Nathan, a machine controller at work


My apprenticeship started in August 2017 and lasted for two years. Before I started, I was actually an apprentice at a carpentry firm but I was interested in advancing my qualifications and knowledge and went for the opportunity at BMW Group. In my first year, I spent one day a week in the classroom doing maths, engineering and technical drawing and the other four days a week in the workshop focused on mechanics, electrics, electrical wiring and using equipment. We’ve had placement days, which means we were able to go round the assembly lines and learn about the different machine areas and the various jobs they do for each part of the car.

We were really well looked after throughout the apprenticeship and I learnt a lot about networking, which was something I wasn’t expecting, but is so useful for my role now. I wasn’t sure what to expect as an apprentice at BMW Group, but I thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship. The qualifications are the same as you’d gain at university, plus you get the on-the-job experience and you get paid while you do it, which is brilliant.


Machine controller