Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, commonly referred to as BMW, is a German multinational company which produces automobiles and motorcycles. The company is headquartered in Munich and was founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines, which it produced from 1917 until 1918 and again from 1933 to 1945.
BMW produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico. Automobiles produced by this company are marketed under the brands BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce, meanwhile its motorcycles are marketed under the brand BMW Motorrad. BMW has significant motorsport history, especially in touring cars, Formula 1, sports cars and the Isle of Man TT.
The BMW Group is one the world’s leading vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers with more than 100,000 employees in over 100 countries. The innovative ideas and technologies developed by the BMW Group set the highest standards in terms of individual mobility in the premium segment.
In order to meet the high standards today and in the future, the BMW Group expects to have the best employees on board. This entitles more than good school grades or the successful completion of a university degree. The BMW Group seeks those who carry out their work with a great deal of enthusiasm and team spirit. Job satisfaction is the foundation for personal and business success within the BMW Group.
If you’re about to leave school, and are passionate about cars, technology and teamwork, then you should consider kick-starting your career with the BMW Group.
The Group is on search for talented and enthusiastic individuals who are ready to take on the challenge of working and developing their skills. Whether it’s within the manufacturing, engineering, technical or business areas of BMW’s work, you will need the right blend of skills, education and ambition to make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
Joining one of the BMW Group’s school leaver program will quickly help you to build up a strong network of professional contacts and lay the foundations for a successful career.
The complexity and level of technical competency required to produce BMW products has resulted in an occupationally directed learning program that provides sufficient knowledge and skills to meet the minimum technical requirements of the various technologies, with a specific focus on Autrotronics and Mechatronics. The three year BMW Learnership program commences annually on the 1st of March and is conducted by the BMW Technical Training Department at accredited external service providers. It offers participants the opportunity to develop skills and gain BMW specific experience as well as formal Artisan qualification on successful completion of the program.
Participants of the BMW Learnership program will benefit from the following:
- Structured learning program in a world class production plant
- Mentoring by a qualified artisan with years of work experience
- Training in a fully accredited training center, equipped with state of the art training aids
- Being training by professional accredited trainers who are professional in their fields of expertise
Applications for the BMW Learnership program will be accepted annually during October and only applicants who have Grade 12 (St 10) with both Mathematics and Science results of 50% and higher will be considered. Other requirements include:
- Be South African citizen and permanent resident
- Have a driver’s license
- Be computer literate in Office Suite
- It would be advantageous to have tertiary technical qualification
- It would be advantageous to have technical motor industry experience
Those who are interested to join the BMW Learnership programs may send their applications via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org during October. Applications are open every year. Required documents for the learnership application include the following:
- Certified copy of ID document
- Certified copy of Matric certificate
- Certified copy of full academic record
- Motivational letter
For successful applicants, the program begins in March.
BMW Skills Program
Another BMW Group program for school leavers is the BMW Skills Program. The unit-based 18-month BMW Skills Program is a selection of specially synchronized Unit Standards developed to qualify unemployed students in the Assembly and Logistic working environment. The aim of this Program is to enhance the knowledge of the students and enable them to practically apply their newly acquired skills on the production line according to production processes and work standards. The BMW Skills Program not only opens promotional, growth and further job opportunities for participants, but also strengthens the company’s skills base.
As a successful BMW Skills Program applicant, you will benefit from the following:
- Structure learning program in a world class production plant
- Mentoring by a mentor with years of work experience
- Training in a fully accredited training center, equipped with state of the art training aids
- Being trained by professional accredited trainers who are professionals in their fields of expertise
Applications for the BMW Skills Program will be accepted annually during the month of February. If you are interested to join the BMW Skills Program, you must meet the minimum requirement, one which includes the completion of Grade 12 (St 10) with both Mathematics and English.
Candidates who meet the requirements may send their applications for the BMW Skills Program via e-mail to email@example.com during February. Applications are open every year.
