Consulting firms Trendence and Universum have named Audi as the most desired employer among young engineering students in Germany. The studies also found the automaker is also becoming increasingly popular among young IT experts, attracting the fourth most of these kinds of professionals behind Google, Microsoft and Apple.
Audi is a desired employer for young professionals as the automaker provides innovative tasks for employees to work on coupled with an attractive salary, a good work-life balance and individual development opportunities. These same factors also attract a high number of business management students to the company.
“In connection with the mobility of the future, bold ideas and new concepts are required,” said Audi Board of Management Member for Human Resources Thomas Sigi. “Topics such as connectivity or piloted driving fascinate young development engineers and show what makes Vorsprung durch Technik so special at Audi.”
Many students are first introduced to Audi as an employer through internship programs. The automaker says more than 1,600 students passed through the company in intern positions last year and others collaborated with the company by doing their doctoral thesis on the brand. Particularly talented students can also complete a ‘Studies and Experience in Practice’ course with the automaker at its main site in Ingolstadt.
It’s a good so many young people are interested in working at Audi, as the automaker plans to hire 6,000 new employees worldwide this year, 4,000 of which will be in Germany. The increased workforce is necessary for Audi to follow through with its plan of increasing its product range to 60 models by the year 2020.