Bentley Systems and InventiveLabs partner to provide alternative learners a path to meaningful employment

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Sourcing highly-creative employees from an untapped talent pool
AMESBURY, Mass. - Nov. 13, 2018 - PRLog -- Bentley Systems and InventiveLabs are teaming together to provide college-level internships, and potential future employment, to participants in the InventiveLabs Career Prep Program.

Young adults with learning differences represent possibly the most creative minds available to companies today. Unfortunately, our educational system is not designed for the way these exceptional individuals think and work. Consequently, many of them are unable to complete college and settle for jobs that do not capture their strengths. At a minimum, this is economically inefficient; but it should be recognized that there is a tremendous human cost as well.

Companies today are looking for ways to attract the best and brightest talent, and, just as importantly retain that talent. There is a risk of excluding people from the recruitment pipeline by focusing purely on college recruiting or "Headhunting" talent. Companies may miss people that could be true game-changers – those "bright kids-back home". The underemployment of these unique, talented individuals is a problem that can be remedied. Bentley and InventiveLabs are teaming together to solve this problem.

Bentley is working with InventiveLabs to provide opportunities in their college internship program for individuals who complete a preparatory program at InventiveLabs. InventiveLabs works with highly talented and creative individuals that think outside the box. When given the opportunity, these individuals can be the catalyst for new ideas and solutions for companies. Many, but not all of the people that join InventiveLabs, have a learning difference such as ADHD, dyslexia or ASD. Empirical evidence shows that people whose minds are wired differently can be the real game-changers within an organization. People such as Richard Branson (who has ADHD and dyslexia) and David Neeleman (ADHD) who founded Jet Blue, are only two examples of many of these types of individuals that have achieved notable success.

InventiveLabs is currently recruiting to fill a team with candidates for this program. The internships will start in the summer of 2019.

Rick Fiery, co-founder of InventiveLabs and program guide said, "We have a creative environment and structured approach that can help some of our most brilliant and creative thinkers achieve measurable success. For many of these folks, the standard classroom and workplace limit them from achieving their true potential. We look forward to working with Bentley to place people in positions where they can succeed and add real value for Bentley. We are thrilled to be working with a company that believes in our mission and provides a culture truly interested in the well-being of its employees."

Florence Zheng, Chief Talent Officer at Bentley Systems said, "Here at Bentley we have a robust Internship Program that offers students an opportunity to grow into their professional roles. We search for the best and brightest creative thinkers across the globe and look forward to working with InventiveLabs to find such talent."

Carissa Ciarlone, a Summer 2018 Intern at the Watertown, CT office said, "I joined Bentley because I had wanted to try something different then my previous internship and felt Bentley would be an amazing learning experience... which it has shown to be! My favorite thing about Bentley is the people, everyone is so nice and willing to help you without a second thought! I enjoy working at Bentley because I'm learning a lot and feel I have so many skills I will take away from this summer."

About InventiveLabs:

InventiveLabs, located in Amesbury, MA, was founded in 2014. The Lab helps cognitively-diverse individuals identify and turn their passion into a livelihood through three main programs: Career Prep, Entrepreneurship and Gap-year. The Lab also runs an annual Pitch Competition for startups where at least one team member has a learning difference. The mission of the Lab is to help alternative learners monetize their talents.

About Bentley Systems:

Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley's MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2012. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. Bentley shares transact by invitation on the NASDAQ Private Market; strategic partner Siemens AG has accumulated a non-voting minority stake.

Rick Fiery
InventiveLabs, LLC

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