Secondary school students ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ at BMW Group facilities

03 December 2012 #SMMT News

Hundreds of secondary school students had the chance to ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ this week at BMW’s engine plant at Hams Hall and MINI’s manufacturing sites in Oxford and Swindon, experiencing the UK automotive industry first-hand.

At BMW’s Hams Hall facility, more than 220 students benefitted from a plant tour, witnessing how engines are built, and were given the opportunity to meet current apprentices to discuss the variety of training opportunities available.

At the same time, students from across Oxfordshire, Swindon and Wiltshire visited MINI Plant Oxford and MINI Plant Swindon, getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at automotive manufacturing and MINI Oxford’s new training facility that opened in November.

Nick Spencer, Plant Director at BMW Plant Hams Hall said, “The training and development of young people is a vital aspect of our role and responsibility as an employer.

“We hope that by giving young people insight into the interesting and rewarding career opportunities at Plant Hams Hall, many will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here next year.”

Frank Bachmann, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford said, “The opening of the new training school is a clear indication of how important skills are to us.

“Apprenticeships are highly valued by the plant for the unique blend of knowledge, skills and practical experience they offer. We hope that by giving young people an insight into Plant Oxford, many will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here.”

The ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme is part of a government-industry initiative launched in 2011, aimed at showcasing career opportunities in the UK’s dynamic manufacturing sector. Click through to find out more about ‘See Inside Manufacturing’.

Young people can find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at BMW Group facilities through a new Facebook page:

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