BMW raises number of UK apprenticeships to around 200 this year

Article by Christian A., on February 7, 2012

BMW Group is increasing the number of apprenticeships in the United Kingdom available through its company and dealership schemes this year to around 200. The intake will double this year to 70 locations at MINI's three production sites all over the nation as the facilities prepare for the next model generation.

Additionally, MINI and BMW dealerships are seeking to recruit 130 young individuals across the country. MINI Plant Oxford has 35 positions available, with 24 at the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham and 11 at the Plant Swindon pressings facility.

The duration for apprenticeships will be between three and four years. The program encompasses a wide array of skills from business and human resources to engineering and electrical maintenance. It leads to an NVQ level three qualification. Some apprentices will have the chance to proceed to degree level in the course of their career at MINI. MINI and BMW dealerships in the country will be having about 130 apprentices this year.

The training is in various disciplines, including Parts Advisor Apprentice, Service Technician Apprentice, Body Refinish/Paint Apprentices and Motorcycle Technician Apprentice. 

All apprentices of BMW and MINI complete the two-year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship at Level 3. They also obtain VRQ/VCQ qualifications from the Institute of the Motor Industry. Training is done at the BMW Group Academy UK, a purpose-built training center located near Reading opened in 2006. The minimum entry criteria require three or four GSCEs at grade C or above (or equivalent).

BMW’s 3-Series Sedan holds the distinction of being the first in the compact sports sedan segment and as the best-selling premium vehicle in the world. It has come to symbolize the BMW’s dynamics, aesthetic appeal, and sporting capability over the years.

With its elegant and dynamic lines, the BMW 3-Series sedan’s sixth-generation highlights the sporting character of BMW’s mid-size model. Although the new 3-Series grew in all dimensions compared to earlier versions, it has retained the perfect balance of elegance and athleticism. And just like in previous generations, the new 3-Series’ dynamic proportions have been shaped by its sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, short front overhang, and set-back greenhouse that is typical of BMW.

The new 3-Series has a wedge-shaped silhouette and a wider track (which is 37 mm more at front and 47 mm at the rear) highlighting its sporting appearance. By clearly accentuating the sedan’s width, the expressive front end’s multi-faceted surfaces give the new 3-Series a much sportier face.

Additionally, the new 3-Series’ wide and squat interpretation of the slightly slanted BMW kidney grille showcases the stance of the new model. It has LED accent lights that are positioned like eyebrows on top of its twin headlights featuring corona rings (or xenon headlights, if specified). These accent lights also give the classic BMW’s focused look an added intensity. Meanwhile, the headlights extend up to the kidney grille’s frame, merging with the grille to form a single stylistic unit and adding emphasis to the sedan’s broad-set stance.

Moreover, the new BMW 3-Series model replaces its predecessor’s central air intake with two larger intakes that are placed below the headlights to the front end’s outer edges, therefore adding an extra depth to its sporty styling. There are also small vertical intakes on the far right and far left of the main ducts that help create an "Air Curtain." This new technology contributes to better air flow around the car’s front wheels, thus enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency and lessening fuel consumption at higher speeds.

Forming the most prominent aspect of the new BMW 3-Series’ front end design are its kidney grille’s closely spaced, squat openings and its eye-catching surrounds. The impressively precise lines of the car’s heavily contoured bonnet finish result to a lower-slung front end that give the sedan a clear sporting edge.

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