New training facility opens at South Cheshire College

Bentley Motors has now opened a new dedicated apprenticeship Training Facility, a workshop and classroom-based institution, home to Bentley’s largest apprentice intake in a decade.

The new Facility, based at apprenticeship training provider Total People within South Cheshire College, has been developed as part of Bentley’s new manufacturing apprenticeship scheme, focused on strengthening core skills as Bentley prepares for the introduction of its SUV in 2016, and future growth.

The programme will utilise a dual education system, a tailored method based on competence profiles with approximately 70 per cent of time devoted to practical and 30 per cent to theoretical learning within chosen profession areas in manufacturing.

Commenting on the official opening today, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said: “Today is an important milestone. We are not only welcoming our apprentices to Bentley, but introducing them to a new dedicated facility, and a brand new apprenticeship approach, inspiring them to pursue rewarding careers in engineering and manufacturing.
“The foundation of future skills and knowledge comes from recruiting apprentices who will, long-term, become our skilled professionals and experts. And for them the hard but very rewarding work starts now. This new facility, and the use of dual education and our skilled experts will offer invaluable experience throughout, and a pathway to a structured future.”

Together with Wolfgang Dürheimer, Edward Timpson MP officially opened the Bentley Training Facility this morning at South Cheshire College. He commented:
“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to learn and to get experience that is of value in the real world. Having helped Bentley to secure a University Technical College recently, I am delighted that they are also continuing to invest in apprenticeships. This month their largest intake for over a decade will begin their training and will benefit from a new Bentley training facility and tailored curriculum. This is great news for young people in Crewe.”

Bentley will use its own experts to design and deliver the skills and training on the apprenticeship programme, having introduced four Master Trainers who will design and deliver the practical curriculum, focusing on four core areas: Trim, Wood, Paint and Mechatronics.

In addition to the apprenticeship programme, Bentley offers other trainee programmes, including graduate schemes, around 150 work experience placements each year and has an established school liaison programme providing workshops in local schools.