Prime Minister David Cameron joined 600 apprentices and employers from a wide range of UK businesses at MINI’s factory in Cowley to unveil an initiative to reform the way apprenticeships are structured, assessed and delivered in the UK. Companies, including BMW Group UK, have come together to work with the Government on the design of future apprenticeship programmes.
David Cameron said: ‘If you want an apprenticeship, we’re going to make sure you do the best apprenticeship in the world. The reforms we’re announcing today will put employers in the driving seat and ensure we deliver rigorous training that supports you and our economy for years to come.’
Frank Bachmann, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford, said: ‘As a major employer of apprentices, BMW Group is supporting this important skills initiative which is designed to develop the first apprenticeship standards across many industrial sectors including automotive. We’re delighted to host and help launch this new Government programme.’
In 2013, BMW has recruited over 150 young people with a passion for the motor industry to take up apprenticeships available through its company and dealership schemes. The new recruits have joined over 450 existing apprentices currently undergoing training across the company’s UK manufacturing operations and its BMW and MINI Dealer Network.