Vocational training is a key element of Volkswagen’s human resources work. Volkswagen AG provides training in a total of 34 different vocations to around 4,500 trainees at its six western German locations. By the end of 2008, 9,884 young people had completed vocational training in the Volkswagen Group worldwide. We will continue our training drive in 2009 in spite of the difficult environment.
Among other things, internationalization is helping to establish uniform plant structures and modularize products, which is creating increasingly homogeneous production processes at the Volkswagen Group’s facilities around the world. As a result, production specialists are now required to meet internationally comparable requirements as regards expertise to a greater extent than before. This is leading to the development of international standards for vocational training in the Company, with the consequence that training is being systematized to a greater extent and its quality is being standardized. In the future, these standards will also reflect the expertise required of production specialists and are the basis for training and development programs in the Volkswagen Group. This is the reason training is increasingly being conducted at local company training centers that are integrated into the value creation process – an important step on the path to ensuring a first-class team of dedicated individuals for tomorrow.
At a ceremony in Kassel in October 2008, the Board of Management conferred the eighth “Best Apprentice Award” on the Group’s most outstanding vocational trainees worldwide. Twenty vocational trainees from ten countries and three continents received a certificate in recognition of their excellent achievements.