The individual skills and technical expertise of our employees are a major factor contributing to the Volkswagen Group’s success. Our aim of becoming the top employer in the automotive industry improves Volkswagen’s chances of recruiting and retaining the most talented employees.
Our strategic, end-to-end human resources development strategy gives all employees attractive training and development opportunities, with particular emphasis placed on increasing technical expertise in the Company’s different vocational groups. By continuously expanding our recruitment tools and boosting training programs, particularly at our international locations, we are able to adequately address the challenges posed by growth on the human resources side.
In addition to the standard twin-track vocational training, programs such as our StIP integrated degree and traineeship scheme ensure a pipeline of highly qualified and motivated employees. At a cross-functional level, the Top 100 program ensures that key expertise continues to be acquired and propagated within the Volkswagen Group. The program is based on the tandem principle, i.e. knowledge and expertise are transferred from person to person. We counter the risk that knowledge will be lost as a result of employee fluctuation and retirement with intensive, department-specific training. We have also expanded our base of senior experts in the Group to ensure that the valuable knowledge of specialists retiring from Volkswagen is transferred to other employees.
Participation and codetermination are factors in the Volkswagen Group’s success. Employee involvement and motivation are two sides of the same coin. We aim to maintain a culture of participation at Volkswagen internationally as well. The challenge lies in crafting labor relations with the many trade unions and stakeholder representatives worldwide. We have created a framework for this with our Labor Relations Charter and have pledged our commitment to it.