Young engineers take on Bentley challenge

Year 10 students from the Crewe Engineering and Design UTC will be deploying their creativity and problem solving skills during the first in a series of partner-based projects, with the first working with luxury car brand, Bentley Motors.

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Students will spend nine weeks working closely with engineers at Bentley to develop a possible future direction for car seats. From initiation planning, research and development to material investigation and design, the students will manage the entire project before final presentations are shown to the engineers who helped support them along the way.

Principal of the UTC, David Terry, said: “We are privileged to have our students completing a project with a company that has a worldwide reputation for its excellence in engineering. We want to raise the next generation of engineers, with great theoretical knowledge backed up by technical experience, giving them a strong foundation when it comes to seeking employment or continuing with their studies.”

Sally Hepton, director of government relations and CSR at Bentley Motors, added: “We are thrilled to be able to develop young engineers by sharing our expertise, and we are certain that they will gain huge benefits from their time at Bentley. The Bentley course has been developed especially for the UTC students and is just one part of the exciting new learning experience that UTC Crewe offers.”

The students will be visiting Bentley’s iconic factory on Pyms Lane in Crewe twice a week where they will learn valuable skills from the engineers behind the world’s most successful luxury car brand.

Bentley is renowned as more than simply a maker of luxury vehicles; the company has a reputation for extraordinary craftsmanship, attention to detail and design flair. The students will need to demonstrate these values throughout their project. This challenge is a further demonstration of the ambitions of the UTC, helping to nurture students through a stimulating and relevant curriculum, engaging and empowering learning styles, and exposure to leading edge technologies and contemporary engineering challenges.

For those interested in learning more about the Crewe E&D UTC, the next big Open Day will be held on 17th November and be attended by all the supporting and employer partners. This will be one of many events due to take place throughout the coming year. For more information on the Crewe E&D UTC events please visit www.utccrewe.co.uk/utc-events/

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