Audi has been an especially appealing employer for years among university graduates and young professionals. According to the renowned employer rankings published by the consulting institutes trendence and Universum, young engineers and economists picked Audi in 2012 as Germany’s most appealing employer for the third consecutive year.
The company needs experts in all fields – not only for innovative Audi specialties such as lightweight design, networking and electric mobility. Audi relies heavily on recruitment and training to attract just the right minds among the best candidates. Audi fosters interns and doctoral candidates, provides assistance with thesis projects and offers dual-track practical/academic degree programs. Audi strives to establish contact with young talents as early as possible, to foster them and to acquire and retain them as employees thanks to the appealing conditions of employment and opportunities for career development.
The Audi Group has expanded its workforce at every site and as of December 31, 2012 employs 68,804 people worldwide. 50,150 of them work in Germany. The Ingolstadt site alone employs 35,386 people, 1,611 of whom are apprentices. More specifically, there are 1,361 industrial-technical apprentices, 117 business apprentices, and 133 dual-track education participants. In September 2012, 464 young people (326 males, 138 females) began their training in 24 careers in Ingolstadt. 52 of them enrolled in a dual vocational training program in which they will also qualify for admission to university studies as they complete their training.
The age structure of German society is changing, and the Audi workforce is also gradually getting older. Audi has been taking this into consideration for several years now. AUDI AG has developed a series of measures to help its staff enjoy a long and healthy career. The focus here is on prevention. For example, ergonomic working conditions were established in both Production and the offices at the Ingolstadt site. The health checkup available to all employees plays a major role in the workforce’s excellent state of health.
Audi helps its staff maintain a harmonious work/family balance by means of many different working-time models and the option of working from home. In September 2012, the company once again expanded its ” childcare program “Audi Spielraum”. Employees can bring their young children there to be looked after on an hourly or daily basis. This is especially practical whenever a meeting is unexpectedly scheduled at short notice – or if an employee must go on a business trip or the child’s kindergarten is closed. Audi is also committed to fostering its female staff. The carmaker is working on further increasing the percentage of women working in the Group, from trainees through upper management.