Intensified training: €60 million will be added to the budget for training under the pact for the future through 2023. Consequently, €150 million will be available going forward to safeguard training requirements as a result of the transformation. Training will be tailored to vocations and departments affected by the transformation. Volkswagen is also setting up an online university and sustainably strengthening learning via online platforms.
Strengthening vocational training: Vocational training will be oriented to future requirements. The AGEBI+ program for fully qualified vocational trainees who wish to combine practical experience with a degree program, as well as Faculty 73 are to become an integral part of vocational training at Volkswagen. Through 2023, they will account for up to 250 vocational training places per year out of the 1,400 under the collective agreement. Investment commitments amounting to €8.5 million between 2019 and 2021 have also been given for electric and IT labs as well as project workshops at Volkswagen AG’s six locations.
Employment guarantee: A uniform employment guarantee until 2029 has been agreed for Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. Compulsory layoffs during this period are therefore ruled out.
Lean and agile organization: Through 2023, up to 4,000 jobs in non-production units (Volkswagen AG Passenger Cars, including Volkswagen AG Components and Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH) in addition to the arrangements under the pact for the future will not be restaffed if the tasks performed become redundant as a result of digitalization, process optimization and organizational streamlining. Working groups will formulate the concrete definition of these tasks by the end of August 2019. Workforce deployment across departments and locations is to be made more flexible to safeguard the necessary transformation.
Partial retirement: Partial retirement is to be made available for employees in production and non-production units born between 1962 and 1964. Each of these three years will be released for partial retirement once the personnel, financial and productivity targets have been met. Outplacement options will be available for management staff.
Productivity targets: The company and the Works Council agree that further productivity gains of five percent per year through 2023 are needed in production units to safeguard competitiveness.