APPRENTICES at Bentley Motors are due to start restoring a classic 1965 Bentley T-Series over half a century since it rolled off the production line.
Half of Bentley’s intake of apprentices are starting a three-year manufacturing programme, learning about all aspects of coach building including wood treatment and paint.
The new apprentices will work together to renovate the classic Bentley, assembling the trim section as well as restoring the car’s paint and engine. Once completed, the car will become part of Bentley’s heritage fleet.
Marlies Rogalt, Bentley’s member for the board for human resources, said: ‘Bentley’s apprenticeship scheme offers a solid foundation to enable our trainees to learn and grow. Working on one of the most iconic Bentleys from our illustrious past is a truly unique experience, and one which will enhance their skills and knowledge and help them become experts in their chosen field.’
Bentley’s apprenticeship scheme has been running for more than 40 years, with trainees based in the company’s headquarters in Crewe.
The British car maker recently announced that 40 undergraduates would be joining the company, alongside 23 graduates. In recognition to its dedication to development, Bentley was also awarded the Princess Royal Training Award last month.
Colin Jackson, Bentley master trainer, said of the T-Series project: ‘This is something everyone involved in can feel very proud of. Having the opportunity to bring back to life such an iconic Bentley doesn’t happen very often.
‘The challenge of restoring this car means that our apprentices will develop the traditional skills that Bentley is so famous for, and sets them up for their careers building Bentleys of the future.’
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