September 7, 2020, Singapore – Around 420 apprentices and 23 dual study undergraduates have started their professional careers today at Audi in Ingolstadt.
The four rings brand has been training its career entrants in a total of 18 vocational fields for more than 70 years in Ingolstadt. The first day for the newcomers this year is quite different from the usual routine. The various vocational groups are being received at the Training Centre at different times and brought to the respective group rooms.
They are welcomed there via video by the board of management member for human resources Sabine Maaßen and by chairman of works council Peter Mosch, as well as by the older apprentices at Audi. This procedure ensures sufficient distance is maintained between the groups.
“It is especially important to us to guarantee our new apprentices the best possible start in a future-focused apprenticeship, despite the challenging situation,” said its head of vocational training coordination Christoph Hermreck in a statement.
He added that digital learning tools also play a central role.
“We’ve already gained a lot of experience in this area through the conversion to digital platforms and virtual learning. The new generation of apprentices is benefiting from this,” Christoph said.
Meanwhile, Peter said “Only a solid and modern apprenticeship can prepare the skilled employees of tomorrow for the challenges of the future in the best possible way. We are providing our young Audi employees with exactly that kind of training,”
Audi is offering dual vocational education with practical training in future-oriented skills related to connected automobiles and system, data management and modern communication system. Apprentices acquire practical know-how in the training centre or at learning stations while also being equipped with theoretical knowledge at the vocational school.
This year, the company introduced a new feature which is the commercial apprenticeship in the area of digitalisation management, a broadening of the apprenticeship for former IT management assistants. As an interface function between IT and specialist areas, the focus here is also on the digital development of business models and on the topics of data protection and security.
Audi is adapting its vocational training to the digitalisation process within the company and is training specialists in relevant areas at an early stage. For the first time, a paramedic is also being trained.
Another offer in the apprenticeship range is the possibility of additional qualification in various vocational fields including digital networking or additive manufacturing (3D printing). These are completed with an additional Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) examination.
In addition to vocational training, the four rings brand also offers the dual study programme – Audi Dual. The programme also includes practical assignments within the company on top of the theoretical course content.
“A dual course of study provides a practice-oriented head start into the incredibly wide-ranging careers in our company,” said the head of coordination for dual courses study Marco Reich.
The trend towards IT and digitalisation, alongside the technical subject of mechanical engineering, can also be seen in the fields of study being offered. Audi is cooperating with the Technical University of Ingolstadt and the Technical University of Munich.
After successful completion, Audi guarantees students and apprentices a permanent position.
The application phase for the 2021 training year is currently underway. Prospective applicants can still apply via the Audi career site until October 16, 2020. Further information can be found at https://www.audi.com/en/career/pupils.html