Bentley SUVUK – The carmaker’s workforce at its headquarters in Crew will grow by 140 personnel, not only 90 engineers but 51 apprentices – the biggest apprentice intake in ten years. The increase follows record sales in 2013, with 10,120 units delivered; the company aims to reach 15,000 by 2018.

Bentley is spending £800m over three years on model and facility development across a number of engineering disciplines: chassis; powertrain; electrical; body and trim; and whole vehicle. The long-term investment in personnel will see 40 of the 51 apprentices enroled on a new, dedicated manufacturing scheme focused on strengthening core skills as the carmaker gears up to introduce the Bentley SUV in 2016.

The new manufacturing apprentice scheme involves vocational training based on competence profiles and placements within chosen professional areas in manufacturing. Bentley describes the scheme as “a significant step in the company’s people and development strategy”.