Bentley to boost apprentice numbers

Bentley to boost apprentice numbers

Bentley is looking for around 140 new full-time workers and apprentices to help build its luxury cars.

The firm is investing £800 million in the next three years in adding to its range and wants to employ another 90 engineers and over 50 apprentices at its Crewe plant.

The company enjoyed a record year in 2013, with well over 10,000 vehicles rolling off the production lines, more than in any of the last 95 years since it began.

Matthew Hancock, the Government's Skills and Enterprise Minister said Bentley's announcement offers great news for young people.

He said he wants to make it normal for youngsters to choose between going to university and starting an apprenticeship and the firm's vacancies will give many school-leavers a superb opportunity to start careers in the motor industry.

Mr Hancock is calling on other companies like Bentley to increase apprenticeship opportunities and develop their own highly skilled workforces.

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