BMW Group

Level 3 Toolmaker Apprentice

Job Description

"MINI Plant Swindon is an integral part of the BMW Group’s production triangle. 90% of the body components for the MINI, including all the skin panels and closure assemblies, originate at BMW Group Plant Swindon.
We’re proud of our achievements, some of which include:
•Our production of 350 different types of pressed parts for the MINI body shell using 15 fully automated press lines.
•Our zero waste to landfill philosophy; none of the materials we use are sent to landfill.
•The opportunity to get involved with our continued support to our house charity with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year.

BMW Toolmaking teams are vitally important in supporting all Press Shop and related plant activities. They are responsible for the regular maintenance, repairs and modifications of all existing press tools. The required skills to build new press tools will also be taught as part of the apprenticeship. You will also learn state-of-the-art engineering and production techniques, so you need to understand the assembly and function of technical equipment. You will be trained in traditional skills to include hand fitting, milling, turning, grinding, drilling and welding. You will also receive training in CNC (computerised numerical control) machines and ensuring facility run-time is maximised using TPM and other known tools. You should also have good communication skills, the ability to think logically and to work independently or as part of a team.


Your Training
The training that you receive during your apprenticeship involves studying modern, state-of-the-art automotive production technology as well as the latest innovations in manufacturing techniques.


The BMW Group offer an enhanced level 3 apprenticeship commencing end of August 2023 with multiple vacancies available for this role. The four-year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of engineering and production technology, focusing on general maintenance of our state-of-the-art production facility and systems, including robotics, controls systems, machining, fluid power, electronics, welding, and many more.
Alongside the practical engineering skills that are gained, the program will also focus on your personal and professional development where you will have exposure to a number of business techniques such as Agile, Lean Manufacturing and Problem Solving.
Your Year-on-Year Progression


The first year of the program is purely in a learning environment at the Oxford apprentice training school where in addition to starting the academic requirements of your program you will undertake practical training to qualify you with Employers Units of Competence. Your training will cover a wide range of engineering disciplines such as milling and turning, hand skills, electrical and electronic circuits, control systems, fluid power, programmable logic controllers, welding and more.
In the second and third year you will continue with the academic requirements of the program alongside on-the-job training. Your on-the-job training will comprise of placements in a number of different areas of the business, with particular focus on the maintenance departments and may also involve placements at other BMW UK sites. If at the end of your second year you meet your targeted grades you will have the opportunity to continue your fully funded academic training beyond L3 onto an HNC in Engineering.


In your fourth year your on-the-job training will continue and will become more targeted to your final job role and where the job requires it you will start working a shift pattern to help better integrate you with your team.
In order to apply, simply create a GetMyFirstJob account and then complete the short eligibility questions. Make sure your GetMyFirstJob profile includes details of both your achieved and any predicted qualifications. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the GetMyFirstJob team will invite you through to the next stage of the process.
What do you need to do now?


The next stage of the process is a Strengths Video Interview. You can complete this at any time of day during your three-day invitation window and will be recorded answering a set of questions. There is a practice question at the start and you get multiple chances to record each question, plus the GetMyFirstJob team are on hand to support you and give you lots of top tips and advice! Following this, successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to a face-to-face Assessment Centre with BMW Group.


Assessment Centres for this role are provisioned to take place in week commencing 1st May 2023
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