BMW Manufacturing will expand the number of apprentices in its BMW Scholars program to 200, doubling the size of the program. With this increase, BMW will add a fourth education partner in Piedmont Technical College.
BMW Manufacturing first announced the scholars program in 2011, partnering with three area technical colleges: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College. In the program, students attend class full time and work at the BMW plant for 20 to 25 hours per week. BMW covers the cost of tuition and books, provides healthcare benefits and pays students for their work at BMW.
“Technology is constantly changing in the automotive industry,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, in a news release. “Now more than ever, we must invest in highly-skilled workers who can solve problems. Investing in BMW Scholars allows us to develop a pool of talented men and women who will help sustain the future of BMW.”
With the expansion of BMW Scholars, the company will add Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood as its fourth education partner.
“Teamwork and collaboration between BMW and our education partners have been the key to the success of BMW Scholars,” said Ryan Childers, department manager for talent programs at BMW, in the release. “I’m confident that adding Piedmont Technical College will only enrich our program. It’s through this great public-private partnership that the next generation of BMW associates are being developed.”
Since the BMW Scholars program began, there have been six graduating classes and 138 BMW Scholar graduates. Every scholar has been offered a full-time position at BMW, according to the release.