Bentley Motors invited pupils from the surrounding schools to their headquarters in Crewe at Cheshire, with the aim of showing them just how diverse the career options are when it comes to the automotive manufacturing industry. This visit was made as part of the event sponsored by the partnership of the industry and the Government. Titled ‘See Inside Manufacturing’, the goal is to encourage young people and hopefully inspire them to think about a possible career in manufacturing, specifically in the automotive industry.
At Bentley therefore, these students were able to learn the craftsmanship and the skills that are needed in order to make the best motor cars worldwide. A total of 110 pupils, between the ages of 10 and 15 years, were given the opportunity to try the different skills utilized by the company.
There were 5 ‘Have a Go’ areas wherein the pupils could try various activities that included doing a CAD illustration and making a clay model of an alloy wheel in the same manner as that of the design team. The children were also able to experience how to assemble a V8 engine rocker shaft and even stitch a steering wheel. In addition to these areas, both pupils and teachers had a chance to tour the facilities and thus were able to see how first-hand how vehicles like the Mulsanne or the Continental GT were made.
They saw as well why Bentley’s cars have attained a high level when it comes to craftsmanship, engineering excellence, and quality. The tour also resulted in the children seeing just how far technology has improved in this industry by comparing two heritage cars, like the 8-liter W. O. Bentley, with the newest products. In fact, all of them were put on display fronting the main entrance.
Christine Gaskell, Member of the Board for Personnel, shared that this sector remains to be an excellent industry to take up a career in as the job opportunities are truly diverse plus the fact that young people who decide on this career path are given significant support.
At present, many high luxury automakers are based in the UK and this means that the skill levels demanded are unparalleled, she added. Gaskell continued and said that the company wants those same skills to be handed down to a new generation and she hopes that programs like “See Inside” will motivate young people to be what they want. The Right Honourable Dr. Vince Cable MP, Business Secretary, shared that many young people today get turned off by the term manufacturing.
In fact, he added, a poll conducted in the previous week showed that for children in the ages of 11 to 14 years, only 1 out 10 believed that engineering was an important profession and ranked it higher than a politician. He continued that the government is serious and wants to change the traditional views when it comes to manufacturing. With the “See Inside” program plus the event at Bentley, the government hopes this will make young people see that modern manufacturing involves high skill, high technology, and even is highly paid, he said further.