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A Career Guide To Becoming A Bentley Vehicle Technician

A subsidiary of German car manufacturer Volkswagen Group, Bentley has a long history of producing luxurious and high-performance cars for the discerning motorist. As with all car manufacturers, Bentley has an army of vehicle technicians that work through its dealer network, helping customers to stay on the road for longer whilst their cars are lovingly serviced and maintained.

Many people that want to start a career as a vehicle technician would love to do so working for Bentley, as it’s one of the most-prestigious car marques you could put on your CV and so will prove to future employers that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain cars to a high standard. Here is what you need to know in order to become a Bentley vehicle technician.

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What does a Bentley vehicle technician do?

All Bentley vehicle technicians are involved with pretty much all aspects of car maintenance and repair work, whether this is routine servicing or complex fault diagnosis and component overhaul work.

As a Bentley vehicle technician, you will get to work with the latest diagnostic equipment, and learn new skills on a daily basis. First class customer service is also a top priority, and for many customers is an important factor when deciding to replace their cars from Bentley or not.

How can I become a Bentley vehicle technician?

As with all vehicle technicians that work for the dealerships of all major car manufacturers based in the United Kingdom, Bentley vehicle technicians would typically apply to join an apprenticeship scheme.

Recruit for Bentley apprenticeship programmes usually start between March and May of each year, and are typically advertised on the carmaker’s website. In order to be considered for the Bentley apprenticeship programme, you will need to satisfy the following criteria:

  • GCSEs in Maths, English and Science (grade C or above);

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

If your application is successful, you will be required to pass a series of aptitude tests, and if you pass those tests, you can expect to gain some or all of the following qualifications during your 3 to 4 year apprenticeship:

  • NVQ/SVQ Level 2, progressing to Level 3 in Maintenance and Repair of Light Vehicles;

  • IMI technical certificate;

  • Bentley certified technician status.

There are plenty of Bentley dealerships in Britain (check out www.jardinemotors.co.uk for an example), and for the most part people are generally kept on to work permanently after their apprenticeships have been completed.

What other apprenticeships are available?

There are other Bentley apprenticeships that you can also apply for:

  • Junior Engineer – working in the engineering department;

  • Production – you have the chance to become a specialist in a key area;

  • Technical – working on prototypes and test cars;

  • Technicians – maintaining production facilities;

  • Commercial – finance, IT, customer relations;

  • Business – human resources, sales, marketing.

As you can see, there is a plethora of roles that you could learn about once you are part of the Bentley family, but being a vehicle technician is typically the preferred option as it means you can work in any part of the UK.

 

Security and Business: What You Need To Know and How To Combat the Problem

Regardless of the size of your business, you need to consider security. After all, you have ploughed a great deal of time, money and energy into making your business successful, the last thing that you want is for someone to take what is yours.

 At the risk of sounding like a scaremonger, think about crime rates in commercial buildings. Due to the high volume of expensive goods available, there is some serious money to be made from less than legitimate means. Unfortunately, in the world that we live in, there are some shady characters that believe that they have a right to what is yours.

The key is protection.

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Remember to stay alert when considering protecting your business. Know who is in your business and who they are, consider that not all security threats are external. Do be aware and alert, but do not become paranoid. Think about what you want to protect and keep secure within your business. Many companies will cater to the individual needs of you and your business. By obtaining a bespoke security service you are ensuring that you are protecting the needs of your own business. Some may assume that a bespoke service means that you have to pay out a small fortune, but the solutions available to you may be more cost effective than you think. The most critical factor to consider in all of this is how you can reduce harm, as well as the impact, to your business, both financially and to your clients.

 Consider this: Can you put a price on peace of mind?

