Bentley and Speakers for Schools successfully launch digital work experience programme
- School to deliver virtual work experience programme
- The “Insight Day” initiative is supported by volunteers from Bentley’s colleague diversity networks
- Goal is to provide students from across the country with insights into STEM careers and opportunities within the automotive sector
- Over 500 places available over the 2021/22 academic year for students across the UK
With COVID-19 continuing to limit the opportunity for traditional “hands-on” work experience, Bentley Motors is embracing digital alternatives and is successfully partnering with social mobility charity Speakers for Schools to deliver a range of virtual work experiences for over 500 young people.
The work experience opportunities, which are available to students across the UK with an interest in STEM topics, focus on a range of areas from Engineering to Digital. The opportunities are being supported by colleagues from Bentley’s diversity and inclusion networks, as part of its Early Careers outreach programme which aims to encourage more girls and students from ethnic minorities to consider careers in the automotive industry.
During the most recent work experience session on digital skills, colleagues from Bentley challenged the students to design their “car of the future”. The winning design was submitted by Year 13 student, Yen Li from Torquay Girls Grammar School. The team at Bentley Motors were particularly impressed by Yen’s innovative approach, inventive design and ability to work quickly and with attention to detail.