Apprenticeships with Mini
There are a range of MINI Apprenticeship roles available at the brand’s two manufacturing and assembly sites in Swindon and Oxford. Engines are manufactured at BMW’s Hams Hall plant in the West Midlands, while MINI Plant Swindon produces pressings and sub-assemblies. MINI Plant Oxford remains responsible for the body shell production, paint and assembly.
MINI Apprenticeship: Facts and Figures
- There are more than 4,000 associates currently employed at Plant Oxford, with a further 800 employed at Plant Swindon.
- BMW Plant Hams Hall plant also has around 800 associates.
- Between 2012 and 2015 BMW Group invested £750 million in its Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall plants taking investment in UK production to £1,75 billion since 2000.
- The MINI paint facility was the UK’s second biggest construction project (after the Millennium Dome) and cost £80 million.
- There are approximately 3,600 components in a new MINI Hatch.
- More than 1,000 robots apply between 4,000 and 6,000 spot welds to create the new MINI bodyshell.
- The total area of the paintshop is 38,430 square metres.
- Taking MINIs by train saves more than 1.4 million lorry miles per year.
- More than 200 checks are carried out in assembly to ensure the correct parts are fitted and quality is as high as possible.
MINI Apprenticeship: MINI Plant Swindon
The Swindon facility produces about 90 per cent of the pressings and almost 80 per cent of the sub-assemblies, such as doors, bonnets and tailgates for MINI. There are two key areas of production for MINI at Plant Swindon, the Press Shop and Sub Assembly.
Plant Swindon produces over 300 different pressed parts for the MINI body shell. Furthermore, the production line has 14 fully automated press lines, including four steel coil blanking lines. In total, Plant Swindon has a total of 50 modernised individual presses. The pressing power of the equipment ranges from 400 up to 5,000 tonnes.
All presses also feature the latest electronic control systems for production of the MINI. The appropriate press is used in each case according to the size and complexity of the pressing involved. The front and rear closures on the MINI for example, are pressed into shape on the longest tandem press line. This requires a total of six different pressing stages, from a flat piece of steel sheet all the way to the fully formed, outer skin.
For the MINI Clubman, particularly large body components such as the roof and the side frame panels go through a large four operation transfer press with a pressing force of 5,000 tonnes.
MINI Apprenticeship: MINI Retailer
MINI also offer the following Apprenticeships through their Retail Network:
- Light Vehicle Technician
- Aftersales Customer Service
- Bodyshop Technician
- MINI Genius (Customer Service)
To apply for an Apprenticeship with the MINI Retail Network, candidates should follow the link below to the BMW Apprenticeship page, and then follow the link on that page to the BMW Retail Network Careers.
In addition to the MINI Apprenticeship roles summarised here, the company also offers Graduate Jobs at various manufacturing locations, as well as at MINI UK HQ:
Roles Available with Mini
The range of MINI Apprenticeship roles offered at MINI Plant Oxford and MINI Plant Swindon include:
- Business Technician
- Engineering Technician
- Electrical Maintenance
- Human Resources
- IT Technician
- Machine Controller
- Maintenance Technician
- Technical Laboratory
All MINI Apprentice Technical roles attend MINI Plant Oxford’s own state-of-the-art training school, while MINI Apprenticeship Business and IT roles attend Abingdon and Witney College in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University.
Education Requirements for Mini
Candidates interested in a MINI Apprenticeships should refer to the MINI Careers website for details of the Education qualifications required, as these can vary according to the specific requirements of the roles available.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Mini?
Candidates should refer to the MINI Careers website for details of the latest MINI Apprenticeship vacancies.