Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Civil Engineering Contractor
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    • Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2QR

About JN Bentley Limited

What is it like to work for JN Bentley Limited

It is important to note that, on joining his family’s company, Paul Bentley, spent a number of years working his way up – working as a labourer, site engineer, site agent, assistant contract manager and estimator before being elected to the board in 1999. This experience has shaped Paul’s approach to managing the business – as a very visible, ‘hands on’ leader. For a Managing Director he spends a great deal of time on site or visiting other offices. He knows the vast majority of employees well, and plays an active part in company events and training, sharing his experience and vision for the company and seeking feedback. For example: E-S-O Events involve site discussion with a Director and another senior employee - providing a mechanism for feedback and raising awareness of any health, safety or commercial issues. Paul regularly takes part in these sessions and they provide an excellent opportunity for employees to speak, first hand, to the Managing Director. Paul’s most recent E-S-O event was in May, when he visited two of their sites in Yorkshire. Paul regularly attends their company inductions and always speaks at company seminars where he actively took part in an “Ask the Board” Q&A session after addressing all employees. Behavioural Discussions involve a trained employee observing activities for short periods and making judgments as to whether behaviour is safe/unsafe or efficient/costly, and providing feedback from which individuals and others can learn or improve on. 
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
J N Bentley invests over 1% of annual turnover in employee training and development.  In 2014 this totalled over £1.4m. As a company they recognise the importance of building and maintaining a happy and skilled workforce to ensure they are able to readily resource schemes with talented people who can deliver works of a high quality. They work to ensure employees realise their potential and support them in their efforts to achieve their goals. They run their own Apprenticeship Scheme for young people entering the industry, working in partnership with Craven College, Skipton. In 2014, they welcomed 7 new apprentices who have been utilising their new training facilities in Shifnal, learning essential site skills. They have their own in-house development schemes for Civil Engineering, Mechanical & Electricial Engineering and Quantity Surveying for employees that want to learn new skills and responsibilities whilst working towards a professional qualification. Support employees through HE and Professional Qualification. 20 employees are currently working towards a variety of qualifications, including HNC in Civil Engineering, BSc in Civil Engineering/Construction Management/Quantity Surveying, BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MSc in Geotechnical Engineering. They also support employees who are earmarked to take the next step up or who J N Bentley wants to give additional skills to enable them to fulfil their role to the best of their abilities. This is done through courses like Integral Leadership and ensuring succession plans and suitable talent pools are in place.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
J N Bentley support their local communities through the provision of their skills, time and expertise. They work in partnership with local schools, providing opportunities for professional development and mentoring roles and providing all employees with an annual volunteering allowance.  They continue to work with Skipton Girls’ High School, local to their Head Office – a number of their engineers work with Engineering A-Level students to support/mentor them throughout their studies. Volunteers also support the school during their ‘Water Week’ promoting water conservation and the work of WaterAid. A number of employees have also been involved in the Engineering Education Scheme (EES), supporting students studying STEM subjects at A-Level. All employees have a volunteering allowance, enabling them to get involved in community-based projects and ‘give a bit back’. The One Supply Chain West Community Group - Shifnal office and a team of volunteers completed a project renovating Shifnal Cemetery. The team installed two timber pergolas, footpaths and planting beds to improve the site for visitors. A team of volunteers from their Durham office joined client, Northumbrian Water and their Just an Hour scheme to ‘give something back’ by renovating the garden into a usable space for the children at Gateshead Crossroads Care Centre – a respite centre for carers who require ‘time out’ from their challenging home lives. Employees from their Head Office in Skipton have also supported Crosshills and Glusburn Parish Council through the provision of their skills, time and expertise by preparing a site for the installation of a new war memorial.

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