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* Audi starts "Initiative for more Training" * Agreement signed
600 more apprenticeships at Audi! "Together with the Works Council
we have started a unique 'Initiative for more Training'", declared
Dr. h. c. Andreas Schleef , Member of the Audi Board for Human
Resources, today at the signing of the company agreement in
Ingolstadt. Audi is finding itself increasingly frequently at the
limits of its production capacity. The labour market has been swept
clean, explained Schleef, and, more than ever before, there is a lack
of qualified personnel in metalworking and electrical engineering
The new concept proposes to increase the number of apprenticeships
per training year by a total of 195 to 687 at the Ingolstadt and
Neckarsulm plants from 2001. As Schleef explained, "This can be
realised within a short period by extending daily training hours".
This will gradually increase the total number of apprenticeships from
around 1,400 at the moment to more than 2,000.
For key professions, such as "mechatronic", industrial electronics
engineer and production mechanic, Audi is planning to introduce
staggered training hours in the form of a special shift model.
Apprentices will be able to take time off in lieu for working the
late shift. Training will take about three and a half years. Once the
first group of apprentices have completed their vocational training,
which will be monitored scientifically, it will be decided in 2005
once the results have been presented whether this new arrangement
should apply for an indefinite period. "This measure means greater
flexibility in the training sector. It is a unique offer which will
help create jobs and ensure the future of our production sites, a new
alliance for training", declared Xaver Meier, Chairman of the General
The Audi Group had a total workforce of 48,402 as at 30 June 2000
(up 6.4 percent on the previous year). Audi has taken on more than
10,000 employees at its German plants in the last five years. Around
two thirds of industrial employees are skilled metalworkers.
Audi is an international developer and manufacturer of
high-quality cars. The company maintains production sites in Germany,
Hungary, Brazil, China and South Africa. In 1999 Audi supplied around
635,000 cars and produced more than 1.2 million engines, bringing in
sales revenues in excess of DM 29.6 billion.
Note: A photo of industrial apprentices at Audi can be obtained
through obs (dpa).
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