Skoda trains 12,000 employees in electromobility

14 August 2019

Skoda trains 12,000 employees in electromobility

14 August 2019

Skoda is preparing both its staff and employees of its suppliers for the demands of electromobility through a series of new training courses.

The carmaker is also opening the teaching to students and has announced that the company’s Skoda Academy had already trained over 12,000 employees by the end of June 2019. Approximately 1,450 members of staff at supplier companies and around 700 students also completed training courses. Skoda’s Technical Training department developed the content of the courses for the various target groups.

‘The introduction of electromobility is bringing changes to many company departments. This places completely new demands on our training and development programmes,’ said Bohdan Wojnar, Skoda AUTO Board Member for Human Resources.

‘The Skoda Academy not only offers Skoda staff and suppliers a wide range of new training formats, but the content has also been optimised and completely realigned. Thanks to our state-of-the-art technologies and highly qualified staff who are keen to learn, we are perfectly equipped for the future demands of electromobility.’

Tiered structure

For skilled staff, Skoda AUTO has launched a three-tier qualification programme: The first tier takes place exclusively in the classroom and is tailored towards employees that will be dealing with high-voltage components in their future role, e.g. logistics or production staff.
 
The second tier can also be carried out without practical training on a vehicle. Target groups include specialists such as body makers or painters who might work on an electric car.
 
The third tier takes place in the electromobility lab and consists of numerous practical sessions on a real vehicle. This qualification tier is aimed at students and employees from specialist areas with a primary focus on electronics, who will also be working on vehicle systems. The training content includes identifying and repairing defects in an electric car’s wiring loom as well as in its high-voltage components. As an extension to this third tier, Skoda AUTO is also training specialists in the diagnosis of issues with high-voltage batteries.
 
In autumn 2019, Skoda AUTO will begin serial production of components for electric Volkswagen Group vehicles at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The high-voltage batteries made in Mladá Boleslav will be used in plug-in hybrids based on the modular transverse platform, MQB.