BMW expands apprenticeship program.

Fifteen rising high school seniors signed on as the inaugural BMW Rising Scholars in the halls of Spartanburg's Zentrum, one of two workforce development programs the company launched today.

"Our local career centers do a great job in educating students," Paul Sinanian, manager for talent programs and training at BMW, said in a news release. "These high school seniors were chosen because of their strong potential and their good problem-solving and math skills. Rising Scholars is a wonderful opportunity for them to acquire technical skills in an advanced manufacturing setting and get paid to learn."

BMW Rising Scholars offers apprentices an opportunity to work 15 hours a week at BMW Manufacturing's Training and Development Center alongside classes at their high school and a participating Career and Technical Education Center starting later this month.

An apprenticeship program registered with the U.S. Labor Department, BMW Rising Scholars will pay students $12 per hour.

The second initiative, BMW Fast Track, is a 40-hour-per-week "BMW Bootcamp" for recent graduates or experienced individuals with a related associate degree hired on to the manufacturing team.

"The Rising Scholars and Fast Track programs are additional tools that expand our workforce development strategy," Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, said in the release. "This new pipeline of talent will help us fulfill our long-term goals. With the digitalization of manufacturing technology, it makes sense for us to grow and recruit additional talent as we prepare for our future."

Both initiatives follow in the footsteps of...

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