BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi Mexico inaugurates training centre

Nov 10, 2017   People

The BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi has inaugurated the plant's Training Center. With the official opening of the new building the automaker sets the next major milestone during the ramp up phase of the plant that will start production in 2019.

The BMW Group has invested $9 million into the 6,000 sq. m. facility. The new Training Center contains eleven workshops for qualification programmes not only for associates but also for apprentices from the three educational institutions that participate in the Dual Programme.

State of the art technology and latest innovations for skilled workforce

Each space of the Training Center is designed to maximise the employees' performance and to increase their level of enthusiasm and team spirit. From the 1,500 associates with whom the plant will start operations, all will have gone through the qualification programmes given at that the Training Center including the workshops of Production Technology, Automotive Technology, Electricity and Electronics, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Metal Mechanics, Robotics, PLC (Programmable Logic Controls), Paint Shop and IT. Additionally, the Training Center incorporates a space for skills evaluation, an area to become an expert on lean manufacturing, a leadership room and it incorporates rooms for several courses and non-technical training.

Qualification programme is based on four pillars

The Occupational Training consists of a personalised development plan, designed to improve the competencies for each of the positions at the BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi. All employees take part according to their work areas along with a personal plan to nurture their proficiencies individually.

The qualification provided at the Ramp-Up Center is focused on technology topics and the actual launch of a new model. The reproduction of the production centre in a 5,000 sq. m. prepares associates in processes such as Body, Paint Shop, Assembly, Analysis, Logistics and IT. This building was designed with the purpose of preparing future employees who will be part of the productive processes, and to train them with the tools that will monitor the quality of each procedure at the BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi.

The BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi makes best use of the experience from other plants worldwide and maximises the preparation with a programme of Qualification in the Global Production Network. The sites in Germany, the United States and China support the plant in Mexico by providing training for employees during the phase of equipment and start of operations. By the time the plant in Mexico starts producing the first BMW 3 Series for the world market, more than 700 associates will have gone to one or more international assignments.

The strong educational strategy of the BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi encourages competitiveness, stimulates the professional level of local talent, and places this region at a preponderant position among the global automotive industry. The Training Center is where employees will become experts, and it is the first step in the nonstop journey of the qualification processes of the most innovative, technological and sustainable plant of the BMW Group Production Network.

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