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THE first intake of a fresh apprenticeship initiative from BMW Group Australia and training specialist NextGen Jobs has been fully subscribed with 40 per cent of Australia’s BMW network onboard with the program.

The BMW #NextTech Mentored Apprenticeship Program, regarded as the future of automotive training, has accepted its first 38 apprentices who are now under instruction. 

Plans for the second intake are being finalised with applications expected to reopen in Q3 of this year.

The program gives apprentices dedicated BMW training, one-on-one mentoring and accelerated pathways to complete their Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology within three years. They then have an option to extend into a dual qualification as an automotive electrician and to commence BMW registered technician training. 

BMW Group Australia general manager of aftersales Dr Reiner Meierbeck said the program will play an integral role in ensuring future BMW apprentices develop the diagnostic skills and techniques required to stay ahead in a very rapidly evolving automotive industry.

“It is also progressive in enabling apprentices to stay well ahead of the trends of increasing specialisation and rapid technological advancement,” he said.

“This includes electrification – a critical element in BMW’s future.” 

NextGen Jobs general manager Andrew Sezonov said the initiative was one of the first major programs developed by the company with its “new collar” approach.

“It shows what can be achieved by working closely with industry and educators,” he said.

“Partnering with BMW Group Australia and Bendigo Kangan Institute is fantastic, and we are confident this programme will be sought after for many years to come.”

The BMW #NextTech Mentored Apprenticeship Program brings together BMW Group Australia, NextGen Jobs and the Bendigo Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence.

NextGen Jobs focuses on redesigning apprenticeship pathways for “new collar” and technology-driven occupations.  

The program was launched at a marquee event at Kangan’s automotive centre to an audience of industry practitioners, automotive training professionals, government leaders and industry stakeholders.

By Neil Dowling

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