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BMW Group seeks 200 new apprentices


BMW and MINI UK are looking for 200 apprentices to join its production and retail networks, this year.

47 places are available at MINI’s Oxford and Swindon plants in areas ranging from finance and logistics to engineering and IT. Apprentices will receive training which will lead to an NVQ level three with the opportunity to progress to degree level.

Managing director, MINI Plant Oxford and Swindon, Frank Bachmann, 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.”

MINI and BMW retailers are looking for 150 apprentices in various disciplines such as service technician, parts advisor, motorcycle technician and body panel/paint. They will complete a three-year Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3, the Parts Advisor programme is two years and individuals receive VRQ/VCQ qualifications from the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Chief executive officer of BMW Group UK Graeme Grieve said: "Bringing new talent into our retailers is vital to ensure we provide the best possible service for our customers and I am delighted that we will welcome 150 new apprentices to our award-winning scheme in the UK.”       

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships make total business sense while giving people the chance of a high-quality and respected route into employment. 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.”

Young people can apply through Facebook here.

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