Tell us about what you do
I’m an apprentice in the wood workshop at Bentley Motors, where I’ve learned many hand and craft skills, including matching and cutting veneer, sanding, the lacquer process and polishing.
What attracted you to this route?
Apprenticeships offer a valuable way of gaining qualifications while training in roles. Craftspeople have opportunities in all aspects of building a Bentley – the wood shop; trim, where leather parts such as seats are manufactured; paint, which covers all processes of painting a Bentley; and mechatronics, working on final assembly.
How did you get there?
I studied English, maths and science as GCSEs and achieved a grade C in all three, which was a requirement to start the apprenticeship. Among my other subjects was resistant materials, for which I planned, researched, produced and evaluated a cabinet – achieving an A* grade, as well as taking that learning into my apprenticeship.