Bentley CreweUK – A total of 63 new recruits will start training at the OEM in September this year, with 40 of these undertaking the recently developed manufacturing apprenticeship programme.

The new apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2014, designed and soon to be delivered by Bentley ‘master trainers’. Apprentices will acquire skills in Leather, Wood, Paint and Mechatronics. Taking a dual approach, 70% of time will be spent on practical development and 30% on theoretical learning, within chosen professional areas.

The other 23 recruits will be based in business areas at Bentley’s global headquarters in Crewe, UK, including Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Purchasing and Human Resources. “At such an exciting time in Bentley’s history, with our new SUV, the Bentayga, nearing production, we are investing heavily in our future,” said Marlies Rogait, the OEM’s board member for Human Resources. We are proud that this is our largest intake of apprentices in 25 years, demonstrating our commitment to development and training.”

In addition, Bentley is spending £40m on a new R&D centre at its HQ, as part of a wider $840m investment plan which will boost its workforce by 300 individuals. Also in Crewe, the carmaker is helping to establish a University Technical College focused on engineering and design.