BMW announces 5th class of BMW Scholars

13.06.16 GACC South News

Thirty Students Graduate BMW Apprentice Program

Spartanburg, S.C. BMW Manufacturing announced today 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 Technical 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.

“We are grateful for the support and commitment of our technical college partners, who are vital to the success of the BMW Scholars Program,” said Johannes Trauth, Vice President of Human Resources. “This program continues to be an excellent example of how collaboration between the business and educational sectors can ensure that advanced manufacturing remains a key driver for our state in years to come.”

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.”