SOURCE: AutowiredBMW UK needs 12,500 dealership staff by 2010
BMW OFFICIALLY opened its purpose-built training and development facility near Reading on Friday.
It will provide all technical and non-technical training for the BMW, Mini and motorcycle dealer networks and will also be available to BMW Group's employees throughout the UK.
Incorporating a 32 bay workshop, 22 training rooms and showrooms to simulate a working dealer environment, the 5,400 square metre two-storey facility also features a dedicated apprentice training area with its own residential accommodation and a separate clubhouse for the current intake of between 160-170 apprentices per year.
A total of £17m has been invested in the facility.
BMW (UK) Limited has signed a long-term service agreement with Verve Venues (formally known as Initial Style Conferences), the UK training provider to provide its dedicated training facilities.
"In order to meet the growth in BMW and Mini UK sales volumes over the next three years we need to increase the number of people working in our dealerships from 11,000 today to 12,500 by 2010," said UK managing director, Jim O'Donnell. "By providing what we believe are the best training programmes, in the best facility in the industry in the UK, we are confident that we will address this issue."