- Bentley Motors has won a hat-trick of awards at the annual AllAboutSchoolLeavers rankings, most notably Top Employer for School Leavers in the UK. Bentley was also recognised as the Top Employer in the Automotive Industry and Top Employer for Medium School Level Intake.
The awards – presented by careers guidance company AllAboutSchoolLeavers and voted for solely by Apprentices – highlighted Bentley’s focus on future talent, learning and development and its innovative approach to Apprenticeship programmes, balancing theoretical learning with practical working.
Commenting on the achievement, Dr. Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation & IT, said:
“To be named the Top Employer for School Leavers in the UK is an achievement we are very proud of and underlines our continued commitment to future talent. This commitment spans decades with programmes running for more than 40 years each offering a solid foundation for people to build the relevant skills and knowledge that will enable them to grow through their careers.”
Bentley’s apprenticeship programme offers an invaluable way of gaining recognised qualifications while undertaking key training at Bentley, for three or four years, dependent on which area the Apprentice is working in.
A new cohort of 41 Apprentices will start in the autumn of 2018 joining the 250 people already on trainee programmes at Bentley Motors.
Talking about her experiences, Joanna Duraj, a first-year Engineering Degree Apprentice at Bentley Motors, said: “I’ve enjoyed every second of my apprenticeship so far and would recommend it to anyone. I’m encouraged to pursue my technical, academic and personal development goals in a structured way and I’m gaining knowledge and experience from a variety of people around the business that will only help me as my career at Bentley develops.”
Bentley recently received further national recognition for its future talent and skills development programmes after being named as a Top Employer for the seventh consecutive year by the Top Employers Institute.
Bentley is also playing a pivotal role in the University Technical College in Crewe. Focused on Engineering and Design, the school offers an inspiring education for 14-18 year olds seeking a pathway to future employment.