A UK Top Employer

The many extraordinary people who work for Bentley are, ultimately, what makes it one of the best companies to work for in the UK. Every colleague’s contribution, in every role adds value – we are more than the sum of our parts. Bentley is an equal opportunity employer and encourages an inclusive workplace. To make sure we maintain our high standards, we offer wide-ranging training and support in a unique working environment. There is a commitment to continuous development and we constantly look for ways to recognise and reward outstanding performance.

In 2020, we have been recognised again as one of the top employers in the UK – for the ninth year running. The Top Employers report compiled by the globally recognised Top Employers Institute recognises our dedication to excellence in personal development, working environment and colleague culture and engagement. These awards are not given lightly - there is a rigorous process that involves in-depth surveys, audit, evaluation and feedback. Everyone at Bentley is proud of this achievement and we are developing our HR practices to ensure we continue to be recognised as one of the country’s top employers in the coming years. We are proud to have received this accolade in recognition of our ongoing commitment to continuous development.

Bentley Motors is proud to be amongst the first recipients of the Princess Royal Training Award in recognition of our outstanding training and skills development programmes. The company was assessed against three ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’ by a commission of ten leading figures in the business and learning & development community, as well as HRH The Princess Royal. The award is a fantastic endorsement of our commitment to training and skills development and the significant impact it has on our productivity and business success.

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Community Engagement

We understand that every business makes a financial, environmental and social difference not only in our local community, but also wherever else it operates in the world. At Bentley, our community engagement plan makes a commitment to always behave ethically and contribute to local economic development, while supporting and improving the quality of life of our colleagues and their families. This goes hand in hand with supporting the local community and wider society. This requires a long-term commitment to building the Bentley community through a number of different initiatives. These include topics such as the environment that concern us all. For example, Bentley was the first automotive company to achieve the three Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and waste. The roof of the Pyms Lane factory houses over 20,000 solar panels capable of generating up to 40% of the site’s energy requirements.

Bentley was a founding member of the Cheshire Community Foundation and through a dedicated Bentley Fund offers grants to community organisations and charities operating within 20 miles of our headquarters. We have also been supporting our local hospice St Luke’s for decades, with both high profile involvement and ongoing grass-roots support, with many colleagues giving up their time to help and to generate donations. The recent creation of the Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire brings likeminded colleagues together from across the business to meet up and work on community projects.

Another community engagement initiative involves our Bentley trainees working with the Prince’s Trust, supporting a local 12-week programme run by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service for unemployed 16-25 year olds. This is a great opportunity for our Graduates, Undergraduates and Apprentices to support the development journey of participants whilst building their own skills.

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At Bentley, we believe in training and developing people for the future, investing in future talent through internships and work experience. So it should come as no surprise that we have been deeply involved as a partner in the development of a new university/industry collaboration, the Crewe Engineering & Design University Technical College  (UTC). UTCs are government-funded independent schools, free to attend for 14-18 year-olds interested in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). They each have a university and employers as sponsors, as well as support from the local council. Crewe UTC is backed by Manchester Metropolitan University and its vision is to be the engineering and design education provider of choice, supported by a number of employers. Bentley works with the MMU and the UTC in a unique automotive partnership to offer students an outstanding learning experience with the broadest choice of engineering and design disciplines and opportunities. The Crewe Engineering & Design University Technical College opened in September 2016.

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