 Security comes in many forms, so consider what you have and what needs protecting. Likewise, you can cater for the needs of your business and your budget:

  • CCTV

  • Alarms

  • Remote Access

  • Wireless Devices

  • Smoke/Fire Safety Equipment

Likewise, the following factors needs to be considered:

  • A risk assessment based on fact

  • Effective security policies and procedures to reduce the risk

  • Appropriate security equipment that links with the identified risk as outlined before

 Companies such as Tag Systems will be able to help with a complete rundown of what is needed, should you be considering security solutions for your office or commercial site.

While theft and robbery stats may be relatively low, it is important to realise that it does happen more often than you may think and that it is certainly worth investing in some key security solutions to ensure that your business is secure. Consider the possibility that there may be a need to invest in security equipment, having good quality equipment and a robust security solution present in your business is a very successful and possible starting point.

 Safeguarding your company is critical. While it may seem terribly precautionary to feel the need to spend money on security solutions, consider the equipment as an investment to your businesses future as well as giving you, your employees and your clients, peace of mind that you have been proactive in security. Regardless of the size of your business, make security your focus today.

How The Type Of Car You Drive Can Help Your Business

It has always been a well-known fact that the type of car you drive in your business will ultimately portray a certain image to new and existing customers. From the moment you pull up in their car parks, if they manage to spot the car you drive they will make certain assumptions or judgements about you and your company.

For example, if you drive around in a Ferrari, they will think that business is obviously going really well for you – but conversely they may also form the opinion that you are over-confident and are only really bothered about personal image rather than your professional one.

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If you drive around in a battered old Ford Mondeo, they might think that you just don’t care what people think about you and your business, and this might lead them to think that you might also not care about their own needs and requirements, and whether the products and services you offer are going to be a perfect match or not.

Of course, there is more to a car than just image – or rather, the image that your customers think you are trying to portray! For the most part, choosing the right type of car can pay dividends when it comes to increasing your firm’s profitability.

Practicality

If you have a business whereby you go around fixing people’s computers and network devices at their premises, it would be unwise to drive around in a sports car, just as it would if you offered mobile dog grooming or landscape gardening services.

By choosing a practical car, such as Mazda CX-5, you will be able to comfortably transport yourself, some passengers and a plethora of cargo in the boot without having to resort to making multiple trips between your premises and those of your customers.

By the way – in case you weren’t aware, the Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV; see more info on the CX 5 here.

Reliability

Going back to the battered old Ford Mondeo car I used as an example a little earlier in this blog post, whilst such cars are great workhorses during their early years, they can develop numerous mechanical (and often costly) problems in later life.

When choosing a car for your business, it is important to choose one that not only meets your needs, but is dependable, and won’t leave you stranded by the side of the road.

Technology

As a business owner, a lot of your time will be spent on the road visiting key accounts clients, suppliers and other stakeholders in your business. Some of your journeys may undoubtedly include long motorway jaunts, so it’s important you have the right technology in your car to allow you to safely talk with people on the phone whilst you are driving.

It’s no secret that some aftermarket handsfree kits can be just as dangerous as using a mobile phone whilst driving, but many car manufacturers are developing built-in handsfree solutions that make calling people and receiving calls as easy as possible, usually with no requirements to press any buttons whilst driving.

 

 

5 Reasons Why a Small Business Should Be Cloud Based

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Someone telephone the government and tell them to hold fire on the high speed railway as it may not be needed after all! That is how big the impact of the cloud is likely to be to  the nation over the next few years. The argument for running a business on the cloud is compelling.

So what is this cloud that everyone is talking about. Well, it equates to a virtual office that is internet based. Employees are able to collaborate in real time, just as they would in a physical office, without leaving their homes. Even when people are not at home, they can work from anywhere with an internet connection.

If you are considering basing your business in the cloud but are unsure if it is right for you, here are five reasons I think you would be wise to make the switch sooner rather than later.

Accessibility

As mentioned earlier, the office can be reached from anywhere in the world if required. As long as you are able to connect to the internet, it makes no difference to the business whether you are in England or China; the office is available to you. The same goes for your employees, as long as working hours are set and adhered to, the office can function from their homes as if it were physical.

