Diversity report 2020 / Internationalization
ŠKODA AUTO is active in more than one
We welcome foreign graduates among our employees as
hundred markets in the world. Each custo-
part of the Trainee Program. This is an annual talent pro-
mer is unique and has individual needs, habits
originating from the environment in which
gram for university graduates who can apply within one
year after their graduation, and during a one-year-long period, they can try different job positions according to their
they live, where they grew up, and what
focus and really choose what they enjoy and are interested
socio-economic circles they are from. This
in, including one trip abroad. Within the program itself,
means that we must keep the diversity of our
they participate in different projects and activities focused
customers in mind throughout the life cycle
of our products. To identify their real needs,
on their development. Above all, they become part of the
international community of current and former trainees.
we need diverse teams. Ethnic-diverse teams
Another project in support of the internationalization
help us understand our customers‘ cultural
at ŠKODA AUTO is the possibility of international job
and ethnic environment and better recognize
rotations throughout VW Group. As part of development
their requirements and needs or how they
make decisions and what is crucial for them
during this process.
programs for future management roles, our employees
can participate in international projects and be sent abroad
for an extended period ranging from one year onwards.
Employees can then benefit from the exchange of know-how, mutual project support, and personal development.
All this is also sustained by intercultural training.
However, the need for diversity should not be limited to
the product or customer only. We must understand that
society, in general, is changing. The younger generations that grew up in a global environment have a more
affluent cultural background, thanks to the Internet, social
networks, and global content consumption. They have a
more extensive range of possibilities, and the international
aspect of diversity is part of their world compared to the
ŠKODA AUTO has a long tradition of international cooperation. Our employee base includes over five thousand
foreigners from more than fifty countries, all working in
different positions ranging from blue collars to managers.
We have direct responsibility within the VW Group in
regions like India, Russia, and North Africa and subsidiaries
in Germany and Slovakia.