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BMW CENTRE APPRENTICESHIPS.

BMW and MINI occupies an enviable position in an ever changing automotive world. Our products are recognised worldwide for their quality, technology and performance, and we have a Retailer network reflecting these qualities. 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.

BMW Apprenticeship Scheme.

BMW Apprenticeship Recruitment
BMW Apprenticeship Recruitment
The BMW Retailer Network offers an exciting range of career opportunities for exceptional young people via the BMW Apprenticeship Programmes, which have recently attained the highest grade of 'Outstanding' from Ofsted.
The Apprenticeship Programmes themselves are unique to BMW with particular emphasis on the latest technology. Training takes place predominantly at your BMW Centre, with specialised training at one of our outstanding training centres (depending on the programme).
Experienced trainers deliver the material and practical assignments necessary to help you achieve your qualification. We also have a team of representatives from the BMW Group who follow your progress by making regular visits to see you at your place of work, ensuring all your training needs are met.
If you are interested in applying for a BMW Apprenticeship you will need a good educational background and already have, or expect to receive, four GCSE's (or equivalent) including English, Maths and a Science based subject*.
If successful, you will be based at a BMW Centre - a completely independent business, but as part of BMW (UK) Limited's Retailer network, operating in line with BMW's high standards in all that they do.
Every new apprentice will attend an induction programme at the Plas Menai National Watersports Centre in Wales. Time spent here helps apprentices make friends, appreciate others' strengths and weaknesses, and understand the value of teamwork and skill-sharing - key skills that they can carry forward to the BMW Academy and day-to-day life in the BMW Centre. Of course, it's also about having fun, so the students can take part in the myriad of activities on and off the water, including sailing, gorge walking, powerboating, canoe and kayaking, rope walking and climbing all under the trained eye of expert instructors.
*Varies depending on the apprenticeship you choose to apply for.

Recruitment Process

 

Light Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship.

Unlike the majority of motor manufacturers, all BMW Service Apprentices attend the BMW Group Academy UK in Berkshire for their off-the-job training. This ensures consistent training throughout the UK and allows our apprentices to train on up-to-the-minute products and technology. The training takes place over a 3 year period and takes the form of classroom and workshop sessions.
The course is unique to BMW with special emphasis on electronics and cutting edge technology; your training will include the opportunity to work on the latest cars, engines and BMW diagnostic equipment, ultimately leading to the ability to undertake maintenance, service and repair activities on vehicles to the highest standards once fully qualified.
On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, the qualifications attained will be:
  • IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
  • IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ)
  • IMIAL Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
  • IMIAL Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ)
  • IMIAL Level 3 Award in Automotive Refrigeration Handling
  • IMIAL Level 2 Award in Electric / Hybrid Vehicles
  • IMIAL ATA Light Vehicle - Service Maintenance Technician Accreditation
  • Functional Skills or Core Skills

During the time spent at your BMW Centre, a mentor will be allocated to oversee the work-based learning programme. A BMW representative will also visit on a 12 weekly basis to set performance targets and ensure any development needs are being met.

Application Criteria

 

Aftersales Customer Service Apprenticeship.

There are very few Customer Service Apprenticeships in the motor industry and the BMW programme is regarded as being the leader in delivering the ultimate customer experience. This apprenticeship will have a strong focus on the Retail environment and the high customer service expectations of our customers. 
The qualification framework has been designed to suit both Parts and Service Advisor roles. Candidates will follow a nationally recognised diploma in customer service, achieving a level two and three qualification. The programme will include elements of the BMW certification courses for both Service and Parts advisors. The training takes the form of classroom sessions delivered at the BMW Group Academy UK in Berkshire, and apprentices will receive the added benefit of Functional Skills support during their programme if required.
On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, the qualifications attained will be:
  • IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service
  • IMIAL Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service

During the time spent at your BMW Centre, a mentor will be allocated to oversee the work-based learning programme. A BMW representative will also visit on a 12 weekly basis to set performance targets and ensure any development needs are being met.
Following on from the Aftersales Customer Service apprenticeship, you will be able to further progress in a specialised route to either a Parts or Service certification.

Application Criteria

 

Bodyshop Apprenticeship.

The Bodyshop Apprenticeship Programme provides training for Paint and Panel Apprentices. The training takes place at a centralised body training facility in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire and is undertaken over a period of 3 years. This centre is equipped with BMW Cars and BMW Colour Systems to ensure that apprentices are trained to the highest standards.
Paint Technician
Paint includes the preparation and application of foundation materials and topcoat, an awareness of different paint systems, paint equipment, special effect paints, quality vehicle checks and Vehicle Damage Assessments.
Panel Technician
Panel includes the removal, repair and refitting of panels and components, welding techniques, panel beating, dent removal and Vehicle Damage Assessments.
On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, the qualifications attained will be:
  • Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair (Body or Paint) Principles (VRQ)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair (Body or Paint) Competence (VCQ)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair (Body or Paint) Principles (VRQ)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair (Body or Paint) Competence (VCQ)
  • BS4872 Certification in Welding
  • BS1140 Certification in Spot Welding
  • Functional Skills or Core Skills

During the time spent at your BMW Centre, a mentor will be allocated to oversee the work-based learning programme. A BMW representative will also visit on a 12 weekly basis to set performance targets and ensure any development needs are being met.

Application Criteria

 

Motorcycle Apprenticeship.

Unlike the majority of motor manufacturers, all BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Apprentices attend the BMW Group Academy UK in Berkshire for their off-the-job training. This ensures consistent training throughout the UK and allows our apprentices to train on up-to-the-minute products and technology. The training takes place over a 3 year period and takes the form of classroom and workshop sessions.
The course is unique to BMW with special emphasis on electronics and cutting edge technology; your training will include the opportunity to work with the latest motorcycles, engines and BMW diagnostic equipment, ultimately leading to the ability to undertake maintenance, service and repair activities on motorcycles to the highest standards once fully qualified.
On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, the qualifications attained will be:
  • IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
  • IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ)
  • IMIAL Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
  • IMIAL Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ)
  • Functional Skills or Core Skills

During the time spent at your BMW Centre, a mentor will be allocated to oversee the work-based learning programme. A BMW representative will also visit on a 12 weekly basis to set performance targets and ensure any development needs are being met.

Application Criteria

 

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Applying for an Apprenticeship.

The application form will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and you will be required to provide the following information:
  • National Insurance Number
  • Details of any special requirements
  • Any driving licence endorsements
  • Details of qualifications and employment history

Recruitment Process
On receipt of your application, we will check that you meet the initial criteria.
If you meet our initial requirements, and when a vacancy arises within your local area, your application details will be matched to the recruiting BMW Centre. The recruitment process will then follow these stages*:
  • Invitation to complete aptitude tests
  • Interview and validation of aptitude tests
  • Work experience
  • Job offer

*Each stage is subject to successful completion of the previous stage.
To apply online for a BMW Apprenticeship click the link below. 

To contact the Apprenticeship Programme please call 0845 234 0000.

 
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