BMW is launching an innovative program that will open all kinds of opportunities to those who protect us all. The German automaker has set up shop on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to teach service members how to become automotive technicians.
Plenty of companies talk about recruiting veterans, and that’s a great thing. But going to a military base and providing a training program so people can transition to civilian life is taking everything a step further. Called the BMW MSTEP (Military Service Technician Education Program), it will be operated with help from Universal Technical Institute.
The coursework in MSTEP lasts 16 weeks and is focused specifically on BMW technologies. The first round of students is small at only nine people. Each one will get classroom and hands-on teaching. For 2018, BMW wants to see 450 students graduate from the program. In 2020, that goal increases to about 800.
Once a veteran has completed the program and is looking to transition into a civilian job, BMW helps them find a job at a dealership service department. Believe it or not, demand for service technicians are up, so it’s a good field to get into. From there, veterans can explore other opportunities that related to their new career path. It’s a great way to say thank you to people who sacrifice so much for their country.