Level 3 Maintenance Technician Apprentice SWINDON PRESSINGS LIMITED

We believe in creating an environment where our apprentices really can learn and develop during their time with us. Our experts and mentors will treat you as part of the team from day one, encouraging you to bring your own ideas to the table and giving you the opportunity to really show what you can do.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    A competitive salary enhanced every six months depending on individual progress and performance starting at £18,152 per annum, rising to £33,000 at the end of the programme.

  • Working week

    You will have a 36 hour working week. Start and finish times TBC, will vary to meet the needs of your work-based placements and college hours.

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

The four-year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of engineering and production technology including robotics, controls systems, machining, fluid power, electronics, welding and many more.

The first year of the program is purely in a learning environment where in addition to starting the academic requirements of your program, you will undertake a practical based engineering program which covers core engineering skills such as milling and turning, electrical and electronic circuits and control and fluid power, PLC’s, etc.

In the second and third year you will continue with the academic requirements of the program alongside on-the-job training. Your on-the-job training will comprise of placements in a number of different areas of the business, with particular focus on the maintenance departments and may also involve placements at other BMW UK sites. If at the end of your second year you meet your targeted grades you will have the opportunity to continue your fully funded academic training beyond L3 onto an HNC in Engineering.

In your fourth year your on-the-job training will continue and will become more targeted to your final job role and where the job requires it you will start working a shift pattern to help better integrate you with your team.Our mentors are always available to provide individual support and guidance, enabling you to customise training to suit your skills.

The training you will be getting

The BMW Group offers an enhanced level 3 apprenticeship commencing early September 2024. The four-year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of Engineering and production technology including: robotics, controls systems, machining, fluid power, electronics, welding and many more.

During your time with us, you will be studying towards a Level 3 BTEC in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, provided by Birmingham Metropolitan College. The training that you receive during your apprenticeship involves studying modern, state-of-the-art automotive production technology as well as the latest innovations in manufacturing techniques. 

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.

Training will take place at Plant Mini, Oxford.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

In the following years you will undertake competency based training while working in a rotation with our maintenance teams around the site and complete the academic engineering course you have started. Additionally, subject to your performance and progression you could have the potential to move onto a foundation degree L5 in engineering.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent any subject (Grade Grade 5/High C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent any subject (Grade Grade 5/ High C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent any subject (Grade Grade 5 / High C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 5/ High C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 5 / High C or above) Essential

About the employer

Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world. Three UK plants have a part to play in MINI production – Plant Hams Hall makes engines, Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and all this comes together at Plant Oxford with body shell production, paint, and final assembly.




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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


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0121 362 1122

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

The next stage is a Strengths Video Interview. You can complete this at any time of day during your three-day invitation window and you will be recorded answering a set of questions. There is a practice question at the start and you get multiple chances to record each question, plus the GetMyFirstJob team are on hand to support you and give you lots of top tips and advice! Following this, successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to a face-to-face Assessment Centre with BMW Group.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Mar 2024