MINI – Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

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  • Employer BMW Group
  • Job type Degree Apprenticeships
  • Salary A competitive salary enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £13,000 per annum rising to over £25,000 over the programme
  • Deadline 13/03/2019

  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Swindon
  • Qualifications gained Degree
  • Date published 24/01/2019

About Us


BMW Group is a global organisation, designing and manufacturing motor vehicles of the highest quality, including the highly acclaimed MINI produced at Plant Oxford. One of the most important factors in keeping BMW and MINI at the forefront of the automotive industry is its customer satisfaction. This is where you could play a part. The start of customer satisfaction is to recruit the right people and offer them outstanding training with appropriate qualifications, together with continual personal development

We are currently seeking Apprentices to join us in August 2019. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with one of the world's most prestigious and technologically advanced car manufacturers and a major international company that is proud of its investment in people.


Job Overview


BMW Group Plant Swindon supplies the majority of the pressed panels that are then joined together to produce the familiar MINI 'shell'. The completed body is then passed to the Paint Shop in the next process step. Working in one of the largest functions within our business you’ll have a key role in delivering our current product range of vehicles to the highest standards to meet our customers’ expectations. 

Our vehicles are packed with the latest technology. That's largely down to our teams of Engineering Technicians who develop, create and quality check our products and systems. Whilst training onsite, you will rotate around the business giving you the opportunity to work with teams in all areas of automotive manufacturing.


If you want to work in a fast-paced and exciting environment, this is the apprenticeship for you!

Apprenticeship Programme and Career Development


Training during your apprenticeship includes the study of state of the art automotive production technology as well as the latest innovations in manufacturing techniques, which are constantly developing in line with new emerging technologies. Advanced Manufacturing Engineering is a complex blend of skills and knowledge that are essential to ensuring every BMW product is manufactured to the exact tolerances and to the highest quality to meet our customer expectations. All of our apprenticeships are developed and supported to give you the skills to produce high quality vehicles and drive forward the business.


You will need to possess the physical dexterity to carry out precise work with small components and the mental ability to handle complex data calculations of all types, rapidly and with accuracy. When it comes to selecting the right people to become apprentices, it’s as much about attitude and behaviours as it is about technical skills. That is why in addition to the qualifications we require from you, we’ll also look for you to have a range of skills, attributes and behaviours. These include: teamworking, as well as being able to work without close supervision; quality focus and problem solving; excellent communication skills; enthusiasm and initiative; and responsibility and accountability for your work.

Apprenticeship Programme and Career Development

BMW offers an enhanced level 6 degree apprenticeship in comparison to others in the industry. The four year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of engineering and production technology including: robotics, controls systems, machining, fluid power, electronics, systems control and many more. 

The first year of the program is purely in a learning environment where in addition to starting the academic requirements of your program, you will undertake a practical based engineering program which covers core engineering skills such as milling and turning, hand skills, electrical and electronic circuits and control and fluid power, PLC’s etc.

Following this you will undertake competency based training while working on site and start your degree program with a foundation degree and finishing a full degree by the end of the apprenticeship, which is fully funded by the company.

Our vehicles are packed with the latest technology. That's largely down to the Engineering Technicians who develop, create and quality check our products and systems. Whilst training onsite, you complete a broad spectrum of placements in all areas of automotive manufacturing such as: 

• Complete vehicle analysis. 
• Supplier liaison/problem solving. 
• Vehicle validation. 
• Prototype vehicle testing. 
• Manufacturing process and facility planning (Both electrical and mechanical). 
• Software integration (Both vehicle and computer systems). 
• Metrology - computer aided measurement and analysis (Including complete vehicle scanning). 
• Supporting the UK MINI Dealer network. 
• Vehicle Launch planning/control. 

The placements give you the chance to experience the business as a whole whilst carrying out business relevant projects alongside your study. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of working for a world-class global automotive manufacturer, networking with people of different nationalities, and to put theory directly into practice. 

BMW Group is associated with developing exceptional levels of staff qualification, beginning with vocational courses and continuing with selective training throughout your career. 

A BMW Apprenticeship offers multiple career choices and enables you to make the most of your abilities. 

Qualifications Required 

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade 6/B (or above) including Maths and English.

2 A Levels (or equivalent) at grade C (or above) or a BTEC level 3 (60 credits plus) or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Technology discipline. 
Additional Information: 

Career Opportunities

Your career with BMW Group will be designed to meet individual aspirations and the business needs of an internationally recognised company. You start on a business awareness programme followed by career focused training in the relevant departments. Opportunities for Higher Education are available, depending on pre-qualifications, personal performance, attitude and business needs.


Rewards and Benefits

A competitive salary enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £13,000 per annum rising to over £25,000 over the programme. 

Company car scheme eligibility to those 18 years and over, plus other benefits including -pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and a subsidised on-site restaurant.

Working Hours 

36 hour working week, start and finish times will vary according to work based placements and college hours. 

Closing date for applications – Wednesday 13th March 2019

Please note: As part of your application you will be asked to upload specific documents. If you do not attach these your application will not be progressed. 
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Qualifications and experience

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your most recent school report and a CV. If you don’t have a school report then please upload a CV and an employer reference. If you don’t have an employer reference then please upload a CV and a personal statement. If you are currently studying you must upload a school/college report. Failure to attach the above will mean we will be unable to progress with your application.

• A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade 6/B (or above) including Maths and English.*
• 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at grade C (or above) or a BTEC level 3 (60 credits plus) or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Technology discipline.


*If you have already taken your GCSE's and have not met the required level 6 grade for Maths and English but are currently predicted/attained a C grade (or above) in A-level (or equivalent) Maths or English then you are still eligible to apply. 
 

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