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Škoda Academy focuses on digital

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Last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Škoda Academy moved consistently to online offerings.

Trainees and students at the company’s training facility now benefit from a diverse virtual training programme that is continuously being expanded. IT courses, in particular, are in high demand, with 4,100 people enrolled. The company is also pushing ahead with the development of its workforce in the field of electromobility: to date, more than 16,500 employees have completed special courses.

When production in the Czech plants came to a halt during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, training programmes also had to be suspended. In response, the Škoda Academy increasingly digitalised its courses and focused on live webinars. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, Škoda Auto had invested in the equipment required for distance learning for trainees and students. In addition, the company’s training facility developed new online tools.

To support employees and managers in the transition to remote working, Škoda Auto has launched the #STRONGERTOGETHER project. In addition to technological equipment, the car manufacturer provides its staff with the relevant materials, guides and further training opportunities so they can efficiently adapt to working remotely. Managers are learning new techniques to guide their teams through these changing conditions and the Škoda Academy has produced manuals and offers courses to support them.

Throughout this digital transformation, IT training has become even more important. Škoda Auto now covers the entire spectrum, offering everything from an introductory professional development course to comprehensive IT training programmes. For example, employees can train to become junior data analysts. The company places great importance on using state-of-the-art technologies that are also prevalent in the workplace, for example in the field of hydraulics and pneumatics or in control systems. Škoda Auto also looks at current training trends and, for example, uses live and online formats with gamification elements in e-learning. Deon provides a platform for virtual collaboration.

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