Cooperation with Universities
ŠKODA iV DAY Roadshow
ŠKODA AUTO visits nine Czech universities to present its latest electromobility solutions
he ŠKODA iV DAY Roadshow, which forms part of the carmaker’s long-term support of technical education, began on 22 September at the University of Pardubice. The event lasted until the end of October, and ŠKODA AUTO visited nine Czech universities during this time. The roadshow featured lectures and discussions with Technical Development, Production and Logistics, and IT experts, who presented the full range of electrified iV vehicles to those who were interested: from the purely electric SUV ENYAQ iV up to the plug-in hybrid variants SUPERB iV, OCTAVIA iV and OCTAVIA iV RS. In addition to the cars, the students were also able to get a closer look at the main electric car components (traction battery, electric motor and charging system).
The students of technical and IT disciplines had the opportunity to learn about electric vehicles and their key components.
“Our cooperation with universities has a long tradition at ŠKODA AUTO. The automotive industry is currently undergoing a major transformation, so I see quality technical education and talent support as key to the carmaker’s future”, says Maren Gräf, Board Member for Human Resources Management. There is currently a great demand for young talent in the electrical engineering sector and, based on the experience from academia, it is essential to support this area as much as possible. That is why ŠKODA AUTO already launched its Tech Trainee programme for university graduates at the beginning of this year. Its objective is to identify talented candidates, particularly in the fields of electromobility and digitisation, and it will introduce young candidates to the necessary fundamentals for the in-demand and specialised professions during their one-year training. It has also changed the way of organising our open houses. Whereas they used to take place directly at the carmaker’s facilities, it now organises roadshows. These allow the carmaker to establish closer contacts among experts and academia and reach more students from various technical disciplines with a focus on electrical engineering, IT, cybersecurity and the automotive industry. ED
University of Pardubice
Technical University of Liberec
Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
Czech Technical University in Prague
Prague University of Economics and Business
Technical University of Ostrava
Brno University of Technology
University of Hradec Králové
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
What Awaits the Best Trainees?
Another 13 trainees join the ranks of the Student Talent Pool Programme
here is a lot of interest in joining the Student Talent Pool Programme. Every year, the selection process brings together nominations of nearly 100 ŠKODA trainees; approximately one in 10 is chosen. Talented trainees are nominated for the programme by their supervisors. The candidates then complete a selection process consisting of language and diagnostic test. The most successful ones proceed to the second round participate in an oral interview with the recruiter.
For students, joining the programme is a matter of prestige. It is a gateway to becoming an internal ŠKODA employee in the future, but its benefits also include a better salary, among others. In addition, the programme members can take a number of development courses focused on both professional knowledge and communication skills. During their regular rounds, they learn about various areas of ŠKODA AUTO and can also meet the carmaker’s managers. “In total, around 45 to 50 trainees are included in the programme”, said Markéta Jarošová from the STR/1 – Employer Branding department.
Each trainee has a role to play in the programme. Depending on their choice, they can become a ‘buddy’, ambassador or they can support PR and HR team. Currently, the Student Talent Pool Programme is greatly interested in technically and IT oriented students. ED