BMW group01 Feb 2018

Young people who are keen to kick-start a career in the automotive industry in the areas of engineering, maintenance, logistics, IT and business are encouraged to apply for the BMW apprenticeship scheme. Sixty places are available to start in 2018 at the company’s BMW UK manufacturing sites in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall.

MINI Plant Oxford is the heart and home of MINI production, Plant Swindon produces pressings and sub-assemblies for both MINI and BMW, and Plant Hams Hall manufactures highly efficient engines for MINI and BMW vehicles.

Joshua Odwin, 19, from Headington in Oxford, is in his third year of a technical engineering apprenticeship at MINI Plant Oxford. “I would thoroughly recommend the apprenticeship to anyone with an interest in the automotive industry,” said Joshua. “I’ve learnt so much in a short space of time and the variety of things I’ve been able to do has been amazing. The chance to work with people with decades of experience is also a huge bonus and a fantastic opportunity for any young engineer starting out in their career.”

Joshua is also completing his second year of a mechanical engineering foundation degree at Oxford Brookes University

Apprenticeships last between three and four years and cover a wide range of areas to help equip young people with the skills needed for a successful career in the automotive sector. Depending on the programme, the training leads to a Level Three Competency Qualification, while some will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career.

“An apprenticeship at BMW is a fantastic way to earn while you learn and to lay the foundations for a successful career," said Simon Farrall, Head of Apprentice and Associate Training for BMW Group UK. "Some of our most senior and experienced people started out their careers as apprentices. So, if you’re motivated, passionate and like to rise to a challenge, then a place on our apprenticeship scheme could be the start of a very exciting journey for you.”

The new recruits will join more than 150 apprentices already working across the three sites. Applicants will require a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 5 (old Grade C) or above, including Maths and English. For engineering, business and IT degree apprenticeships applicants will also need two A-Levels at Grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 3 (Engineering) or equivalent.

Entries are open until 14 March 2018 and the apprenticeships will begin in August 2018. To find out more about the scheme and for full entry requirements please visit

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