THE Cowley Mini plant is boosting its apprentice intake by more than 50 per cent this year.

Thirty-five places are on offer for apprenticeships lasting between three and four years covering skills from human resources to electrical maintenance and engineering.

Plant managing director Dr Juergen Hedrich said: “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for the plants.”

The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the chance to progress to degree level.

Mini parent firm BMW is doubling its apprentice intake across its three UK production sites as it gears up for the next generation of the car.

BMW and Mini dealerships are also looking to recruit 130 young people across the UK with apprenticeships including service technician, parts advisor and motorcycle technician.

Applications for an apprenticeship can be made by visiting the website and clicking on the Associates button. The closing date is March 13.