awarded for its commitment and dedication to the 4,000 colleagues working at the Crewe headquarters – was particularly praised for its focus on the talent and personal development of its workforce.
Bentley is also playing a pivotal role in bringing a University Technical College to Crewe later this year. Focused on Engineering and Design, the college will offer an inspiring education for 14-18 year olds seeking a pathway to future employment.
To apply for an apprenticeship at Bentley, visit www.bentleycareers.com. Applications open on 12th March for six weeks.