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BUILD THE FUTURE – Lewis steps his career up a gear with a Degree Apprenticeship


“My job is my hobby and even though I was petrified to go back into learning, a Degree Apprenticeship will definitely further enhance my career at Bentley.”

Lewis Piggott, 31 from Crewe, is stepping his career up a gear by embarking on a Degree Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, with his studies funded by his employer, Bentley Motors Limited, through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Lewis left school and went straight into an Apprenticeship in Bench Joinery, working as a furniture maker for a company for eight years before deciding to apply for a Craft Apprenticeship at Bentley Motors Limited.

He studied for a BTEC in Manufacturing Engineering during his Apprenticeship and won an award for Innovation and Behaviours, which led to him being offered the opportunity to study at a higher level with the Degree Apprenticeship.

He said: “I’ve always enjoyed making things, putting things together like kit models, and I wanted to find a career that would be an extension of my hobby.

“The Apprenticeship at Bentley was on my doorstep and ideal for me as I could still work with my hands but I was getting a qualification at the same time.

“In my role now I work in the wood shop and make panels for inside the cars. We work on processes from start to finish and that’s something I’m really interested in and would like the opportunity to learn more about.

“The Degree Apprenticeship will further enhance my career at Bentley. As the company looks to deliver our ambitious Beyond100 strategy, this study will allow me to prepare for the future and hopefully support this in a production planning role.”

Lewis will study for three years part time with one day a week spent learning.

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