Apprentice Toolmaker at BMW Group

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£20,000 annually
Review Date:
March 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My average day starts at about 6.30 where i get ready and leave for work at around 6.50. i get to work for 7 and get changed to started the day at 7.15. i am cuurently on placemnet in the press shop orking on the tooling. thus i have my normal breaks for 20 minutes at 9, 12 and 3. this is inline with the skilled fitters on my section. it also allows me more time to work with them. i finsih at 3,45. during the work period we have jobs on our section to get on with and then when needed we can be called to a line to fix a tool.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Over the 2 and a half years working here i have gained an inaudible amount of knowledge both about the job and other aspects of a working life. i have recieved qualifictaions that can be hard to attain. i also have licenses for handling most types of static cranes and fork lift trucks

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


i love working where i do. not only are the people i work with understanding that im an appretice but they also understand that i need to learn. thus i can be some days given a normal task such as polishing and some days i may find myself working with skilled men on a job such as punch damage

4. How valued do you feel by BMW Group?


A BMW we are constantly reminded about how much we are appriciated. we are shown videos of the differenvce we make to a customers car. this is because we dont have any contact with the customer yetr what we work on directly impacts what they recieve as a customer

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My apprenticeship programme is very well structured. we start with doing 5 days a week at college in year 1. in year 2 we start working on plant where we also start our upk questions for our NVQ. by the third year we are working in the press shop. by this time we should have our questions finished and we should be working on getting our NVQ jobs completred. in the fourth year we are assigned back to the toolroom where we learn to use machines such as surface grinders. we may also learn to weld.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


the support given from our training provider is very good. we have an external college/univeristy come in and teach us what we need to know. the support they give us even after we have finsihed is very high. i would highly reccomend them to anyone

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


BMw like to support apprenticeships in many ways. whether it be by providing extra training or just leaving you with a key so you can continue working on NVQ after your shoft has finished. either way ~BMW are always willing to support there apprentices in any way possible

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


the salary at BMW is incredibly good. it is one of the best apprentice salarys in europe. as a starting apprentice you will earn around 12000 a year. which over 4 years will increase to become around 25000. ontop of this the shift pay is given aswell meaning you can end up with alot of money. overtime is also sometimes given,

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


there are an aray of different oppotunities in bmw. for example they offer work placements in differnet countries if you wished to move that far. they also hold different events. for example this year there is an open day in which you can bring your family to see your workplace

9a. Would you recommend BMW Group to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

As the apprenticeshop gives a real sense of achievement. knowing that every new min or BMW you pass has had a panel worked or fixed by you. it is an incredible feeling. the skills you gain from the appreticeshoip can also be taken elsewhere and used in similar industrys.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BMW Group? *

ALWAYS get your application in as soon as possible. and make sure your CV and covering latter are good. this is the basis to how you can get into your interview. when in the interview just be honest and stay calm. everyones nervous and the interviewers know this. they are incredibly nice people.

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