Future, development, opportunities
Take the bridge, for example, which can only be constructed out of the various building blocks by working together. “We not me” is the corresponding Group Essential here – one of the principles of Volkswagen Group. It is precisely these values that the apprentices themselves find important – and which they have also experienced in their work. But they appreciate a lot of other things about their employer as well. When you talk to the young people, they tell you what Volkswagen means to them: future, development, opportunities – and a first-class reputation, and not only in terms of training. “Volkswagen is a great employer with many continuing education opportunities. It’s really cool what Volkswagen enables us to do and how they support us,” says Carolina Ewers, electronics technician for automation technology. Dominik Bleitner, mechatronics technician, is currently studying electrical engineering. He’s effusive in his praise: “The atmosphere during the apprenticeship was great!”.
“Volkswagen is trusted”
It is by no means always easy to score one of the rare apprenticeships. Rahul Barhate of India, for example, had to beat out hundreds of other candidates for one of just 16 spots. After numerous tests, he was able to begin an apprenticeship as a mechatronics technician – and succeed with flying colors. His biggest project during the apprenticeship: a defective machine was to be replaced – a very expensive proposition. Instead, Rahul took it upon himself to repair it. The 20-year-old did such a good job of it that the machine is still in operation. Why did he choose Volkswagen as an employer and training company three years ago? “Volkswagen has an outstanding reputation; Volkswagen is trusted. It’s the values that make Volkswagen Volkswagen,” replies Rahul with a beaming smile. “I love my job!”
“It feels good to come to work!”
Teamwork, diversity and responsibility are particularly important to the Best Apprentices. “It’s like a big family,” says qualified painter Phoebe Jay from the United Kingdom. She now works as a project manager. Marvin Fütterer, electronics technician for automation technology, wants to return to Volkswagen after studying software engineering – for which he has been given five years’ leave. He loves automobiles, saying: “The great thing is that you can see the progress and the current state of the technology in everyday use.” And IT specialist Kim Svedberg from Sweden says: “At such a large company you really learn a lot. The best thing is: it feels good to come to work!”