Maintenance Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

BMW Group Academy (Employer)

Birmingham Metropolitan College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £14,333.00 to £27,000.00
37.0 hours per week Start and finish times will vary according to work based placements and college hours. Shifts to be confirmed.
4 years (duration)
20 April 2022(start date)
Engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
4 positions available
20 February 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

The technical and maintenance teams you will be working with at Plant Oxford are responsible for the rapid detection, rectification and prevention of faults within our manufacturing facilities. They also control the operation, programming and maintenance of our automated production equipment.

Responsibilities

There are three distinct areas within the MINI Plant; Body in White, Assembly and Paint.

All three areas require different skill-sets and you will get the chance to work in all of them.

Training consist of the study of modern state of the art automotive production technology, as well as the latest innovations in manufacturing techniques.

The job role includes:

  • Robot maintenance and programming
  • Cutting and welding
  • Using laser technology
  • Electronics
  • Pneumatics
  • Electrical
  • Plcs
  • Hydraulics
  • Welding
  • Milling 
  • Turning
  • Basic hand skills as well as general mechanical engineering

This training takes place in our modern onsite apprentice academy.

The technical and maintenance teams you will be working with at Plant Oxford are responsible for the rapid detection, rectification and prevention of faults within our manufacturing facilities.

They also control the operation, programming and maintenance of our automated production equipment. Your final goal will be to become a productive members of these elite teams.

If you want to work in a fast-paced and exciting environment, this is the apprenticeship for you!

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.

Programme:

BMW offers an enhanced apprenticeship in comparison to others in industry. The four year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of Engineering and production technology including: practical skills, machining, fluid power, electronics, welding, robotics, control systems and many more. You will then select to specialise for the remainder of the course in your ‘home’ department.

Our advisors are always available to provide individual support and guidance, enabling you to customise training to suit your skills.

In your first year you will undertake practical training to qualify you with Employers Units of Competence  supported by a BTEC national certificate. Following this you will take on a level 3 NVQ competency based qualification all of which are based on engineering and maintenance systems in the business. You could have the potential to move onto the Higher National Certificate (HNC) at level 4 in engineering subject to YOUR performance and attitude.

Future Prospects

  • 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

Reality Check

  • A competitive salary enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £14,333 per annum rising to £27,000 over the programme. Immediate eligibility for company car scheme, plus other benefits
  • As part of your application you have been asked to upload specific documents. If you do not attach these, your application will not be progressed
  • You must also be able to provide proof of your legal right to work in the UK, if you are not a UK or European passport holder
  • The next stages of the recruiting process could include: online testing and an assessment centre
  • Any further questions? Email us on hr.services.recruitment@bmwgroup.co.uk

Skills Required

  • Be enthusiastic about cars and their manufacture
  • Enjoy the challenge of solving problems
  • Be fun, friendly and enjoy being part of a good team
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be motivated and keen to learn
  • Be flexible, willing to work and spend time in different areas and sites within the UK and Germany
  • A full driving licence would be an advantage but not a necessity

Qualities Required

  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Hard-working
  • Excellent team player

Qualifications Required

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at level 5/C (or above) including maths and English
  • A technology related subject or a BTEC level 3 (60 credits plus) or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Technology discipline would be advantageous but is not essential

Training Provided

Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • The first year of the program is purely in a learning environment where in addition to starting the academic requirements of your program, 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.
  • Whilst developing specialist, on-the-job knowledge, the apprentice will also undertake a fully funded study toward the attainment of a BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering
  • 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. Opportunities for higher Education are available, depending on pre-qualifications, personal performance, attitude and business needs
  • As of 1st August 2020, the new Standard has replaced the previous Framework Apprenticeship
  • Standards are occupation-focused; they are not qualification-led. The learning happens throughout the apprenticeship. And the apprentice is assessed at the end.  There is a focus on key areas – knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB)

Highlights of the new Standard:

  • There is a major shift from assessing to learning. Instead of continually assessing learners, assessors will be more like tutors or mentors – planning activities, sending feedback and supporting apprentices until the EPA (End Point Assessment). The EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) will then be responsible for assessing the apprentice
  • Instead of assessing apprentices, on-programme learning will meet all the KSBs in the standard and prepare apprentices for their EPA. Mentors will need to check which assessment methods are used in the EPA and do mock tests and practice runs as the apprentice approaches the EPA
  • The standards include a 20% off-the-job training requirement. This means providers and employers need to work together to plan learning activities outside of the apprentice's normal working duties. Off-the-job training is mandatory and will be audited, so it needs to be properly organised and recorded
  • Apprentices are now graded according to their performance in the EPA. This means mentors will need to work closely with their learners to get the most out of them – planning activities to coach borderline apprentices and stretch and challenge high achievers
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