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BMW to Expand their Rising Scholars Apprenticeship Program

BMW recently completed its inaugural BMW Rising Scholars program a workforce development program that focuses on helping rising high school seniors develop their problem solving and math skills while also helping them to learn hard technical skills that can be useful in their later careers.

“An apprenticeship program registered with the U.S. Labor Department, BMW Rising Scholars will pay students $12 per hour. The second initiative, BMW Fast Track, is a 40-hour-per-week “BMW Bootcamp” for recent graduates or experienced individuals with a related associate degree hired on to the manufacturing team. “The Rising Scholars and Fast Track programs are additional tools that expand our workforce development strategy,” Knudt Flor, president, and CEO of BMW Manufacturing said in the release. “This new pipeline of talent will help us fulfill our long-term goals. With the digitalization of manufacturing technology, it makes sense for us to grow and recruit additional talent as we prepare for our future.” Both initiatives follow in the footsteps of the BMW Scholars high school graduate apprenticeship program for manufacturing technology students, started in 2010. Rising Scholars graduates will automatically become candidates for the BMW Scholars program, which pays $1,500 toward tuition and books at four participating schools while students attend class full-time and work at BMW 20 to 24 hours a week”.

With 33l total graduates of the Rising Scholars program essentially every single participant has been offered an entry position within the company following the completion of their program. Participants work around 15 hours a week at the BMW manufacturing Training and Development.

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