Graduate

BENTLEY GRADUATES

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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TOP 5 FAQ'S

When do applications open and close?

The application window is from October to December, with assessments then taking place throughout January and February.

Can I apply if I graduated more than two years ago?

Yes, we take applications from all Graduates, regardless of graduation year.  

Will I be offered a permanent position following the graduate programme?

For graduates who meet performance standards and complete any study requirements, we have a great track record of progression into permanent roles in the business. This role is normally one that has been worked towards during the programme, but sometimes the business and the individual find that the skills set, passion or aptitude fits somewhere else in the business. Our programmes are designed to give breadth and depth of knowledge that allows this to happen.

If I do not live within commuting distance, will I need to consider relocation?

Yes, all of our trainee roles are based at our Crewe Headquarters, in Cheshire. You will be relocating with almost 200 apprentices, graduates and undergraduate students. Approximately 45 minutes from Manchester and Liverpool, Crewe also borders the towns of Nantwich and Chester, home to many restaurants, bars and shops. Where individuals need to relocate to the area, we offer support networks to help find rooms & accommodation and make new connections with our current trainees.

Will I get to drive a Bentley?

Some of our trainees do get to drive the product – this all depends on job role and whether it is required as part of your daily duties. This is not restricted to roles which have regular contact with the product however – roles in HR, Quality, Sales and Marketing and other areas have genuine reasons to drive the cars. What is certain is that all of our trainees will get to engage and interact with our products from day one – as we operate from one site in Cheshire you are never more than 500m from a Bentley!

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