BMW increases apprenticeships to ensure competitiveness in auto industry
Currently in Germany, approximately 1,080 young trainees begin their professional education with the BMW Group every year. Starting in 2012, BMW will be offering approximately 1,200 apprenticeships for students per year. Now, more undergraduate students can begin training early with BMW, but not only that, the group is also offering training with more graduate students as well. BMW will be adding more training places, expanding and giving many more the opportunity to join the BMW Group family.
The BMW Group added 3,500 new employees globally in 2011. Out of these 3,500 employees, approximately 1,800 new employees will be joining the Group in Germany by the end of the year. They will mainly be working in the Head Office and in Development, and also in Purchasing and Sales. Not only is corporate hiring new employees, but also dealerships are creating jobs and putting people to work. The German BMW dealerships will be recruiting 1,000 employees by 2013.
The BMW Group will be offering vocational training to those who wish to work hard and learn all there is to know about the BMW brand. The brand looks for those of the highest quality to match their cars, which are known for their incredible quality and superiority. BMW expects to grow the quantity and quality of its training and the development of junior management, so that these employees can grow with the company and be prepared to train new apprentices when the time comes. It’s quite a smart plan. In doing this, the BMW Group is doing what it can to guarantee its own competitiveness among the aggressive automobile industry.
Frank-Peter Arndt, the Production Director at BMW AG made this statement in a press release: “In a time that is marked by a high level of uncertainty, we think we are giving out a strong signal by considerably increasing the number of apprentices in all our German production locations.”
Manfred Schoch, the General Works Council Chairman at the BMW Group added this statement to Arndt’s in the same press release: “And a good training is almost always followed by a good job.”
Harald Krüger, a Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Human Resources, made this statement in the press release: "By concentrating more on strengths and talents, focussing more on needs, increasing flexibility and enhancing quality, we will be able to bring the apprentices and the company even closer together. The newly structured vocational training scheme will offer new talents the best possible start in the professional world".