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BMW launches recruitment drive for dealership apprentices

BMW Group is looking to recruit 110 apprentices through across its BMW and Mini dealerships this year.

The brand is looking to take on apprentices in various disciplines ranging from service technician, parts advisor, motorcycle technician and body panel/paint.

All BMW and Mini dealer apprentices complete the three-year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship at Level 3, the Parts Advisor programme is two years, and receive VRQ/VCQ qualifications from the IMI.

Training is carried out at the BMW Group Academy UK, a purpose-built training centre opened in 2006 and located near Reading, the bodyshop programmes are carried out at BMW’s training facility in Milton Keynes.

In general the minimum entry criteria require between three and four GSCEs at grade C or above or equivalent.

Tim Abbott, managing director of BMW Group UK, said: "Bringing new talent into our dealerships is vital to ensure we provide the best possible service for our customers and so I am delighted that we will welcome over 100 new apprentices to our award- winning scheme in the UK."

Matthew Hancock, Skills and Enterprise Minister said: “It is always encouraging to see large employers, such as BMW, committing to employing more apprentices.

“This scheme is a great opportunity for a young person with an interest in the automotive sector to begin a rewarding career. I want choosing university or an apprenticeship to be the new norm for young people and the range of positions available demonstrate this is becoming a reality.”

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