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The new dream car of 23 trainees from the Škoda AUTO Vocational School: the sassy Pickup Škoda FUNstar. The fun vehicle concept, based on the new Škoda Fabia, is the result of Škoda’s ‘trainee car’ project, which was run for the first time last year. The Škoda FUNstar will be celebrating its public debut at the 2015 GTI Meeting at Wörthersee.
The 2 young women and 21 young men have been tinkering on their very own vehicle project since November 2014. Developing ideas and discussing possible solutions, drawing, designing and above all, they have built a very special, a unique car. Inventiveness and flexibility are just as important as pragmatism and implementation skills. The trainees have been supported in their work by Škoda chief designer Jozef Kabaň and Škoda AUTO Production Director Michael Oeljeklaus. The new ‘Trainee Car’ is almost ready; the premiere takes place at the legendary GTI Meeting at Wörthersee in mid-May 2015.
This is the second year in a row that the Czech manufacturer has given selected trainees the opportunity to create their dream car. The company’s goal with this programme is to promote and strengthen the vocational students’ creativity and expertise. “After the excellent results of the Škoda Trainee Car premiere last year, it was clear that we would continue the project,” says Škoda HR Director Bohdan Wojnar. “We are once again delighted with our students’ creative ideas and their goal-oriented implementation. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the project, especially the teachers at the Škoda AUTO Vocational School. The Škoda FUNstar is a great concept car that is going to surprise and inspire visitors at the GTI Meeting.”
Training young people is a key part of the Czech car manufacturer’s social responsibility. The training is free; moreover, students are paid for their work during their apprentices. After successfully completing the training, Škoda offers all graduates a permanent job.
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