BMW Service Apprentice Program
Press Release | 2017.10.10

BMW Group Thailand and Don Bosco Technological College join up to enhance Thai vocational skills through the ‘BMW Service Apprentice Program’

BMW Group Thailand – led by Mr. Stefan Teuchert, President (3rd left), and Khun Jatupon Puttaviboon, General Manager, Dealer Development (2nd left), together with Don Bosco Technological College – led by Reverend Father Manachai Tharachai, SDB, Rector (4th left), and Reverend Father Monthon Rojjanasutadkul, SDB, Director (5th left), signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the “BMW Service Apprentice Program”. The partnership ceremony was also joined by Mr. Karl-Heinrich Adam, Third Secretary Economic and Commercial of Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany (far left), and Mr. Markus Hoffman, GTDEE Project Director, German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (far right).

Bangkok. BMW Group Thailand – led by Mr. Stefan Teuchert, President – and Don Bosco Technological College – led by Reverend Father Manachai Tharachai, Rector – recently announced their partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the “BMW Service Apprentice Program”. The partnership will help foster the potential of vocational students in achieving automotive skills and knowledge of an international standard. The MoU was signed by the representatives from both organizations, and witnessed by the school faculty and students at Don Bosco Technological College.

Mr. Stefan Teuchert, President, BMW Group Thailand, said, “The BMW Service Apprentice Program is BMW Group Thailand’s pride, as we are taking part in the development of career opportunities and the improvement of educational potential for Thai vocational students. We are delighted to continue our joint promotion of Dual Vocational Education with Don Bosco Technological College. This collaboration will not only provide practical automotive skills for students, but will also allow students to thrive as professional technicians. We are also aiming to strengthen the growth of the domestic automotive industry as well as establishing Thailand as ASEAN‘s leading automotive hub.”

BMW Group Thailand initiated the BMW Service Apprentice Program in 2012 in collaboration with the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce and BMW authorized dealers. Participating students have been provided with technical knowledge and skills through theoretical and on-the-job training at the BMW Training Center supported by BMW certified technicians from BMW authorized dealers. The partnership strives to support the development of Thai vocational education as well as to create a highly skilled and competent workforce, and ultimately drive Thailand towards becoming a leading global automotive hub.

Reverend Father Manachai Tharachai, SDB, Rector of Don Bosco Technological College said, “Don Bosco Technological College is very pleased that BMW Group Thailand recognizes the importance of improving educational potential for Thai youths. The automotive training at BMW Training Center, especially on-the-job training by professional technicians from a leader in the automotive industry, combined with theoretical knowledge, will encourage the students to learn to their fullest potential. Moreover, it will create countless career opportunities and provide valuable experiences for the students. We are grateful that BMW Group Thailand, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce are participating in the sustainable development of Thai vocational education.”

The partnership also embarks on elevating Thai vocational education to match the German higher education standard. The participating students should qualify for the program’s criteria and must pass the BMW Service Apprentice Program level test. This year, 14 students from high vocational certificate class have been taking part in the program and the college plan to get 25 students to join next year.

In addition to gaining technical knowledge and skills training, students are also granted full scholarship from BMW Group Thailand and will be employed by BMW authorized dealer after probation period while joining the program.

The BMW Service Apprentice Program is part of the German-Thai Dual Excellence Education (GTDEE) program, a joint effort between the two nations. Developed in Germany, the program has achieved outstanding success and has been adopted by many countries across the globe including Thailand. BMW Group Thailand is committed in giving back to society through the sustainable support of educational development, which is in line with a vision for sustainability to which the company aspires.

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The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce, and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2016, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.367 million cars and 145,000 motorcycles worldwide. As of 31 December 2015, the BMW Group had a workforce of 122,244 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

BMW Group Thailand

BMW Group Thailand, a subsidiary of BMW AG, Germany, was established on the 3rd October 1998. The three entities of BMW Group Thailand include BMW (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for wholesales & marketing of BMW Group products, BMW Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad local production, and BMW Leasing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for financial services offerings to both wholesale and retail customers.

In 2016, BMW Group Thailand delivered 7,923 BMW and MINI vehicles to the customers. For BMW Motorrad Thailand, new record has been set in 2016 with 1,819 motorcycle deliveries.

In 2017, BMW Group Thailand has the best-ever first half with 4,888 BMW and MINI car deliveries, achieving an impressive +33% growth year-on-year.

On the production side, the BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand plant was founded on BMW Group’s strong belief in the growth potential of Asian markets and Thailand in particular, with its unique location, strong manufacturing base, and ready supply of skilled automotive labor, being an automotive hub for ASEAN.

An investment of over 4.6 billion Baht year-to-date 2016has been invested into expansion of plant Rayongin terms of assembling processes, aiming to meet growing customer demand. In addition, with approximately 4 billion Thai Baht representing the amount of annual purchasing in Thailand, the BMW Global Purchasing office has been established in Thailand. This is to source various components from local suppliers in Thailand and the broaderASEAN region, in order to supply the entire BMW production network of 31 production and assembly facilities, located in 14 countries worldwide.

As of 2017, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand produces the following 17 models: BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X4and BMW X5.For BMW Motorrad the BMW F 800 R, BMW F 800 GS, BMW F 700 GS, BMW R 1200 GS, BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW S 1000 R, BMW S 1000 RR and BMW S 1000 XR are also locally assembled at the plant. In addition, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand now assembles three BMW plug-in hybrid models; BMW 330e, BMW X5 xDrive40e and BMW 740Le.

Starting from May 2016, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand’s assembly line capability has been expanded for the purpose of exporting the BMW X3 and BMW X5 to China as well.

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BMW Group Thailand

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