Cost Savings

The benefits in cost savings are often the determining factor for businesses turning to the cloud. Here is a list of typical savings that a company can expect to make:

  • No property rental charges.

  • No business rates to pay.

  • Much office software is provided for no charge.

  • No servers to buy.

  • No office maintenance.

  • No utility bills to pay.

The list is endless and, needless to say, the savings can run into many thousands of pounds over a year.

Office Applications

There are many different applications that can be based in the cloud. For the basic office tasks, SkyDrive and Google Docs provide you with the more common word and excel sheets. There’s also cloud based HR Software from Peoplehr.com that can really help organise and manage your business. This software supports small and large businesses meaning that you don’t have to panic if your growing at a rapid pace!

Security Solutions

There has been a lot in the news recently about security vulnerabilities on the internet. With the best antivirus and antimalware programs installed on a local network, it can still fall victim to attacks that will cost you dearly in business and, potentially equipment. By basing your network on the remote servers of a cloud provider, it is much safer. Giants such as Microsoft and Google are in a much stronger position to protect your information, than you are. Your only security responsibility is to create strong access passwords.

Source Talent

With cloud based businesses, the best people from all over the world can be sourced. This means that you can employ the best man, or woman, for the job no matter where they may be. Before the cloud businesses were limited by access to the best talent. Now the borders of the world will be broken down at last, and business is free to fly.

The world has been digitised and, in order to compete, companies are going to be forced to work from cloud based operations. The cost savings are simply too great to ignore. It is hard to see how a company with a physical presence can compete with another company doing the same job but with few, if any, overheads. So accept and embrace the cloud and get one step ahead of the competition.

4 Freelance Career Ideas To Keep You Busy Until Something Better Comes Along

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If you’ve just left university after spending three to five years studying for your dream degree, you might be a little disappointed when you come home to find there aren’t that many suitable jobs around at the moment. You probably had big dreams of moving to a major city and living out the rest of your life with an amazing salary, right? Well, unfortunately, things rarely turn out the way we planned (straight away, anyway), and this is precisely why I’m taking the time out to write and release an article for you today. You see; there is a lot of work out there if you know how to find it, it’s just that most of it is short term. Still, lots of short term work is better than nothing, I’m sure you will agree.

Of course, you could always get in touch with agencies like Resource Employment Solutions to find out about the opportunities that have at the moment. I think that would be a good place to start. However, if you’re still not feeling thrilled with your prospects, you might like to take a quick read through some of the suggestions I’ve made below. While they won’t be suitable for everyone, they could be perfect for one or two of you, and so you definitely don’t want to overlook them. I know from personal experience, if you have the skills required, you’ll find the work…

1. Blogger

Presuming you have an English degree or something that has required you to write at speed using a good command of the English language, you could make upwards of £100 per day from writing blogs for marketing companies. Just search online to find out how you get started, as there are hundreds of articles with some very useful information.

2. Sound Engineer

More and more people are leaving higher education with music degrees these days, which is a little worrying as the industry isn’t really that large. Still, if you learned how to use a studio properly and get the sounds bands desire, you could make a lot of cash from becoming a freelance sound engineer. Just do some networking, and get in touch with all the studios local to you.

3. Photographer

Whether you specialist in press shots for businesses, or even if you attack the wedding market, becoming a freelance photographer will allow you to spend a lot of time away from home, and could also make your life a little more relaxed. Taking good photographs is an art form though, and you’ll need to master it before you get lots of clients.

4. Consultant

You have a degree in some subject or another, right? Well, there are lots of people out there who could benefit from your knowledge, and so becoming a freelance consultant and operating a video messaging or telephone service to clients all over the world could help you to keep going until something better comes along. Who knows; you might even earn so much you continue with this indefinitely.

