Quality Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship) - Degree (Level 6)

BMW Group (Employer)

Birmingham Metropolitan College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £14,333.00 to £27,000.00
38.0 hours per week 38 hour working week, start and finish times will vary according to work based placements and college hours. Exact days and working hours TBC.
4 years (duration)
20 April 2022(start date)
4 positions available
20 February 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

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: hand-skills, machining, fluid power, electronics, robotics, control systems and many more.

Responsibilities

The BMW Group offers an enhanced level 6 degree apprenticeship commencing early September 2022. The four-year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of engineering and production technology including: hand-skills, machining, fluid power, electronics, robotics, control systems and many more. This training takes place at Plant Hams Hall and a local college. Additionally there will be a strong focus on quality aspects of production, including measurement and calibration, quality management systems and business processes, preventative quality including risk analysis, process capability and effective problem solving.

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.

Quality 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.

You will then be gaining further practical experience, by joining the Quality Engineering team as your permanent role. These teams are responsible for ensuring that the technology within our business is state-of-the-art and maintains its optimal efficiencies.

Future Prospects

Your career with BMW Group will be designed to meet your 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

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.

Skills Required

  • Personal development within the BMW Group never stops! This begins with vocational courses and continues with selective training throughout your career
  • A BMW Apprenticeship offers multiple career choices and enables you to make the most of your abilities

Qualities Required

You will need to be enthusiastic and well-disciplined as our apprenticeship programme is heavily focused on attitude and behaviour. In addition you will need to exhibit initiative, and 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. 

Qualifications Required

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.

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at level 6/B (or above) including maths and English
  • A minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at grade C/4 (or above) or a BTEC level 3 (60 credits plus) or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Technology discipline

Training Provided

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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About the employer

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, commonly referred to as BMW, is a German multinational corporation which produces luxury vehicles and motorcycles.

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