Bentley Motors is to recruit 51 new apprentices, the biggest single apprentice intake in 10 years.
The luxury car manufacturer said 40 apprentices will be part of a new dedicated manufacturing scheme focused on strengthening core skills as it builds up to the introduction of the Bentley SUV in 2016.
Bentley’s new manufacturing apprenticeship approach sees the introduction of dual education; a tailored method to vocational training based on competence profiles and dedicated placements within chosen professional areas in manufacturing.
Matthew Hancock, skills and enterprise minister, said: “We want it to be the norm for young people to choose to either go to university or begin an apprenticeship, so it's great that Bentley has announced these new apprenticeship vacancies.
“I would encourage other employers to follow Bentley's lead and use apprenticeships as an opportunity to grow their own talent andimprove the skills base of their workforce.”
The announcement follows on from Bentley’s record year in 2013, delivering 10,120 cars, the highest in the company’s 95-year history, and aim to reach 15,000 cars by 2018. Bentley was recently named as one of Britain’s Top Employers for the third year running by the Top Employers Institute.
Recruitment for these positions is now open through Bentley’s careers website.