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BMW, the world’s largest luxury automaker plans to increase the number of UK apprenticeships available through its company and dealership schemes to around 200 in 2012.

MINI Plant Oxford has 35 places available, with 11 at the Plant Swindon pressings plant and a further 24 at the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham.

Apprenticeships last between three and four years and cover a wide range of skills from human resources and business to electrical maintenance and engineering.
The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career at MINI.

Dr Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director, MINI Plant Oxford, said: “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for the plants; therefore we are delighted to be able to offer young people the chance to join our modern apprenticeship scheme.”

In UK, car sales edged up by 0.03pc, or 42 cars, to 128,853 last month despite the industry bracing itself for a challenging 2012.

However, BMW, Renault, Citroen and Vauxhall suffered declines of more than 20pc.

As a global company, the BMW Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.