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Apr 29, 2014 | International News
Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen brands achieve top rankings in survey conducted by strategic consultant Universum

Engineering and business students would prefer to work in the automotive industry, preferably for one of the Volkswagen Group brands, once they have completed their studies. That is one of the findings of a survey among students at German universities conducted by the strategic consultant Universum. Three Group brands were awarded top rankings by students from these two fields of study: Audi (first place), Porsche (third place) and the Volkswagen brand (fourth place). The findings are based on responses from over 17,000 engineering and business students.

27.9 percent of young engineers named Audi as their ideal employer. The most popular employers for engineering students also included Porsche with 23.9 percent and Volkswagen with 17.2 percent. In the opinion of business students, Audi scored 20.9 percent, Porsche 17.6 percent and the Volkswagen brand 14.5 percent.

Dr. Horst Neumann, Board Member for Human Resources at Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, commented: "The survey's findings confirm we are on the way to becoming a top employer. At Volkswagen we set great store by the specialist competence and commitment of our employees. We are delighted well-qualified young talent is aware that the international Volkswagen Group offers them very good development opportunities. With a top team, we are aiming to become the economic and environmental leader among automobile manufacturers. That is why we are recruiting the best people."

Only recently, a study by the trendence institute indicated that a career with the Volkswagen Group is highly attractive for engineering graduates. In this study, too, top rankings went to Audi (first place), Porsche (third place) and Volkswagen (fourth place).

Each year, the Volkswagen Group strengthens its team with several thousand university graduates, who start their career with a trainee program. The StartUp Direct trainee program focuses on training within a specialist area. Graduates with an international orientation can gain experience at several international Group locations on the StartUp Cross trainee program. Volkswagen also offers a program for doctoral students, direct entry for candidates with more than three years' experience as well as opportunities for vacation work, students' internships and work on undergraduate theses.