What are the key stages of the recruitment process?
First, you’ll need to send in your CV and cover letter and answer some of our online screening questions. If you’re successful at this stage, you’ll be invited to take part in a telephone interview. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an assessment centre at our head office in Milton Keynes and you’ll be asked to complete some online tests prior to attending.
Do I need to be a recent graduate?
No. Anyone with the necessary grades can apply. You’ll need to bring proof of your qualifications.
What are the minimum requirements to apply?
You’ll need to be working towards at least a 2:1 degree (of any discipline). As well as your qualifications, we look for relevant work experience, ambition and a determination to succeed. You’ll also need to have the right to work in the UK.
What kind of person are you looking for?
We’re looking for graduates who think differently. Ambition, curiosity, intellectual edge and an entrepreneurial spirit will work in your favour too. Graduates are the future leaders of our business, so we want people with the right drive and energy. The most successful graduates on this programme are the ones who are always looking for new opportunities to learn and develop professionally. If you have that kind of determination, you’re the kind of person we want in our business.
Can I apply if I have a disability?
Yes of course. We’re an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all candidates. Please let us know if you have any special requirements so that we can take these into consideration during the recruitment process.
Will my travel expenses be reimbursed?
If you’re invited to one of our assessment centres, we’ll put you up in a local hotel, provide you with breakfast and get you to and from our offices. You’ll also be invited to an evening meal the night before the event, where you’ll get to meet the other candidates and some of our employees. Any additional travel expenses will not be reimbursed.
If I get a place on the programme, where will I be based?
All positions are based in the Volkswagen Group UK head office in Milton Keynes. Because some of our graduates move to Milton Keynes for the programme, an established community of graduates has evolved here. This is a great social network for anyone who is new to the area.
What’s the remuneration like?
You’ll start on a salary of £30,000 and at the end of the first year, you’ll get a £1,000 bonus. At the end of your second year, you’ll get another pay and bonus review. Any increases are discretionary and based on performance.
What development is available on the programme?
As well as challenging placements you’ll receive structured learning and development throughout the programme. This includes a mentor, regular meetings with your managers, 360 degree feedback, shadowing opportunities and the chance to compete for an international placement.
You can take on any extra projects that interest you and we’ll teach you useful business skills throughout the programme, including how to create a personal brand, how to use body language when talking to stakeholders, and how to make important financial decisions.
Can I choose my placements?
No, but our placements are designed to give you the best experience possible and the opportunity to be involved with a variety of roles, business areas and functions. The structure of the programme sets you up for your future career with at VWG – and we’ll take your preferences into consideration where possible. Your first placement will last one year, and the following two placements will each last six months. You could be doing anything from managing product merchandise at Škoda, to reporting on used car performance at Volkswagen Passenger Cars. That way, you pick up broad commercial knowledge and expertise. Check out our graduate timelines to see the direction previous graduates have taken their careers.
What does the two year programme look like?
It’s a combination of placements, project work, personal development and experiences to fully immerse yourself in our business. This is mapped out across the two years so you can see exactly what your journey looks likes – click here for a full programme overview.
What happens when I finish the programme?
You’re guaranteed a permanent role with us when you finish the programme. A few months before you finish, we’ll talk through the different options with you. With two years of broad commercial experience, you’ll now have the opportunity to specialise if there’s a particular business area or function you think you can make a big impact in. There is also potential for a one year international placement at the end of the programme.
Will I have the chance to visit the office and meet my manager
before I start the programme?
Yes. If you’re successful, we’ll be in regular contact with you over the summer and will hold a welcome event in July.
If I’m a graduate, but the scheme isn’t for me, are there any
Yes. There are a number of other opportunities available with us and you can find out more about working for Volkswagen Group and our latest vacancies here: http://vwgcareers.co.uk