Woodshop Apprentice at BMW Group

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£11,500 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:


I am a woodshop apprentice. Over the 3 years i move around the different sub sections of the woodshop spending between 10-21 weeks in each area. This is to get a grip of and learn each process within the woodshop.

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


I have massively developed my hand skills, this is down to the college course i am doing which i attend 2 days a week and work towards achieving a level 3 in furniture making. Being as work has also given me new skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Overall i have enjoyed the apprentice programme, most of the sub-areas have been very beneficial and enjoyable being placed there. However a couple of areas have been less enjoyable but im sure it has benefitted me in the long run.

4. How valued do you feel by BMW Group?


I feel as an apprentice i am valued quite highly by the company and other employees. We sometimes have projects to do which arent envolved with production, and it is nice to show everyone what we can achieve when it is outside of production.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The apprenticeship is stuctured well, you are given a training matrix that you follow, which details which sub area you should be in and how long you should spend in the area. We have monthly 1 to 1 meetings to catch up on our progress as well as an apprentice monthly meeting to solve queries and assign up coming projects.

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


My training provider has been very good in offering support to complete NVQ work and keep me on track at college. The college apprentice coordinator also arranges monthly meetings with us to catch up on our progress and to resolve any issues that we have at work.

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


We have monthly 1 to 1 meetings to catch up on our progress as well as an apprentice monthly meeting to solve queries and assign up coming projects. The apprentice coordinator at work often emails us if there are any opportunities coming up that we can get involved in.

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


The salary is very good in retrospect to an average apprentice wage. The money is more than enough to cover both living, travel and social costs.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Rolls Royce often put on events that we are encouraged to attend or get envolved in. Rolls Royce employees also have a lot of benefits that they can take advantage of outside of work; discounts etc. They also have sports teams that we can be part of.

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


9b. Why? *

It is a very good company to work for and probably one of the best for on-the-job training with an impresive apprenticeship salary. You will learn a lot of skills on the way and it will stand you in good sted for a successful career in the future.

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

Take time on the application process ensuring that all your grammar and punctuation is correct. On the day of the interview make sure you are well presented and have done a small amount of back ground research about the company.

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