100 days later
Head of SE – ŠKODA Academy
You came from Volkswagen Slovakia’s production plant in Bratislava. What was your job there?
I created and then managed the Organisational Development department for five years. The experience I gained will definitely be useful at ŠKODA AUTO.
You also worked at the Audi Academy. How does it compare with the Czech facility?
In terms of content, they are very similar in many respects, although they still differ. They can learn a lot from each other, so I am trying to establish close cooperation. I think the ŠKODA Academy has a great advantage in its secondary vocational school (VSME).
How did you spend your first days and weeks in Mladá Boleslav?
I got acquainted with the environment of the ŠKODA Academy and my new job before I started work, so the integration was quick and intensive. My experience so far has been very positive. I lead a strong team that is working on many interesting projects, not only related to education.
The automotive industry is changing. How does it affect education?
The demands on every employee have increased because of enormous changes. The role of the ŠKODA Academy is clear in this respect. It is about continuing to offer the upskilling of employees in accordance with the carmaker’s strategy and to support innovative ways of thinking, as well as developing the corporate culture and personal growth. It is not enough to keep up with the times – we need to be one step ahead!
On what pillars do you want to build education at the ŠKODA Academy?
I believe that the key to success is cooperation between people from different areas. Joint results bring joy. Enthusiastic and inquisitive people with open minds learn because they are interested and take initiative. They then find it easier to acquire skills and knowledge. Therefore, it is necessary to start working with the young generation and to develop their interest in acquiring new knowledge, which will result in a desire to learn throughout their lives. red