Year 6 children From Croft Primary School With The Bentley Mulsanne
Year 6 children From Croft Primary School With The Bentley Mulsanne

As a WorldSkills London 2011 Presenting Sponsor, Bentley hosted a Seminar on 'Value of Apprenticeships' in Crewe. The event focused on the value and contribution apprenticeships can add to companies and the UK economy.

Bentley Motors' Member of the Board for Personnel and key note speaker, Christine Gaskell said: "It is a great pleasure to welcome experts in our facilities on a subject which means a lot to Bentley. For us, good quality apprenticeship schemes are the bedrock on which our future is built. If companies such as Bentley are to remain internationally competitive, we have to attract the best young people and give them a training programme that allows them to flourish."

Aidan Jones, Chief Executive of WorldSkills London 2011 added, "I am convinced that the seminar at Bentley Motors has made a significant contribution to the promotion of vocational qualifications as a positive and valued alternative to academic qualifications. The provision of apprenticeships which includes vocational training by Companies such as Bentley is helping upskill the UK workforce, making it more globally competitive and, in the case of manufacturing, helping rebalance the economy. WorldSkills London 2011 will inspire more young people to be enterprising in their career choices highlighting the incredible skill levels achieved by young people from all over the world and helping change how people perceive their future options."

Alongside the event, three of Bentleys' apprentices,Paul Alcock, Maintenance Technician, Marcus Gorvin, Technical Support Craft Apprentice, and Reece Jenks, Tool Room Craft Apprentice, demonstrated their skills, created a fully functional mini moto as well as completing a surprise challenge during the Manufacturing Team Challenge competition one week earlier.

John Myers from the National Apprenticeship Service and Chris Kirk from City & Guilds also attended the event to give talks.

Thirty attendees were then given a factory tour, with Bentley Motor's apprentices giving an insight into their skills and apprenticeships available from Bentley.

As part of Bentley's school outreach activities, Year 6 children from Croft Primary School in Warrington were given the opportunity to undertake a number of tasks which demonstrate the skills required to work in a manufacturing plant, including clay modelling and a jigsaw challenge as well as having the chance to experience the Bentley Mulsanne.

Christine Gaskell, Bentley Motors' Member of the Board for Personnel said, "Bentley has always been strongly committed to skills development and apprenticeships and has been very active in promoting careers in the industry. This year we have seen a 300% increase in apprenticeship applications which demonstrates the success of our awareness rising activities attracting young people into the company."

Published : 01/07/11 Author : Staff

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