‘Being thrown straight into the action appealed to me’

Bringing ideas, curiosity and judgement to the table is a big part of a graduate’s role at Bentley. It’s not just about what you do, it’s about how your position interlinks across the business. For Logistics graduate Aaron Venner, sustainability is the key…

‘I guess it’s not that surprising that I work in logistics at a car company – my dad joined Rover Group as a graduate in 1984 and both my grandparents worked in logistics, one as a lorry driver, the other in the Army. I joined Bentley when I finished my degree in 2018 and spent the first few months getting to know the business. I then completed a number of placements across the company. The first of these was working throughout Manufacturing on a money-saving project, after which I spent some time in Material Flow, where they make sure parts are in the right place at the right time… among many other things.

‘Being thrown straight into the action is what appealed to me about Bentley. They’d interviewed me, knew what I’d done at university, and knew that I wanted to work on the logistics side of Manufacturing, so they had already earmarked a couple of projects for me to get involved in. One of the first things I worked on was a tool we nicknamed the ‘Green Calculator’, which is basically a spreadsheet that will work out how much CO2 any shipment will produce.

‘When I was studying at university, I actually wrote my dissertation on sustainability in airlines, looking into how you can benchmark and improve it – so that’s why I ended up building the Green Calculator at Bentley. Although I love the petrol-powered cars Bentley makes, I don’t feel like I’ve had to compromise on anything I believe in. Thanks to some of those early projects, I’m now part of a Sustainable Logistics team, which has been responsible for introducing biofuels to the supply chain, and has started looking at alternative transport, such as moving things by rail instead of road.

‘I’m a STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] ambassador for the Northwest, and have done some visits to local schools to talk about what I studied at school and uni, and how I came to work at Bentley. I’ve also been working on a project at a school in Crewe called the Greenpower F24, where secondary schools from around the country engineer and run a little electrified race car.

‘Obviously, like all graduates and trainees at Bentley, the short-term goal is to be offered a permanent contract, and I’d really like a role in one of the logistics teams. When it comes to progressing at Bentley, it really comes down to how you and your manager want to structure things, but it’s always nice to start at a company and immediately have flexibility and that support network in place to help you develop. Between your manager and HR, you never feel like any question is too difficult to ask.’

Aaron Venner, Graduate Manufacturing Trainee



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