Bentley, 2009 Apprentice Employer of the Year

The National Apprentice Employer of the Year Awards for 2009 appointed Bentley Motors as the "place to be" if you got talent and need a part-time job. The company managed to be voted best apprentice employer of the year after competing with over 100,000 UK companies taking part in the National Apprenticeship Scheme. Bentley participated in the large business category.

Bentley's apprenticeship program, unlike other companies, covers areas of the business, including logistics, engineering, sales and marketing. Bentley offers their apprentices the opportunity to work and live abroad, within the Volkswagen Group.

Today, Bentley Motors employs 51 apprentices who follow a three to four year training program across a number of disciplines. Even if they are employed by Bentley, apprentices are still being given the chance (or should we say are even forced) to complete the necessary academic qualifications and develop the required underpinning knowledge.

We are exceptionally proud of this award. Being recognized at not only a regional, but a national level, is a great testament to everyone involved in the scheme. Recruiting apprentices enables Bentley Motors to meet our skills needs in critical areas. It allows us to select the right person and develop them in a way that meets the needs of both the company and the apprentice," Christine Gaskell, Bentley member of the board said.

"The automotive industry is a great place to work and, as this award demonstrates, it is a sector which all ambitious young people should consider
if they want a challenging but rewarding career.
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