MINI is looking for around 160 young people to take up apprenticeships through its company and dealership schemes in 2014. The new recruits will join over 400 existing apprentices currently undergoing training across the company’s UK operations, with some able to rise beyond NVQ to degree qualifications.
In its MINI UK production network, the business is looking for 49 new apprentices to take up places in August as the plants ramp up production of the F56 MINI (below). In addition, dealerships are looking to recruit around 110 young people across the UK.
Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock, said: ‘It is always encouraging to see large employers, such as BMW, committing to employing more apprentices. This scheme is a great opportunity for a young person with an interest in the automotive sector to begin a rewarding career. I want choosing university or an apprenticeship to be the new norm for young people and the range of positions available demonstrate this is becoming a reality.’
MINI Plant Oxford at Cowley has 31 places available in a variety of areas ranging from finance and logistics to engineering and IT. Technical apprentices will attend Plant Oxford’s new bespoke training school, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated computer study areas and a fully-equipped workshop.
With 10 apprenticeships available at the Swindon pressings plant and a further eight at Hams Hall, apprenticeships last between three and four years and cover a wide range of skills from human resources and business to electrical maintenance and engineering. The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some young people will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career at MINI.