Trainees in Mladá Boleslav are definitely not bored. The Networking team takes care of trainees’ wellbeing, among which, has the exclusive task of connecting new and former members of the Trainee program, thus creating a common Trainee community. The second year of the Trainee Reunion took place on August 27, 2020, which was held again in the spirit of a Sport Day!
The Networking Team is in charge of the preparations of our Trainee Reunions and must provide everything from A to Z. From event planning, handling bookings, communicating with the owners of the premises, all the way to the smooth running of the big day. Among other things, the Networking team also takes care of formal meetings with managers within ŠKODA AUTO, and informal events such as organizing a bowling session, the Christmas ball, or a meeting with Trainees from other Volkswagen Group brands.
The aim of the event was to informally connect trainees from different departments via a range of retro activities while having fun and relaxing during our sports games. This year underlines the 27th year of the Trainee Program and its heritage, so it is vital to strengthen the bonds of the community, reinforce friendships, and to allow newer joiners to build strong networks around the company in a colloquial atmosphere.
Alžběta Budínská, the coordinator of the Trainee Program, opened the event whilst our current trainee, Adam Klas, took care of the moderation throughout the evening. Trainees played for interesting rewards including ŠKODA branded products, tickets to the ŠKODA Museum as well as tickets to the Municipal Pool in Mladá Boleslav, all of which were generously donated to us by these organizations.
In this year's event, participants could enjoy activities such as volleyball and football. In addition, they were treated with childhood memories thanks to our retro activities, including the sack race, tug of war, a furrow (wheelbarrow) race, and spoon-ball. This selection provided for a pleasant and funny diversification of activities for everyone involved. Throughout the event, catering of delicious meals from the grill was also available.
About 60 former and current trainees attended our reunion. The trainees were divided into four teams and had the strategic task of selecting players for each activity to finish with the best possible result. The sport activities took a total of two hours, followed by the announcement of the results, the awarding of prizes to the winning team, and the closing of the event by the program coordinator. After everybody’s efforts were recognized, there was an opportunity for participants to network during dinner and to get to know each other both in their working and private lives.
We would like to use this space to promote and support this event and invite all future and past trainees within the company to participate in future reunions, including the sports day which will be repeated next summer! We believe that it will be as successful as this year and capable of bringing new contacts and cooperation within ŠKODA.
How did the participants enjoy the Trainee Reunion event?
"I liked that we could meet the other trainees. The activities were fun!”
“Great event. I'm already looking forward to the next year! "
Trainee Reunion maintains its popularity. If you enjoy planning and would like to organize various events and collaborate on the development of the Trainee community, we would like to welcome you to the Trainee program!
See you soon!
Lenka Perončíková – Fleet Marketing, Trainee Networking Leader