Hundreds of pupils ‘See Inside’ MINI Plant Oxford

14 October 2011 #SMMT News

Secondary schools across Oxfordshire are being invited to bring pupils along to see inside MINI Plant Oxford.

Hundreds of teenagers will have the chance to take a tour of the plant, meet apprentices and have a go at an interactive manufacturing challenge.

Plant Oxford is taking part once again in the See Inside Manufacturing initiative aimed at showcasing career opportunities within the UK automotive sector.

Earlier this year, Business Secretary Vince Cable joined a group of careers advisers to see what the plant had to offer.

“These schools visits are part of our on-going co-operation with the local community,” said Dr Jürgen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford. “We already offer plant tours to secondary schools and always find that pupils are inspired and excited by a look at the production facilities and how MINIs are made.”

“We hope to welcome more than 200 hundred young people through the plant during See Inside Manufacturing and that many of our visitors will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here.”

Youngsters will be shown the plant’s bodyshop and assembly facilities as well as the plant’s Quality and Engineering Centre. Some of the plant’s current apprentices will also be on hand to talk about their experiences and why they chose to join the company’s scheme.

The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level.

There are currently 100 apprentices across the company’s production plants at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in Goodwood.

See Inside manufacturing events at MINI Plant Oxford will run between 10 and 21 October. Sessions will last around three hours and are open to school and sixth-form college pupils aged 14 or above. To find out more, please contact

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