BMW is looking to recruit 47 new apprentices at its UK Mini plant near Oxford and a further 150 young people across the UK to work at its BMW and MINI retailers.
Mini Plant Oxford has 30 places available in a variety of areas ranging from finance and logistics to engineering and IT. Technical apprentices will attend Plant Oxford’s bespoke training school, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated computer study areas and a fully-equipped workshop.
There are also five apprenticeships available at the Swindon pressings plant and a further 12 at the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham.
Frank Bachmann, Managing Director, MINI Plant Oxford and Swindon, said: “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for the plants and it is vital that we attract the very best young talent to ensure the business has the right skills for the future. We are delighted to be able to offer young people the chance to join our apprenticeship scheme.”
The apprenticeships will 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 young people will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career at Mini.
“Apprenticeships make total business sense while giving people the chance of a high-quality and respected route in to employment,” said Skills Minister Nick Boles.
“That’s why it’s so encouraging to see firms like BMW leading the way in 2015 by committing to employ more apprentices. Through our reforms we have given employers like BMW the power to design top-quality apprenticeships that equip learners with the skills businesses need to grow and thrive.”