Young engineering graduates across Spain and Portugal will be given an opportunity to receive hands on training being offered by Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen has launched a new StartUp training program wherein these youngsters will be given an opportunity to not only receive both practical and theoretic training but also the opportunity to receive permanent employment after the two year training is complete. This is a positive step towards dealing with the lack of skilled workers the auto industry worldwide faces.
This ‘StartUp Europe’ training program is designed for fresh engineers who wish to take advantage of international experience. The training offers all-round experience with excellent job prospects. Volkswagen will initially employ these applicants for a period of two years during which time they will receive two months of experience at the company subsidiary in Spain or Portugal after which they will work for 21 months at a Group company in Germany.
During the period of these two years, the trainees will take part in seminars, language courses, practical and theoretic training, etc. Such is the demand for this sort of training, that the company has received 1800 applications jostling for just 43 vacancies. Training program is currently underway for 13 students while the rest will join something in October/November. Last week, Fiat India Automobiles Ltd in association with FGA announced a ‘Diksha’, a technical skill development Program aimed at educational avenues and technical training for Indian youth to acquire necessary skill sets to be absorbed in the auto industry.
News release: Volkswagen opens up new perspectives for specialists from Southern Europe
Two-year trainee program “StartUp Europe” launched
The Volkswagen Group is now offering a new program for young people from Southern Europe, offering them an opportunity to kick-start a career with Europe’s largest automaker. The “StartUp Europe” trainee program is tailor-made for engineers wanting to gain international experience after obtaining their degree.
“Initially, Volkswagen is targeting this program at graduates from Spain and Europe,” says Dr.?Horst Neumann, Board member of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft responsible for Human Resources. “Even with good qualifications, many young people in Southern Europe have problems with entering a career in their home country. Our program offers good prospects, with the possibility of permanent employment following two years of training. Volkswagen is growing strongly throughout the world and is therefore highly interested in young people who have gained international experience at an early stage.”
The “StartUp Europe” trainee program started this summer. Successful applicants will initially be employed for two years. In the first two months, they will work in the appropriate subsidiary in Spain or Portugal, followed by up to 21 months with a Group company in Germany.
The two-year program also includes seminars, language courses, dialog with trainees and support by mentors. Following the completion of the program, continued employment is possible.
The program is extremely attractive for young graduates from Spain and Portugal. More than 1,800 applications have already been received for the 43 vacancies. For 13 participants, the program has already started. They are due to be joined by the others in October and November.