BMW Doubles Size of BMW Scholars Program
For more than seven years, BMW Manufacturing has offered the BMW Scholars apprentice program, which educates and trains students to help them find employment in the highly-technical advanced manufacturing environment. Recently, the company revealed that it’s adding a fourth education partner in Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina — which doubles the size of the program to 200 students.
BME Manufacturing started the BMW Scholars program in 2011, partnering with three Spartanburg, SC-area technical colleges: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College. Students in the program attend classes full-time and work at the BMW Spartanburg plant for between 20 to 25 hours a week. MW pays for students’ tuition and book expenses, while also providing healthcare benefits and paying them for their hours worked.
In a press release, Ryan Childers, Department Manager for Talent Programs at BMW, commented, “Working with our education partners we are able to build the skilled workforce that BMW needs. Ten or more years ago, you might have a mechanic, an electrician and a robotics person all employed in a manufacturing environment. Now we need all those skills in one person. With advanced manufacturing and the new economy, that’s what the market demands.”
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