HRH The Duke of York KG meets Bentley trainees and Master Trainers
His Royal Highness The Duke of York today visited Bentley's headquarters in Crewe to meet apprentices and find out more about Bentley's innovative approach to training young people and continuously improving the skills of Colleagues throughout their careers at Bentley.
His Royal Highness, who as Patron of the Baker Dearing Trust is a strong supporter of University Technical Colleges, also heard how Bentley is working with partners in the South Cheshire area to open Crewe Engineering & Design UTC in September 2016.
Bentley’s new manufacturing apprenticeship is based on the proven dual education model and includes competence profiles and dedicated placements with expert Master Trainers within chosen professional areas such as Bentley specialisms in wood, leather and mechatronics. Bentley also announced today that its latest apprentice intake, to start in September this year, is its biggest in 25 years, with 63 positions.
The Duke met both apprentices and Colleagues working on some of the brand new and bespoke training islands in wood, leather and engine production.
Combining theory and practical learning will also be the focus for learners at Crewe Engineering & Design UTC which will help ensure a steady pipeline of young people needed to sustain the unique skills and quality levels required to sustain Bentley’s growth plans.
Speaking about the visit, Wolfgang Dürheimer Bentley Chairman and CEO, said: “Bentley is the pinnacle of luxury and performance. To deliver on our exceptionally high standards requires a highly skilled and motivated workforce. We therefore invest in their training throughout their careers at Bentley.
“Everyone at the Crewe factory feels honoured and highly appreciative of the visit of His Royal Highness. We were delighted to demonstrate first-hand the skill our engineers, craftspeople and trainees here in Crewe possess as we prepare for the launch of the first SUV in the luxury sector, the Bentley Bentayga.”
Bentley has also recently announced its expansion plans in Crewe with a new £40million R&D centre and 300 new roles being created in engineering, manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing and project management. This is part of a wider £840 million investment plan by Bentley over three years to 2016.
Read more about Bentley apprenticeships on our Careers Website.