Young people with a passion for the automotive industry are being encouraged to apply for a place on BMW Group’s apprenticeship programme in the UK.

Applications are now open for more than 40 apprenticeships in 2017 at BMW’s three UK manufacturing sites in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall near Birmingham.

An intense selection process has been designed to attract the best candidates who will get the chance to work directly alongside skilled and experienced employees in a wide range of roles including engineering, maintenance, finance, IT, business and communications.

Places are available at MINI Plant Oxford, the heart and home of MINI production; Plant Swindon, which produces pressings and sub-assemblies for both BMW and MINI; and Plant Hams Hall which manufactures highly-efficient engines for MINI and BMW vehicles. The new recruits will join over 150 apprentices already working across these three sites.

The business recently celebrated a major manufacturing milestone in December 2016, when the three millionth MINI to be built in the UK rolled off the assembly line in Oxford. Today, around 1,000 MINIs are built each day and are exported from the UK to more than 110 markets across the world.

Jason Gaskell, Manager of Apprentice Training Programmes at BMW Group UK, said: “Apprenticeships give young people the chance to get their careers off to a flying start and are essential for us to develop the future talent needed for our business.

“We have three state-of-the-art manufacturing sites and there are some fantastic opportunities available. We want to attract the very best young and talented people to come and work for us. So, if you have a passion for working in this exciting industry, we want to hear from you.”

Depending on the programme, apprentice training leads to a Level Three Competency Qualification, while some young people will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career depending on their performance.