Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship at BMW Group

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At the BMW Group we make exceptional cars and motorcycles, such as the i8 which are redefining our industry. We have outstanding factories containing the very latest production technology. Our world-wide sales have more than doubled in the last fifteen years. In a world of financial instability we are sustainably profitable.

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

BMW Group is a global organisation, designing and manufacturing motor vehicles of the highest quality, including the highly acclaimed MINI, produced at Plant Oxford. As a major international company, we are proud of our investment in people and we offer a number of Apprenticeship opportunities each year. During your time with us; you will get to understand a great deal about people, technology, processes and corporate culture.

The UK Production Network consists of MINI Plant Oxford, MINI Plant Swindon and BMW Plant Hams Hall. Plant Oxford is one of the most modern and technically advanced car plants in the world and is the heart of MINI – while Plant Swindon is where MINI panels are pressed. BMW Plant Hams Hall manufactures small fuel efficient, low emission engines for BMW and MINI vehicles. The Technical Laboratory is a worldwide network, supporting every production site within the BMW Group. The Technical Laboratory team in Oxford provides expertise in all forms of material testing and analysis to ensure the quality of our products continually improves. This includes:

  • Testing new parts to ensure they perform correctly under all conditions
  • Analysing failed parts to understand root causes and recommend solutions
  • Microscopic analysis of materials to understand material properties
  • Chemical analysis of materials to confirm their composition
  • Analysing paint, sealers, adhesives and waxes to ensure they meet quality requirements

The Technical Laboratory in Oxford is fully equipped with state of the art equipment and provides an opportunity to apply science in a ‘hands on’ way to improve the quality of our products and processes.

You will need to be enthusiastic and well-disciplined as our apprenticeship is heavily focused on attitude and behaviour. In addition, you need to exhibit initiative, be reliable and conscientious. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to think logically and to work both independently and as part of a team.

If you have a passion for science, a love of cars and a thirst for knowledge then this is the apprenticeship for you!

  • Completion of the Apprentice programme including the opportunity to gain a related degree.
  • A fun and engaging way of learning a wide range of scientific skills and techniques.
  • Theoretical and practical work to support learning.
  • Training and education to degree level.
  • During the 4 years, opportunity to spend time in other UK Technical Laboratories in Swindon, Hams Hall and Goodwood.

Qualifications and Skills:

We require a minimum of 5 GCSE’S (or equivalent) - 2 of which should be at grade C or above. You should also have English, Maths and Science at Grade B or Grade 6 (in the new GCSE Grading Structure) or above.

We also expect a minimum of 2 AS-levels (or equivalent) at Grade C or above with at least 1 AS level that is Science based.

Career Opportunities:

Your career with BMW Group will be designed to meet individual aspirations and the business needs of an internationally recognised company. You start on a business awareness programme followed by career objective training in the relevant departments.

A bespoke technical role within the highly skilled and elite laboratory team.

Rate of Pay:

A competitive salary enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £12,500 per annum rising to over £24,000 over the programme.

Immediate eligibility for company car scheme, plus other benefits.

Working Hours:

37 hour working week, start and finish times will vary according to work based placements and college hours.

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