It is a special date every year: 1,200 young people have started their training at the BMW Group locations in Germany. They are used in all core areas of the BMW Group: in production and administration, research and development as well as in sales at the Group’s own BMW and MINI branches throughout Germany, where they are in direct contact with customers. For many, the start comes with a promise: after successful training in the BMW Group plants, permanent employment is guaranteed. All of these young people help shape the mobility of the future from day one. And with them, the BMW Group builds up the specialists of tomorrow,
“It is always a great pleasure to give our new trainees a warm welcome. As the experts of tomorrow, young women and men will have a decisive influence on digital, electric and sustainable mobility. The training content, which we are constantly updating, will prepare you well for this. In the BMW Group, you will find an attractive employer that combines reliability and adaptability at the same time, as well as a wide range of perspectives throughout your professional life,” said Ilka Horstmeier, Board Member for Human Resources and Real Estate at BMW AG, Labor Director, on behalf of the welcome at the Munich location all apprenticeship starters throughout Germany. In the training year 2022, the number of trainees remains constant at 1.
The start of an exciting learning period
“Providing sound vocational training is part of the social responsibility that is part of the BMW Group’s self-image – especially in economically challenging times. The training of young, motivated people plays a central role in the BMW Group and stands for high quality,” says Martin Kimmich, Chairman of the General Works Council of BMW AG. “In every apprenticeship there is the chance of an exciting, future-oriented job at the BMW Group.” Together with Ilka Horstmeier, he symbolically handed over important work utensils to two trainees: a laptop and the work jacket from the BMW Group plant in Munich. It was the first welcome day for the trainees since the pandemic, which could take place in person again.
Apprentices are a building block in the process of upgrading skills
The BMW Group’s training program is firmly anchored in corporate structures worldwide. Particular importance is attached to dual vocational training. It is also a successful model abroad, has already been implemented at twelve locations in eight countries and is being expanded further. The BMW Group provides training in 30 different professions and 18 dual courses throughout the international training network. In total, around 4,500 trainees are currently learning at the BMW Group worldwide – this is a decisive contribution to securing young talent, which is a building block in the systematic restructuring of skills. It is the basis for mastering new technological challenges in terms of sustainable, electric and digital mobility. It is these technologies that contribute to climate protection.
The BMW Group expects top performances from talented young people – and provides the prerequisites for this: learning content is conveyed in a contemporary manner. That means moving away from theoretical knowledge transfer towards faster, practical application. Virtual reality glasses or 3D printing technologies are firmly integrated work tools and make learning content tangible.
Open doors for IT talents
Building up expert knowledge in IT skills plays a central role in the training program: in the classic vocational training, the BMW Group trains IT specialists for application development or digital networking. The handling of data, the development and support of IT solutions or security and data protection are central learning contents. In the dual study program, the focus is increasingly on vehicle technology and production as well as electronics and systems engineering in addition to the IT courses. Talented young people who are enthusiastic about software development and are aiming for a Science Bachelor in Data Science & Scientific Computing in combination with an IT specialist for data and process analysis will continue to be welcome at the BMW Group in the future. Speaking of welcome: one goal is
Lots of bonus around the training
The BMW Group also delivers top performance as an attractive and reliable employer: In addition to the guarantee of permanent employment after successful training in the plants, trainees also receive holiday and Christmas bonuses, an additional pension and a profit-sharing scheme. In addition, trips to the vocational school are subsidised. In addition to flexible working hours, personal development and advancement, the BMW Group also sees fitness and leisure activities at many locations as part of a long-term employment relationship. And if you want, you can get behind the wheel of a BMW or a MINI as an apprentice at particularly favorable conditions.