Outreach activities play a key role in our Beyond100 strategy as our sustainability targets also include various ambitions to enhance the lives of others, especially in our local community.

On 7 March, our Early Careers team ran their annual Girls Into Bentley event, welcoming around 50 girls from local schools and colleges to our home in Crewe to get a glimpse into life inside Bentley.

The day started off with a welcome from our Early Careers team before embarking on a tour around the factory to see all aspects of the assembly line, vehicle interior production and wood and paint shops to see just how far the company has evolved in the last 105 years to appreciate the level of craftsmanship that goes into making our extraordinary cars.

The group then heard from two extraordinary engineers, Melanie Ashun, Susan Ross and Lindsay Taylor - before taking part in a CV skills workshop with our Talent Acquisition team.

"I came to Girls into Bentley when I was in high school, it really inspired me to pursue a career in the automotive industry, 6 years later I am a degree apprentice at Bentley and studying towards a degree in Engineering." - Melanie Ashun, Degree Apprentice: Quality.

"This is the fourth year I have attended this event with my students. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for girls to come out of their comfort zones and feel inspired by all of the different opportunities Bentley offers. -School Careers Advisor 

"It's great for girls to learn that Bentley doesn't only offer jobs in manufacturing but there are lots of different pathways available, hearing from the women within Bentley is inspiring." - Local Teacher

In the afternoon, the group participated in a speed networking session led by members of our colleague-led BeInspired network, before one more spotlight talk from Raj Robinson, who was recently recognised by the Automotive 30% Club's Inspiring Women awards.

"I have felt inspired by the women working at Bentley, it makes me want to come and work for Bentley in the future." - Student 

"I enjoyed the tour of the factory, it was really interesting to see how everything works behind the scenes." - Student