Early Careers

The difference about working at Bentley is all about questions – not the questions we ask you but the questions you ask us. What kind of future do we want to build? If we can open our minds to new ideas we can create extraordinary journeys – for our Colleagues and our customers

  • ‘Within the first three months of my apprenticeship I was presenting to a Purchase Director’

    Aima Ali, Purchasing Higher Apprentice

     

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  • ‘You’re constantly given opportunities to develop in loads of different areas of the company’

    Gemma Rigby, Graduate, Quality

     

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  • ‘I’m surrounded by influential women, which really inspires me’

    Gemma Sharp, Human Resource Strategy Intern

     

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  • ‘Within the first three months of my apprenticeship I was presenting to a Purchase Director’

    Aima Ali, Purchasing Higher Apprentice

     

    READ AIMA'S STORY >

     

At Bentley we believe in the future – we’re busy reimagining it right now. But the future is not just about new products and new technologies – it’s about challenges to preconceptions. It’s about creating an exciting and rewarding future for our business and our customers. That’s why our graduates, apprentices, interns and undergraduates – all our future talents – are so important to Bentley’s future. Together we can make a real difference

  • APPRENTICES

    We offer different levels of apprenticeships. These are mostly aimed at school/college leavers and graduates, but there is no upper age limit – we have taken on experienced professionals as part of our programme. Apprenticeships are offered in five topics: Production, Engineering, Business, Digital and Project Management. Degree apprenticeships are also open to existing Colleagues.

    READ AIMA'S STORY >

     

  • GRADUATES

    At the start of a two-year graduate programme at Crewe, you will liaise closely with managers, mentors and Bentley’s future talent team to create your own programme. You will learn your own role in-depth, and also gain experience of how it interlinks with every function of the business. Alongside your new skills, your entrepreneurial spirit, curiosity and judgement will flourish.

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  • UNDERGRADUATES

    OUR UNDERGRADUATE VACANCIES ARE NOW LIVE! Our undergraduate programme matches students to a live role. You will become a valued part of Bentley as well as undertaking work as part of your degree course. You’ll be heavily involved in corporate social responsibility projects/initiatives such as school liaison and charity activities. Our undergraduate programme is also the perfect preparation for our Graduate Scheme.

    READ GEMMA'S STORY >

     

  • INTERNSHIPS

    Bentley offers internships only when there’s a significant role to be fulfilled. Lasting between six and nine months, they are a great opportunity for interns to immerse themselves in the business and take ownership of projects. As with all of Bentley’s award-winning future talent programmes, participants enjoy support and camaraderie from their peers at Crewe.

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The Bentley difference: two perspectives

Working at Bentley is a journey, but what does being on that journey feel like? Find out from two Colleagues at different points in their journey – Lilly Hulse, Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprentice, and Dr Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board of Management - People, Digitalization & IT

Astrid: ‘What makes Bentley unique is that we combine our over 100-year-old heritage, with a very innovation-driven attitude. There is no industry right now that is more interesting than the world of automotive and mobility – it’s all about individuals and society’s future. Bentley is a big name with a big responsibility, but it is a small company. What surprised you about Bentley when you joined, Lilly?’

Lilly: ‘I think one of my biggest surprises when I started working at Crewe was how open everybody is, and willing to give me opportunities and have a conversation. I was very nervous at the start, especially at the thought of presenting a project to a board member. And my manager said: “If you don’t want to do it, you don’t have to. But here’s the opportunity, and you can either take it or leave it.” I took it, and I think that the biggest piece of advice I’d give to anyone at Bentley is: “If you get given any opportunities, take them.” I think it’s amazing what’s going on at Bentley and what will happen in the future. Where do you see the company in five years’ time, Astrid?’

Astrid: ‘We want to be the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility company. As everybody knows, Bentley is a part of the VW Group, a group of over 12 automotive brands employing around 650,000 people worldwide. That gives Bentley access to these other brands, and opportunities to develop. But also, in that huge group, we are the speedboat. And there have been plenty of examples where we at Bentley are the ones that have gone out first and developed technology and systems that have later been adopted by companies in the group. And we can do that because we are little, we are fast, and we are agile.’

Lilly: ‘Yes, I think that’s a big positive about Bentley – that it is so small compared with some companies. Everybody is on the same site, in the same canteen – in normal non-COVID times anyway. Everybody is visible, and you know who you can go to to get things done. You have the opportunity to see that everybody is approachable and human. When I look at you in your position, Astrid, I can see that there isn’t a glass ceiling that you can’t get through, even as an apprentice.’

Astrid: ‘Thank you, Lilly, and I must, say, as a board member, I am inspired by our trainees too. I love the sense of fearlessness they have, how they are not held back with any baggage from a long career, how they are always prepared to give something a go.’

Lilly: ‘I might seem like that now, but when I first started at Bentley, I was petrified, especially about speaking to anyone senior! But the managers are so good at building your confidence. And each day is different – I can’t even tell you what a typical day looks like for me now, because I work on lots of different types of projects with so many different people. And some days are spent doing a lot of coding work and designing apps. But other days, I’ll be in a workshop brainstorming a challenge with Colleagues. I also spend a lot of time talking to key stakeholders across the business.’

Astrid: ‘My advice to you is have courage. Doors are opening in your life, right? And you sometimes wonder if you should step through them. And sometimes you’re afraid because it might mean you’re leaving a place you know. You’re maybe leaving friends behind as you move on to something else, something unknown. That can make you scared and afraid and anxious. But what I learned in my own career is that you should have the courage to take that step. If you are not scared about your next step, maybe that step is too small for you.'