Girls’ Day at the Audi Training Department in Neckarsulm
Girls from secondary schools in the region get a insight into industrial careers on Girls’ Day at the Audi Training Department in Neckarsulm. Real-world examples show technical and technology-related career opportunities.
By participating in the eighth nationwide Girls’ Day, Audi hopes to spark young women’s interest in the company’s industrial vocational training: “We’ve had good experience with training girls and we’d like to improve our proportion of young women,” said Andrea Fiess, director of training at Neckarsulm. Girls’ Day offers Audi a good opportunity to make girls aware of the possibilities offered by technical career fields and to attract future female job applicants.
More than 200 girls from 22 schools in the region surrounding the Neckarsulm location receive information on industrial jobs that require training, such as “electrical engineer for automation technology” or “body and vehicle construction mechanic”.
“Audi offers girls interesting opportunities to enter the workforce and to advance, particularly in technical and technology-related fields,” Fiess said. With the use of real-world examples in the training department’s workshops, the participants learn how interesting jobs such as working at a bench vice can be. The young women can get better acquainted with individual occupations through dialog with trainers and trainees, which can provide them with important guidance in selecting their careers.
Young women in Germany are particularly well-educated. Nonetheless, only a small proportion of female students select a field with a technical focus when choosing what to study.
About 125,000 girls participate in Girls’ Day throughout Germany, at more than 7,500 companies and institutions from industry, the trades, research, politics and the media.
AUDI AG sold a total of 964,151 cars in 2007 and thus achieved its twelfth consecutive record year. With revenue of €33,617 million and profit before tax of €2,915 million, the company attained its best figures ever. Audi produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Györ (Hungary), Changchun (China) and Brussels (Belgium). At the end of 2007, production of the Audi A6 started in Aurangabad, India. The company is active in more than 100 markets worldwide. AUDI AG’s wholly owned subsidiaries include Automobili Lamborghini Hoolding S.p.A. in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm. Audi employs about 54,000 people worldwide, including 45,000 in Germany. The brand with the four rings invests more than € 2 billion each year in order to sustain the company’s technological lead embodied in its “Vorsprung durch Technik” slogan. Audi plans to significantly increase the number of models in its portfolio by 2015, from the 26 currently on offer to 40.