Girls Go Technical at MINI Plant Oxford this October

Calling young women aged 15 to 24… are you interested in becoming an engineer? Considering a technical Apprenticeship within the manufacturing industry? If so, this programme is for you! Girls Go Technical is an exciting and unique opportunity for young women to experience the day to day challenges encountered by BMW engineers and technical Apprentices in their fascinating world class factories.

The four day programme will run during October half term from Monday 23rd October 2017 through to Thursday 26th October 2017.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside engineering and technical Apprentices at the heart of MINI manufacturing operations, during which time you will gain an in-depth awareness of MINI manufacturing and engineering processes, an insight into the range of careers available, including technical roles and enhance your interview and job application skills.

You will also be taken on a tour of two of the three manufacturing sites: Plant Oxford where MINI is built, Plant Hams Hall where engines are assembled and Plant Swindon, the Body and Pressing Plant.

Upon completion of the programme, participants will have gained:

  • An in-depth awareness of manufacturing and engineering processes.
  • An insight into the range of careers available including technical roles.
  • Enhanced interview and job application skills

Watch this video for more info on Girls Go Technical:

How to apply

You must be available to attend the entire course. There are a limited number of places available for the programme and the application lines close at midnight on Sunday 24th September 2017.

To be considered for a place you must have, or be expected to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science (grade 5 in the new grading structure). Places will be offered to the most suitable applicants.

You will need to submit your application online at https://bmwgroup.jobs/en_gb/job?ref=170000Q4&default=true.

Kelly’s story

Our Apprenticeship Ambassador Kelly Monaghan (pictured above) is a Maintenance Engineering Apprentice at BMW MINI Plant Oxford. Whilst at school, Kelly began to feel that an Apprenticeship would be more likely to lead to a job than doing A Levels and going to university. She also knew about the opportunities that an Apprenticeship with BMW has to offer through her dad, who works for the company. Kelly took part in the Girls Go Technical programme which confirmed her interest in engineering and helped her decide that an Apprenticeship with BMW was what she wanted to do at the end of Year 11.

Kelly says: “I feel that my Apprenticeship at BMW opens up a huge amount of doors for me early in my career. Due to the fact that I started at a young age, it has enabled the business to shape me in a way that makes me a suitable employee for the requirements of the business. Also, as an Apprentice at BMW, I believe that I will have gained a suitable skill set to be able to carry out the job role I intend on doing but have also developed self-motivation to continue to push myself in the future by continually growing my skillset, knowledge and experience.”

“Once you become an Apprentice the sky is your limit. Therefore, when making the decision that determines your future, ensure that you have weighed-up all of your options fully and do not allow your opinions to be influenced by other people.”

Electric MINI

On 25th July, BMW confirmed that a fully-electric version of the MINI will be built at its Cowley plant, which is great news for those seeking a future career with the firm. Read this Oxford Mail article for detail.