Well guys, that’s me done for this week, but I sincerely hope you find some suitable job in the near future. And if you don’t, remember, there’s nothing stopping you from creating one!

Good luck!

 

How To Become a Carpenter and Have a Trade For Life

Working in the building industry is hard, there is no doubt about that. A tradesman will be asked to work in all weathers and often find themselves sweating through the summer and freezing through the winter with achingly cold fingers and toes. But, having said that, the banter and camaraderie on a building site are often worth more than any discomfort.

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Are you considering a job in the construction sector? If you are a talented tradesman your work will be in demand, and you will have a happy lifelong career doing what you love. Practices and methods may change throughout your time, but the basic construction principles will remain the same, so keeping up with new methods will be straightforward.

Here are a few trades that you may be interested in following:

  • Roofer

  • Brick Layer

  • Plasterer

  • Carpenter

  • Electrician

  • Gas Engineer

  • Building Labourer

In this article, we are going to discuss how to become a skilled carpenter and, by doing so, have a trade for life.

Qualifications

You maybe surprised to know that there is no requirement to gain formal academic qualifications to work as a carpenter. That is not to say that you won’t be required to be educated to a good level in order to get a job. Employers will only take on those who can demonstrate a good working knowledge of mathematics, for example.

The first step to a career in carpentry is often successfully applying for an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will last for up to four years while you gain experience of on-site work and carpentry skills. You will learn to use tools of the trade such as screwdrivers, saws, hot melt guns and glue sticks, chisels, and many more.

What Do Carpenters Do?

Take a look around your house or place of work. You are surrounded by wood, and that didn’t get there by magic. In any building, wood is one of the main materials used. A carpenter will need to be comfortable climbing on ladders and working at height; on roof beams, for example. You will build and install floors, staircases, skirting boards, door frames, and doors.

As a carpenter, you will be called onto a site when the building has reached the stage where first fix work is required. The first fix tasks are to fit floors and door frames, install the staircases and any other structural timberwork. When the project is almost complete, you will be called back to fit skirting boards, architraves, and hang doors.

Working as a carpenter, you can expect to be on site for at least 35 hours per week and, when the apprenticeship is complete, will be paid between seventeen and twenty five thousand pounds a year. Of course, if you should ever strike out on your own and become self employed, those figures would rise significantly.

Carpentry is a creative job where your work is often on view to the world. Therefore, it is essential that you have a good eye for detail and the patience to work at the best of your ability at all times. The job gives you plenty of exercise and fresh air, and you can expect to travel and work away from home.

Be a carpenter and have a career for life.

 

5 Careers Everyone Wants But Few People Achieve

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When it comes to choosing a career path, you’ll definitely want to spend a lot of time looking at all the options available to you. No matter what your best personal qualities or skills may be, there’s always something out there that would be perfect. Unfortunately, the very best jobs are usually taken by other people, and so they don’t tend to come back on the market very often. Even so, if you see any positions advertised that are similar to the ones mentioned in this article, I advise you to dust down that CV and apply immediately. Careers like this only come around once in a blue moon, so you definitely want to pounce quickly if you’re given the opportunity to become a candidate.

1. Brewery Manager

Are there any people who wouldn’t want to work in a brewery? I thought not. Although you obviously won’t be allowed to spend all day drinking, just being involved with the industry at this level is an attractive prospect. Your main duties would be to oversee the production of whichever alcoholic drink the company makes, whilst dealing with staff issues and ordering sanitary mixers and such. You could even go one step further and try to find work in a distillery that makes high quality whiskey, but only the most talented and knowledgeable individuals would make it that far.

2. Astronaut

NASA aren’t sending that many people into space at the moment, so you could well have to head over to Russia and knock on their national space agency’s door. Also, you’ll need to have some pretty impressive qualifications to find work anywhere in this field. Even so, there are constant missions to the edge of space, and to the international space station. On top of this, there are currently around 1,000 people in the world who can refer to themselves as astronauts, so it’s certainly not impossible to gain a career in this industry.

