Is there a young, enthusiastic and talented individual who would not want to travel the world, develop skills or build a network within the world’s largest automotive group?
Now that I have your curiosity, I would like to have your attention, too.
As ŠKODA AUTO Trainees, we have a great opportunity to visit and spend time at any facility within the Volkswagen Group during our Trainee Programme. It is quite common for us to work and travel within the technical development centres of the luxury brands – e.g., Bentley in the United Kingdom and Porsche in Germany. We also have a chance to work at modern production facilities of Volkswagen in Zwickau, Germany, where the new electric ID.3 is being produced as a part of the Group’s electric cars initiative to make the brands carbon neutral by 2050. Some of us have also visited Kaluga, Russia, where the Volkswagen Tiguan and Polo as well as the ŠKODA RAPID are currently produced.
Recently, ŠKODA AUTO and Volkswagen have started a joint venture in India, known as the “India 2.0”, where car development and manufacturing are being localised for their large emerging market. Several Trainees have had the unique opportunity to go and visit the headquarters, logistics, production and technical development facilities in Aurangabad and Pune. This has also allowed them to travel throughout the Indian sub-continent.
Finally, Trainees from the business side of the company have a chance to visit the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany or one of the national importers who serve as the main connection between ŠKODA AUTO in Czech Republic and local dealerships. Trainees have been sent to importers located in Barcelona, Dublin, Helsinki and Stockholm.
PUNE, WOLFSBURG, DUBLIN. WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Here is an insight into experiences of Martin, Pavlína and Sabina who have recently completed their rotations abroad.
Firstly, Pavlína, who is currently working as a powertrain logistics planner, had the opportunity to go to Pune, India and to take part in the India 2.0 project. She was involved in the logistics planning. At the start of her rotation, her colleagues explained all of the processes to her, then she attended regular operative meetings, helped to plan the area from logistics point of view (Excel tables, layouts, technologies for items sequencing) and she was involved in the support team for green logistics when they held workshop in Pune.
Martin, a current procurement officer for India, had the opportunity to spend some time in Wolfsburg, Germany. Whilst he was there, he performed various activities including pricing of components, their delivery conditions, evaluation of technical changes and finding ways how to deal with obsolete stock. Martin set himself a couple of personal goals: to improve his German and to gain a better understanding of how platform parts are dealt within VW.
Sabina, an assistant of the manager for Human Resources, Care and Digitisation, spent six months in Dublin, Republic of Ireland working within the after-sales marketing team. She learnt about the extensive importer side of the business – importers act as the middlemen between ŠKODA AUTO and the dealerships and they ensure that dealerships are implementing ŠKODA AUTO standards.
One benefit of the rotation abroad is the possibility to travel around your host country during the weekends and thus experience a new culture. Pavlína, Martin and Sabina all travelled around and they visited many new and interesting places.
GET THE MOST OUT OF IT
Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter where you go or what you do. All Trainees agree that the experience abroad is one of the best parts of the Trainee Programme. The Trainee Programme represents honest work and helps you to make new friends, develop your skills, build a professional network and bring back a new work ethic and mindset with you to ŠKODA AUTO.
Are you ready to join the Trainee Programme?
Matt Sommefeldt, Trainee – Seats and Side Airbag Development