Thanks Jennifer. This is fantastic background on the Skoda success story. In Europe one only has to observe the number of Skodas on the roads and in people's driveways to realize Skoda is a vastly improved company these days. I wonder if we will ever see a similar success story coming out of Russia. Everyone knows Russia is very successful exploiting its natural resources (oil and gas) but I am yet to see any worldclass design and manufacturing companies emerge from Russia. Can anyone out there shed any light on this quandary?
"Škoda has invested more than 15 million euros ($21.5 million) in its Na Karmeli skills training facility, making it the largest corporate training center in the Czech Republic"
Thanks for the post. I am sure this effort by Skoda to impart skills to its employees will definitely benefit it, because employees are the key part of the company. If employees are happy, their productivity will automatically increase.
Stepanrehak - Thanks. Assuming if you can confirm info, you may be associated with the company. If so, in what capacity? Can you tell us more about the "gearing up and investing in people" plan? Which areas are getting the most attention in terms of boosting people power and, generally, which corporate areas have become vital investment sweet spots? Also, any thoughts on broader manufacturing trends in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly on this idea of moving away from low-cost volume production to efficient, high-quality manufacturing? It appears that Škoda is both going for increased volume by breaking into new regions, but that its overall approach has shifted from low-cost local products to worldwide quality branding. Thanks in advance for any additional comments you can provide. - Jenn
I do work for Skoda in HR department as a Recruitment Specialist. For this year we are planning to recruit more then 750 people for administrative positions and even more next year. This is part of Simply Grow strategy which is on since start 2011. Skoda is planning to sell up to double the amount of car sold last year - 762 000 ww. Skoda is massively investing in people. You mentioned our University but also everyone has a chance to work for 2 - 3 years in China, India, Russia or in VW. I can see that Skoda and people around me are focusing on this 3 countries as this is our chance to be bigger and more recognisable. I dont think that we have more regions left. We are curently operating in 103 countries.
I am sorry but I dont have information about manufacturing as I am responsible for Marketing, Sales and HR departments.
stephanrehak: Thanks for sharing all these details. Sounds like a innovative and progress-minded approach and an important way to better position the company for future growth. Actually, it's refreshing to hear about a company doing something like this...so many companies are still shaking off the recession and perhaps way too slowly building back their workforces/making similar investments. Keep us posted on the Simply Grow program.
this is a good example of why investing in employees is necessary. Every company and sector is different and fresh graduates may not come under the company's growth strategy unless taught. VW's support has been a crutial factor for Skoda to come back to profit, IMO. Its long way for Skoda to keep its feat in India and other countries as the competition is hard but i think differentiation is the key.
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