3. Penguinologist

Humans still haven’t learned everything about this astonishing animal, and so there are a number of people who’re spending their entire working life researching their physical, and mental capabilities. We all saw that film “March of the Penguins” a few years ago, right? Well then, how cool would it be to spend your days amongst these fascinating creatures? Obviously, you’re going to need some kind of expertise or scientific qualifications, but if you have them already, this could be a pretty amazing way to get out of the lab more.

4. Jester

Admittedly, this job probably doesn’t require you to spend years at university, but it does offer a whole range of interesting benefits. I know what you’re thinking, but yes, there are still professional jesters at work in the UK. In fact, more than 30 full time jesters are currently registered, and many of them work at historic sites owned by the British Royal Family entertaining tourists.

5. Waterslide Tester

First Choice announced last year that they were looking for a new waterslide tester, as their old one had decided to hang up his trunks. The international media ran stories calling it “the best of job in the world”, and I think perhaps they were right. The lucky applicant would get to travel to some of the most luxurious holiday locations on the planet to try out the waterslide – and they would get paid for it! I’m not 100% certain how often careers like this present themselves, but when they do, you have to grab the bull by the horns.

So there you go my friends. Now you know about some of the most desirable careers in the world, I hope you’ll be more inclined to aim a little higher in future and find employment in a role equally as exciting and enjoyable.

Have fun!

 

4 Alternative and Easy Business Ideas You Can Do From Home

A career change is a scary and often risky prospect. In today’s economic climate, quitting a full time job to start a business from home can seem like a huge financial gamble.  It can be seemingly easy should you take the time to think about what you want to do and how you can make it profitable.

Start with compiling a list:

  • What are your strengths

  • What are your weaknesses

  • What are you passionate about

  • Where do your key skills lie

  • What experience can you draw on from your previous roles

  • What experiences from previous workplaces, and businesses, can you take into your new venture

 

The list is not infinite, but should be a good starting block for starting a new business from home. Bear in mind, you do not have to quit the day job in order to start a successful business from your home. You can always start a part-time venture, should you not be ready to take a big risk to go it alone. While you may feel that you are putting in a lot of hours (as well as reaping the financial rewards) you will also get a sense of achievement from what you have started.

Moreover, should you feel that your venture is not working your favour; you can cut your losses much more effectively and not have to worry about the financial impact.

Should you want a career change, or feel that you want to get out of a work rut, take a look at this list of four alternative businesses that you can start from home:

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  1. Antiques Collectibles and Dealing

While you may not consider yourself to be the next David Dickenson, antiques dealing can be an extremely profitable business should you know what you are looking for. With plenty of information readily available on the internet, as well as in print, there has never been a better time to scour charity shops or car-boot sales in order to boost your earnings. While this trade might seem a past time for the more mature person, the rise of eBay has made antiques trading much more accessible.

   2.House Cleaning

This may not be the most glamorous of pursuits, but put simply, with the right motivation you can earn some serious cash. Consider turning house cleaning into a franchise. It has proved very successful, and ultimately profitable, for many, as well as having the benefit of being your own boss. Take a look at the Chicago cleaning service for inspiration.

  3. Wedding Planning

If your dream if to plan a wedding, and for someone else to cover the cost, and then consider starting a wedding planning business. Weddings are big business, and continue to be so year on year. The great thing is, is that you need very little start up costs and the profits (as well as the job satisfaction, ) can be huge.

   4. Website Design

In an increasingly technological age, website design has never been a better field to get into. If you consider yourself to have excellent design skills, then this is something to seriously consider. Every company has a website, why not tap into that resource and offer this as a service.

While the list may seem a little quirky, and less mainstream, than some business ideas, they are incredibly profitable. Should you have a canny knack for numbers and business, you can turn your quirky, alternative business dream into a profitable reality.