UNCOMPROMISING FOCUS ON QUALITY
HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Passion as a key motivational
Christine Gaskell, the Board member responsible for Personnel, is proud of Chris and his young colleagues in Crewe. “We see vocational training as a strategic investment in the future of Bentley,” she says with conviction. Young people spend between three and four years training at the English carmaker, attending college in addition to mastering the various technical disciplines. Gaskell explains that Bentley’s uncompromising approach to quality is central to its training: “It doesn’t matter if you’re producing a Golf or a Bentley. The important thing is to always make sure that the best Golf and the best Bentley roll off the line at the end of the day.” She sees a passion for cars and good development opportunities as being key motivational factors. In addition to technical know-how, Bentley sets great store by soft skills and offers communication training and language courses, as well as the opportunity to undertake voluntary work. However, nothing is written in stone: “We constantly reflect on what is best for us and our trainees. The program that we are offering today may well be completely different in two years’ time.” One of Gaskell’s main priorities at present is to ensure that the new talent has the chance to gain more international experience. Accordingly, twelve young people from Crewe are currently on work experience at Group companies in Germany.
Needless to say, the new Bentley generation is already eagerly awaiting the next WorldSkills in London in 2011, with not only Elliot New but other young contenders also scheduled to take part. For Elliot, the prospect of representing Bentley is the main motivation for the forthcoming national qualifying rounds: “My work has become even more important to me. I have more initiative now and have no qualms about approaching an engineer occasionally if I need help.” However, Chris’s triumph at the WorldSkills will not be forgotten. As he has now completed his vocational training, Christine Gaskell is already considering the next move: “Taking part in Calgary was a real springboard for Chris. The next step is to ensure that he develops to his full potential within the company.”
Left: GREATER CONFIDENCE – A genuine interest in helping employees to fulfill their potential – this is what Chris sees as being the key factor behind Bentley’s superior vocational training.
Right: DEDICATED TRAINER – Andrew McLean has been with Bentley for 30 years and works extensively with his young colleagues.
Vocational training in the Volkswagen Group
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
Highly qualified specialists and demanding quality standards are the basis for the success of the Volkswagen Group, which is why vocational training is such a high priority. At present, the Volkswagen Group is training a total of 10.000 young people across the board, with 3.000 new trainees worldwide due to begin their traineeships this year. All trainees will complete at least three years of vocational training. For those who wish to combine a traineeship with university studies, the Group offers eleven different technical and commercial disciplines as part of the StIP integrated degree and traineeship scheme in Germany. This is a combination of a German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) vocational training certification and a bachelor’s degree.