Volkswagen Group honors its best apprentices

  • Volkswagen AG honored the winners of the prestigious Best Apprentice Award professional competition — a total of 46 talented specialists with 16 vocations representing the divisions of the concern in 19 countries
  • Alexander Vinokurov, employee Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga, became one of the laureates of the Award in 2018
  • The Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Dr. Herbert Diess: «In the future too, we will need a team that is motivated, competent and committed, and also welcomes change.»

The Volkswagen Group, in the framework of the annual Best Apprentice Award, honored the best young professionals for outstanding achievements and professionalism, demonstrated in 2018. Awards to 46 talented employees with 16 vocations were presented by the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Dr. Herbert Diss, the Member of the Board of Management with responsibilty for Human Resources, Gunnar Kilian, and the President of the Global Group Works Council, Bernd Osterloh.

Volkswagen Group honors its best apprentices
Volkswagen Group honors its best apprentices

In 2018, the Volkswagen Group presented the Best Apprentice Award for the 18th time, and since 2001, 523 young professionals have received awards. At the awards ceremony, held in the CongressPark in Wolfsburg in December, 14 young women and 32 young men were honored. 18 of the award-winners had already been honored in their home countries for their commitment to their companies and for their knowledge and skills in their training vocations. 21 of the Best Apprentice Award winners will be starting a degree course to develop their knowledge and skills in greater depth. Three of the award-winners from Germany will be receiving two years of individual support in their professional family within the «talent group for young specialists».

«You have every reason to be proud because you are among the world’s best apprentices of the Volkswagen Group. In the future too, we will need a team that is motivated, competent and committed, and also welcomes change. If you want to keep pace with the major challenges of our times, you must demonstrate flexibility and be ready to accept change,» said Diess at the award ceremony.

Gunnar Kilian said: «Volkswagen offers almost 20,000 young people throughout the world excellent training in about 60 vocations and 50 dual courses of study. We have successfully transferred dual vocational training to locations throughout the world and train our budding specialists at our plants across the globe on the basis of this model. The award winners have made exemplary use of this training and laid a firm foundation for a successful career. Dual vocational training also lays solid groundwork in an era of rapid technological change which calls for continuous advanced training.»

One of the laureates of the Best Apprentice Award is Alexander Vinokurov, operator of automatic and semi-automatic lines, machine tools and installations of Volkswagen Group Rus engine plant. Alexander studied in a technical college in Kaluga, where he obtained theoretical knowledge, and at the engine plant, where he applied his skills in practice, at the same time. According to results of the final exam, he received the highest score, and now bears the honorary title of the best student of the dual vocational training program.

«My victory in the competition, a trip to Germany, a meeting with the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group — all of these things are a great motivation for further development at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant,» said Alexander Vinokurov. «Everybody started out small. The main thing is to have the desire and strive for your goal. Try to delve into all the processes of the work and treat it responsibly. And of course, do not forget about self-development.»