12/12/18

Bentley Manchester Host Exciting Manchester College Work Placement

Bentley Manchester was proud to welcome two automotive students into their workshop for a week’s work placement. Both automotive students from The Manchester College, they continually impressed the team with their skills and motivation.

The two Level 3 Automotive Students – Warren Ndlovu and Musa Jallow – were excited to spend a week in Bentley Manchester’s workshop, working with our highly skilled Technicians on some of the latest models from brands such as Bentley, McLaren and Rolls-Royce. Unlike many other vehicles that the students get the chance to work with, the specialist cars they were exposed to often use complex electrical systems to operate their various features. This specialist work meant that the students got the chance to learn new techniques and knowledge that they can take with them throughout their careers.

Manchester College Students at Bentley Manchester

When the work placement was originally organised by Aaron Phelps-Naqvi – Employability and Partnership Coordinator at The Manchester College – the plan was to simply have the two young students shadow our Technicians as they went about their work.

Due to the students’ impressive engagement and motivation, however, the workshop team were happy to let the students get their hands dirty with actual engine repairs and maintenance.

Aaron said:

“The cars that the students were working on go for £1m each. Originally, we were looking at the students just shadowing the mechanics but because they were so motivated in every possible way, they were involved in the engine repairs.

“The technicians were very supportive and gave Warren and Musa every opportunity to try things. They were very complimentary about the students’ attitude, how they asked questions and got stuck in, and everyone enjoyed them being there. Warren and Musa were a real credit to the College.”

The dealership team was very proud to have the students working with them and found themselves continually impressed by their hard work throughout the week’s placement. Echoing that statement, Emily Hall – Aftersales Manager at Bentley Manchester – commented:

 “When Aaron approached me regarding work experience with students from The Manchester College, it seemed the perfect opportunity to work with the future talent of the motor industry.

“The first two students were exceptional. Not only did they bring a very good knowledge base and skill set, but they had a fantastic attitude and were very keen to learn more advanced skills. My manufacturer-trained technicians were happy to work with them.

“I am sure they will have a very exciting future in the motor industry, which hopefully we have contributed to, and I look forward to welcoming future students.”

Image from The Manchester College.​


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