BMW Group

Level 6 Manufacturing 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.
Your Training


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 will rotate around the business with placements in all areas of automotive manufacturing including: Series Planning, Process Planning, Quality Control and Production Planning.


Training includes the study of state-of-the–art engineering and production techniques which are constantly developing in line with new technologies. 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. In addition to your technical skills, the ability to work in a team and communicate effectively to and with others is essential.


You will need to be enthusiastic and well-disciplined as our apprenticeship is heavily focused on attitude and behaviour. In addition, you need to exhibit initiative, be reliable and conscientious. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to think logically and to work both independently and as part of a team.
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 offers an enhanced level 6 degree 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, 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 exclusively in a learning environment 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 programmme 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 focusing on developing, creating and quality checking our products and systems. Whilst training onsite, you will rotate around the business with placements in all areas of automotive manufacturing and may also involve placements at other BMW UK sites. 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 work for a world-class global automotive manufacturer, networking with people of different nationalities and having the opportunity to put theory directly into practice.


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.


Whilst developing specialist, on-the-job knowledge, the apprentice will also undertake fully funded study toward the attainment of a BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering.


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 the week commencing the 24th of April.

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