Following a ramp up in production, BMW has announced another 11 apprenticeship places at its Mini pressings plant in Swindon .
According to a report by This is Wiltshire, the traineeships are part of about 200 nationally being offered by the German car giant at factories and dealerships. Three UK Mini production sites will offer 70 of the positions — double the intake of last year — as they prepare for the next generation of the classic cars.
The Oxford plant is adding 35 places and another 24 will be opened up at the Hams Hall engine factory, near Birmingham. The Swindon plant, in Bridge End Road, employs 1,200 people, including four apprentices.
Traineeships last between three and four years and cover a wide range of skills from human resources and business to electrical maintenance and engineering. The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress to degree level in the course of their career at Mini.
The new-look Mini will be built at the company’s Cowley factory as part of a £500m investment in production facilities.