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BMW Manufacturing recently announced the graduation of its fifth class of BMW Scholars. The 30 Scholar graduates were officially hired as full-time BMW production, automotive, logistics, and equipment service associates.
“Developing the future workforce is critical to the continued growth and success of our company,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The BMW Scholars Program plays a key role in keeping this Plant competitive. Each one of these talented new Associates will be important to the daily operation and long-term success of our company.”
The South Carolina plant launched the BMW Scholars Program in August 2011 in partnership with three local technical colleges: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College, and Tri-County College. The two-year program is similar to the traditional apprentice program found in Germany with the additional advantage of tuition and book assistance. Students in the program must enroll in one of four work/study areas: Automotive Technology, Equipment Services, Production, or Logistics/Supply Chain Management. With this most recent class, 108 BMW Scholars have graduated over the past five years, and all Scholars have been offered employment at BMW Manufacturing.
During the graduation ceremony, Zachary Taylor, 2016 BMW Scholar and class speaker, challenged fellow graduates to “continue our hunger for knowledge and innovation. We must continue to move forward and ignite the spark of creativity. We must continue to improve our ability to produce premium quality and the Ultimate Driving Machine.”