Apprentice at BMW Group

Start Date:
2016
Location:
London Central London & City
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
Salary:
£18,700 annually
Review Date:
June 2018

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Review Score

8.2/10

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

9/10

As a finance apprentice, i spend four days a week at work and one day a week at Oxford Brookes University studing towards a degree in Business Management and Communications. In the first 2 years of my apprenticeship,I am/will be undertaking different placements around the Businesses as to experience all of the different aspects and environments that make Plant Oxford. So far, around nine months into the apprenticeship programme, i have been on placements in Finance Controlling, Training (HR), On the Assembely Line for five weeks, in the offices that control, plan and monitor Assembely, the associate training department for assembely, and Purchasing.

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

9/10

I have certainly learnt a great deal about the business and about how Businesses orperate in general through this apprenticehip.I feel that i have developed my communication and networking skills which are essential if you are to get the most out of the placements you are on. When in different placements, you learn a variety of new skills specific to that placement. For examples, negotiation skills are needed in purchasing when contacting suppliers, and skills with your hands are needed for when you are on the production line. So yes, i believe i have learnt new skills and developed current ones through this apprenticeship.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

9/10

I really enjoy the apprenticeship. The combination of studying at university whislt working is great - Don't be put off by how much work it sounds like it will be. Placement Managers understand the amount of work you will have and if you need to do Univeristy work whilst in a placement, they can be very flexible if the work you are doing for thier department is not urgent. It is a great feeling to know that you are pushing yourself to the limit and doing things that other people would consider as being too much work or too difficult to do.

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4. How valued do you feel by BMW Group?

10/10

At the BMW group i feel very valued yes. I belive that BMW are investing into me and that they believe that i am part of the company's future. The pay I recive for this apprenticeship is fantastic when you consider the other costs that BMW also cover such as the univeristy costs. Not only this, there is a great car scheme on offer too, which enables young people to have a great car as the insurance is covered within the monthly fee.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

The apprenticeship is very organised and every business apprentice has a detailed plan in place for thier relative placements. However, this plan can often get forgotten or changed. I think the business takes care of us very well as mentioned in the above question. The BMW group are investing into me and that they believe that I am part of the company's future. The pay I recive for this apprenticeship is fantastic when you consider the other costs that BMW also cover such as the univeristy costs.

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

8/10

I feel very supported by the University. I study at Abingdon and Witney college, who are partners with Oxford Brookes University (It is an Oxford Brookes University Degree, not and Abingdon and Witney one.. it will only say 'Oxford Brookes' on the certificate). Currently, there are only a few people in my university class, meaning that you recieve the same level of attention and support that you would if you did A-levels or a college course where there was a small class size. However, sometimes when you email the lecturers, they can take a while to get back to you (1 week or so) over holiday periods. This, ofcourse, is usuall expected as people go away on holiday... however, they specifically said 'Contact me over the holidays if you need me, i will reply to you'.

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

7/10

As a Business Apprentice, we don't really need any support from BMW. The only time we need support/help is if we need time to write an essay at work, which is usually allowed if the work you are doing for that department is not urgent. I feel as though if we need any support then it is given to us but apart from this we aren't really asked if we're doing ok etc. which is nice to be independent but sometimes it feels as though we have just been left on our own accord really.

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

9/10

The pay for this apprenticeship is very good. I travel around 60 miles to get to Oxford (120 miles a day). This means that i currently spend around £200 on Petrol, £200 on my Car (not a scheme car by the way), around £100 to my pension scheme, and i have a Girlfriend (so fancy dinners, Holidays, Presents, etc!!), and i am able to save a great deal at the end of the month if i don't buy anything expensive. I've heard that if you are planning on renting in Oxford on this appreticeship, it can be quite tough for the first 6 months, but after this period most people recieve a pay rise, and living becomes less financially constrained.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

5/10

There aren't many opportunities outside of work to get involved in. For the opportunities that do arise, the participating apprentices are chosen, and it doesn't seem to be a random choise (The same people tend to get picked). Personally, i don't mind this because i am not too bothered about attending most of the events, however for people that would like to be involved, this could be very de-moralising.

9. Would you recommend BMW Group to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

BMW offers a fantastic opportunity for you to study/learn whilst earning a decent wage, gives you a fantasic name to add to your CV, you are able to drive a fantastic car which most people 17-25 would never be able to afford normally, and there is a real opportunity to develop a successful career within the company. I think that anyone of a younger age and who has just left school and unsure of what to do should look into apprenticeships definitely.

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

Research the company, relax whilst taking any online tests (if applicable), relax when in the interview.. the interviewer is human too and are often very down to earth people, and give it your best shot - If you don't get the job, pick yourself up and try again next year and ensure you learn from any feedback or mistakes you may make. Overall just try enjoy it as much as you can and don't be disheartened if you don't get int on your first attempt. Good luck.

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