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.