16 February 2012
Oxford Brookes students attend vocational visit day at BMW MINI Oxford
BMW MINI Plant Oxford recently launched a programme of wide ranging vocational opportunities exclusively for Oxford Brookes students including Computing, Maths and Engineering students from the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment (TDE) along with students from the Faculty of Business. In order to provide students seeking a placement for 2012/13 with the chance to find out about the work experience opportunites on offer at BMW MINI plant in Oxford, the university arranged a visit to the Plant on Thursday 16th February.
The event was attended by over 100 students. The visit began with an introduction to BMW, how the company was established, how they have grown over the years and insights into the company's plans for the future. A 'market place' forum was available where students could identify the types of projects they would be interested in working on. BMW staff then provided 15 minute presentations illuminating each of the different project areas. The students were able to attend presentations on 3 separate subjects such as 'Energy Reduction', 'Automated IT Solutions' and 'Vehicle Ergonomics'. Each of the subject areas was comprised of multiple projects within which work experience opportunities arise.
Feedback given by students who attended the visit day was overwhelmingly positive. The visit provided students with valuable insight as to how theoretical knowledge and training finds practical application in the world of work. A large number of Oxford Brookes student placements at the Oxford MINI plant are now eagerly anticipated for 2012/13 and beyond.