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NAA Member News: Bentley Motors opens applications for 76 trainees and an eco-friendly water system

Bentley Motors opens applications for a 76-strong apprentice, undergraduate and graduate intake for 2020 as well as opening a new water recycling system at its site in Crewe…

As Bentley Motors begins its next 100 years, the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world is looking to the future as it opens applications for its 76-strong apprentice, undergraduate and graduate intake for 2020.

The new recruits will be employed at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, with Bentley placing a particular emphasis on finding candidates with the required digital skills and ability to innovate that will help to shape its next 100 years.

A range of opportunities can now be found at www.bentleycareers.com, including roles in Digital, Information Technology, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, plus Engineering and Manufacturing.

Positions are available for apprentices, undergraduates and graduates, all of whom will benefit from a structured career path that is the hallmark of each of Bentley’s acclaimed trainee programmes. Their training will provide the technical, academic and hands-on experience required to support the digital transformation of the company.

Dr. Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT at Bentley Motors, said: “An extraordinary range of opportunities are available, designed to drive our business forward and help build Bentley’s exciting future. Engaging and developing the very best trainees in the country is key to ensuring Bentley remains the definitive British luxury car company, as well as one that stays true to extraordinary craftsmanship, innovation and sustainable solutions.”

The Bentley Apprenticeship programme has already been recognised for its educational achievements. Last year, careers guidance company AllAboutSchoolLeavers named Bentley as the number one employer in the automotive industry for school leavers in the UK – the second successive year the company had been honoured with the award.

Lewis Clarke, a Body and Trim Engineer, was announced W.O. Bentley Apprentice of the Year in October. He explained why Bentley was such a desirable career move: “The skills I have learnt at Bentley over the last five years have also helped me develop as a person. I am part of a team of colleagues where everyone is made to feel like they have an equally important role to play in the success of the company.”

Further information, and how to register, can be found at www.bentleycareers.com

Bentley Motors has also taken another step towards increasing its onsite sustainability with the successful pilot and launch of a new water recycling system at its site in Crewe.

Bentley aims to become the most sustainable luxury car manufacturer, and following its recent carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust, the company continues to invest in a range of technologies to help further reduce water use, energy use and the amount of CO2 emissions it offsets.

Bentley uses a number of reverse osmosis treatment units onsite to ensure that the water used in manufacturing processes is free of any contaminants that could affect the high quality paint finish Bentley cars are renowned for. The process works by using high-pressure pumps to separate contaminants and create pure water. Due to the level of purity required, previously, for every three litres of water drawn into the reverse osmosis treatment, only one could be used.

Thanks to the installation of the recycling systems, those two litres are now being captured and used to keep the factory and our grounds in a pristine condition.

Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing, explains:

“Our site in Crewe designs, engineers and manufacturers luxury cars for export all over the world. Water plays a vital part in a number of our manufacturing processes, but it’s also a natural resource, so reducing our consumption and reusing as much as we can is a key part of our philosophy. The new recycling systems we’ve installed help us to meet that objective – whilst still manufacturing cars of the highest quality.

“Our projections show that we can expect to capture over 350,000 litres of water in 2020, all of which can now be used to maintain our site. For example, we wash over 16 miles of internal routes every day to ensure that our factory is in immaculate condition – and look after our plants and grounds carefully.

“The project is a great example of the innovative thinking our colleagues are coming up with to reduce the impact of our site on the environment – and our next focus point will be to capture even larger volumes through rainwater harvesting.”

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