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BMW – Control Technician Apprenticeship

BMW Group
BMW Group
  • Salary: A competitive salary enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £13,000 per annum rising to over £25,000 over the programme
  • Deadline: CLOSED
  • Length of Programme: 4 Years
  • Entry Requirements: A Levels, -
  • Qualification Gained: Degree
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    • Hams Hall

About Us

One of the most important factors in keeping BMW Group at the forefront of the automotive industry is its customer satisfaction. This is where you could play a part. The start of customer satisfaction is to recruit the right people and offer them outstanding training with appropriate qualifications, together with continual personal development.

We are currently seeking Apprentices to join us in August 2019. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with one of the world's most prestigious, innovative and technologically advanced car manufacturers and a major international company that is proud of its investment in people.

Job Overview 

BMW Hams Hall is a modern, high volume and complex automotive engine manufacturing site consisting of an engine component machining hall and an engine assembly hall providing engines for the BMW network.

The training given during your apprenticeship covers the study of state of the art automotive production technology, as well as the latest innovations in manufacturing techniques which are constantly developing in line with new emerging technologies, including: Electrical Control, PLC systems & Robots automation, Integrated Process Planning, IT & Data base system, Quality Control and Production Validation. 

You will need to possess the physical dexterity to carry out precise work with small components and the mental ability to handle complex data calculations of all types, rapidly and with accuracy. 

When it comes to selecting the right people to become apprentices, it’s as much about attitude and behaviours as it is about vocational and academic success. That’s why in addition to the qualifications we require from you, we’ll also look for you to have a range of skills, attributes and behaviours. These include: teamworking, as well as the ability to work without close supervision; quality focus; good communication skills; showing enthusiasm and initiative; and responsibility and accountability for your work

This training takes place at Plant Hams Hall and a local college

Apprenticeship Programme & Career Development

BMW offers an enhanced level 6 degree apprenticeship in comparison to others in the industry. The four year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of engineering and production technology including: robotics, controls systems, machine ng, fluid power, electronics, systems control and many more. 

The first year of the program is purely in a learning environment where in addition to starting the academic requirements of your program in engineering mechatronic based BTEC NC, you will undertake a practical based engineering program which covers core engineering skills such as milling and turning, hand skills, electrical and electronic circuits and control and fluid power, PLC’s etc.

Following this you will undertake competency based training while working on site and start your degree program with the foundation degree in year one and finishing a full degree by the end of the apprenticeship.

Engineering technicians will complete a broad spectrum of placements throughout the business in the UK.

Placements cover many aspects of the business such as: 
• Complete manufacturing analysis. 
• Supplier liaison/problem solving. 
• Siemens PLC with automation 
• Robotic facilities. 
• Manufacturing process and facility planning (Both electrical and mechanical). 
• Software integration. 
• Metrology - computer aided measurement and analysis of manufacturing facilities. 
• Supply and vehicle build planning (Logistics). 
• Launch planning/control manufacturing system interfaces. 

The placements give you the chance to experience the business as a whole whilst carrying out business relevant projects alongside your study. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of working for a world-class global automotive manufacturer, networking with people of different nationalities and to put theory directly into practice. 

As well as developing your specialist technical knowledge you will be expected to successfully complete an honours degree in engineering which is fully funded by the company. 

Application Criteria:


BMW Group is associated with developing exceptional levels of staff qualification, beginning with vocational courses and continuing with selective training throughout your career. 

A BMW Apprenticeship offers multiple career choices and enables you to make the most of your abilities. 

Qualifications Required:

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at level 6/B (or above) including Maths and English.

A minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at grade C (or above) or a BTEC level 3 (60 credits plus) or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Technology discipline. 

Additional Information: 

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 focused training in the relevant departments. Opportunities for higher Education are available, depending on pre-qualifications, personal performance, attitude and business needs. 

Rate of Pay

A competitive salary enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £13,000 per annum rising to over £25,000 over the programme. 

Company car scheme eligibility to those 18 years and over, plus other benefits including an on-site gym, pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and a subsidised on-site restaurant.

Working Hours: 

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

Additional Information:

Closing date for applications - Wednesday 13th March 2019.


Please be aware that we complete rolling recruitment. As such, those candidates that have made an early application and have successfully moved through the recruitment process will be invited to the first assessment centre on Thursday 21st March 2019.

Please note: As part of your application you will be asked to upload specific documents. If you do not attach these your application will not be progressed.



Qualifications and experience


As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your most recent school report* and a CV. If you don’t have a school report then please upload a CV and an employer reference. If you don’t have an employer reference then please upload a CV and a personal statement. 

*If you are currently studying you must upload a school/college report. Failure to attach the above will mean we will be unable to progress with your application.

• A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at a higher grade 6/B (or above), including Maths and English.

• A minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at grade C (or above) or a BTEC level 3 (60 credits plus) or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Technology discipline. 

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