This financial support and development program for high potential future employees, offers participants paid vocational experience, the opportunity to participate in dialogue development sessions with BMW associates, individual projects and assignments as well as the potential to further participate in the BMW SA Graduate Program. Financial support includes the payment of registration and class fees, accommodation as well as prescribed book and examination fees. Bursaries will be awarded on merit and to be eligible for the bursary, students must have completed at least their first semester at University and achieved an academic average of 70% and above to be considered for the program.
To apply for BMW Bursaries, send your application via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted from August to November but program intakes will take place in the first quarter of the year. BMW Bursaries will be advertised annually on the company website.
BMW Students Program
Whether you’re studying for your National Diploma, Bachelor, Masters or PhD, you’ll always find opportunities to put theory into practice with BMW – complementing your studies with the invaluable real-life work experience you need to improve your chances of securing the career you’ve always wanted.
As an innovative business and a global leader in its field, BMW Group constantly searches for next-generation pioneers in a broad range of fields to help the Group continue shaping the future of mobility.
With the BMW Group as a partner, you’ll be able to really put your talent to work, and benefit from valuable financial support while you explore different career options, get to know the Group’s working culture up close and develop the important contacts you need to enhance your chances of securing a job with the Group once you graduate.
At BMW, students are welcome to gain valuable insights into the different occupational fields at the BMW Group. As part of a short, part-time assignment or internship you also get to understand a great deal about people, technology, processes and corporate culture. You learn to put the theory you have studies at university into practice and to hone your teamwork skills. These represent key requirements for your future success in the workplace and put you at a distinct advantage in relation to your fellow students when applying for a job. Practical experience is, after all, a prerequisite for a successful application with the BMW Group and other important industrial companies.
To be eligible for the BMW Students Program, applicants must be a registered student at an Accredited Tertiary Institution, with limited to no work experience.
Applications will be accepted throughout the year but student intakes will only take place on a quarterly basis.
BMW Graduate Program
Whether you’re a recent graduate looking to jump-start your career, or a young professional ready for your next challenge, you’re sure to find exciting and fulfilling opportunities with the BMW Group.
As a global leader in its field, the BMW Group is constantly searching for motivated young professionals to join in shaping the future of mobility. If you are prepared to take on responsibility, and enjoy working within dynamic, innovative teams, then there are engaging assignments, a pleasant working atmosphere, and valuable, individually-tailored development opportunities awaiting you within the BMW Group.
BMW South Africa offers motivated graduates within the Commerce, Engineering, Information Technology, Finance, Sales and Marketing, Business Management and other business related disciplines the opportunity to join the company on a 24-month fixed term placement. The BMW Graduate Development program is designed for Graduates who want to experience something extraordinary, who bring team spirit and initiative combined with the will to continuously learn.
The BMW Graduate Program consists of a 12-month work experience, 1-month work readiness program, 2 weeks allocation to service support departments and a 6-month rotation based on an individual development plan with the aim of integration into BMW South Africa, based on performance and availability of relevant functions. Personal mentors and coaches will be assigned to guide you through the program with access to experienced professionals via structured dialogue and feedback sessions.
Joining as a young professional will help you to quickly build up your network, take full advantage of the numerous professional opportunities within the company and lay the foundation for a rewarding and successful long-term career.
By joining in the BMW Graduate Program, you will benefit the following:
- A personal mentor
- Structured dialogue and feedback sessions with leaders in industry
- Exposure to the complete business value chain through planned rotation
- The chance to work on a diverse range of exciting projects
- The opportunity to take on real responsibility
- The chance to get to know the BMW Group as an employer and experience its working culture up close
- Involvement in CSI projects
The selection process takes place from August to December. Applications will be accepted annually during August and September. Applicants are assessed and short-listed based on their academic record and potential within the BMW corporate environment. Short-listed applicants are then interviewed before final selections are made. Successful applicants may then start their contract in March.
To see the available opportunities at BMW Group South Africa, refer to the BMW Group Jobs web page.