BMW GROUP APPRENTICESHIPS.
BMW Group is on the search for more than 30 young people as part of its continued investment in apprenticeships at the company’s three key UK manufacturing sites in 2016. Apprentices will be based across the three sites at MINI Plant Oxford, the birthplace and heart of MINI production; at the Hams Hall Plant near Birmingham, which manufactures highly-efficient engines for BMW and MINI vehicles; and the Swindon Plant, which produces pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI.
A rigorous selection process is designed to attract the best candidates who will work directly alongside skilled and experienced employees at BMW Group in a wide-range of roles, including human resources, finance, logistics, engineering, maintenance and IT. New recruits will join 224 apprentices already working across all the company’s UK operations. Training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some young people will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career depending on their performance.
Jason Gaskell, Manager of Apprentice Training Programmes at BMW Group UK, said: “At BMW we believe and invest in apprenticeships, they are the major pipeline through which we supply future talent to our business. An apprenticeship is a fantastic way to begin building your career, not least of which is the fact that you learn while you earn. We’re looking for motivated, enthusiastic and passionate people and we are really keen to see applications from young women who currently are under-represented in the UK’s engineering and manufacturing industries."
Helen Evans, 22 from Headington, who is working as engineering apprentice at MINI Plant Oxford, said: “After completing a degree in political science and international relations I came to the conclusion that what I really wanted to be was an engineer. I decided to apply for an apprenticeship as I realised that it is the best way to get a really good foundation for my future career in BMW.”
Apprenticeships last between three and four years and cover a wide range of areas to help equip young people with the skills to enable successful careers in the automotive sector. Technical apprentices who undertake placements at Oxford, will attend MINI Plant Oxford’s bespoke training school, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated computer study areas and a fully-equipped workshop.
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