Daniel Kendall - Technical Apprentice

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I chose an Apprenticeship because I wasn’t entirely sure whether I really wanted to go to Uni. I’d secured a place at MMU studying Engineering but I couldn’t help think it wasn’t right for me at the time. When I came across the apprenticeship and careers section of the Bentley website I was already keenly interested in Cars and Engineering, so I applied, went through the thorough selection process and 2 years later here I am.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day can vary so much, one day you may be in back-to-back meetings, other days out testing cars, or in the office, or on the production line doing other work. One day could even be a mixture of all of them!! The variety and type of work, as well as getting to work with and know so many different people, are two of the best things about the job.

Are you studying for any qualifications?
Having just finished the National Certificate course at south Cheshire College, I am now starting work on my NVQ level 3 and in September I’ll be starting a two year foundation degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After that I will complete my degree just like my friends, but I will have the added bonus of earning money and having hands-on experience.

What's good about working at Bentley?
Working here is a fantastic experience every day. The variety and nature of the work means it never gets boring, working with the people here and the products we make mean that I have no regrets whatsoever about joining Bentley. It takes me well over two hours a day to get to and from work and it is worth every second, that’s how good it is!! The fact that I will eventually get the chance to complete a degree in engineering, all the while getting paid for it and learning new skills, is testament to how much Bentley supports you as you progress through the Apprenticeship.

Any tips or advice you would give to someone applying for an apprenticeship?
If you are going to apply, make sure you are well prepared for all aspects of the recruitment process. Be positive and learn about what you are applying for so you have background knowledge to refer to. Be sure it is the right thing for you, it probably will be simply because of the huge range of work available but still, it's better to be certain. Clicking ‘submit’ on that application form was probably the best thing I’ve done to date.