It takes courage to challenge the ordinary. We’re looking for a group of exceptional Graduates who’ve got the confidence, ambition and ability to become future leaders of the Volkswagen Group UK.

This structured two-year programme will give you the experience, training and knowledge you need to begin that journey. In doing so, you’ll be following in the footsteps of some of our current business leaders. If you’re driven, we can show you how to take your ideas and turn them into action.

The 2019 Graduate Programme application window is now closed and will reopen for 2020 opportunities in Autumn 2019.

About the Programme

  • Become an industry expert

    The more you experience, the more you learn. That’s what this programme is all about. We’ve designed it to include a wide range of roles and projects, which will provide you with broad commercial knowledge and experience. This won’t just be invaluable to you as you progress in your career – it will also help you to pick a path that suits you.

  • Face real challenges

    From digital marketing to planning and analysis, the placements you’ll work on are as rigorous as they are varied. You’ll be given projects with business-critical impact from the outset, and we’ll encourage you to suggest your own initiatives – like some on our programmes, you might even find yourself presenting them to our board of directors. You’ll also have the chance to shadow colleagues in other business areas.

  • Go beyond expectations

    When you complete the programme, you’ll have worked with five brands, built unparalleled industry knowledge and gained experience in roles you may never previously have considered. You’ll know how a fast-paced, commercial business works – but you’ll also know how to influence it.

Programme Overview

  • Jul
    • Welcome Event (prior to starting the Programme)
  • Sep
    • Placements>
      • Graduates Induction
      • Commence Placement 1
    • Project
      • Project Briefings
      • Mystery Shopping Project Workshop
    • Development
      • Personality Profiling
      • Meet Mentors
      • Create Personal Development Plan
  • Oct
    • Projects
      • Graduate Group Projects commence
    • Development
      • Presentation Skills Module
  • Nov
    • Projects
      • Mystery Shopping Project Presentations
  • Dec
    • Projects
      • Mystery Shopping Presentation Feedback
  • Jan
    • Development
      • Personal Branding Module
  • Feb
    • Projects
      • On the Road Project
  • Mar
    • Projects
      • On the Road Presentations
  • Apr
    • Projects
      • On the Road Project Feedback
      • Development
        • Commercial Awareness Module
  • Jun
    • Projects
      • Commercial Awareness Brief
  • Jul
    • Projects
      • Commercial Awareness Project Feedback
  • Aug
    • Development
      • 360 Feedback
      • Self reflection Session

Your Development

This programme combines on-the-job learning with structured formal training and regular collaboration with senior leadership. When you join, you’ll be assigned a mentor, who’ll be on-hand to offer insight and advice, and you’ll have regular meetings with your manager, whether over a coffee or something a bit more formal. During these meetings, you’ll create a personal and professional development plan, and map your progress against it.

Alongside this dedicated support network, you’ll be encouraged to accelerate your development by shadowing other departments and spending time on-the-road. The more you learn, the more we all benefit: if you want to explore new projects or take on new challenges, the answer will be ‘yes’. In addition to this, we’ll provide you with three structured training courses during your first year (such as personal branding and presentation skills).

This programme will be made up of a series of rotational placements. We’ve mapped these out across the two years, so you can see exactly what your journey looks likes – download a copy of the Programme Overview here.

What's in it for you?

You’ll start on a £30,000 salary and get a new car worth approximately £25,000 every four months so you could be driving home from your first day at Volkswagen Group UK in a top-of-the-range product like our Volkswagen Golf (full, clean driving license required). You can also enjoy activities that reflect your interests, from new car launches in the UK and Europe to testing new models before they’re released, attending product events, to working with the community, there’s always something going on.

£30,000 Salary

New car

27 days holiday

Pension scheme

Flexible Benefits

Shopping discount

Meet our Graduates

Loell

Graduate, Planning and Supply

Driven by intelligence Information is everything. I work at the heart of Volkswagen Group UK, using logistics to take thousands of cars from our factory to ports to showrooms. To do that, I analyse data, identify risks and opportunities, and find the best strategies for achieving our targets. My performance reports are used by the entire business, from the brand director through to the marketing and sales teams. It shows that, by using commercial intelligence, you can influence the direction of a major UK business.

George

Graduate, Sales Operations

Driven by development There’s no hand-holding here. If you join as a Graduate, you have to be ready to jump into the deep end. That’s what I enjoy most about this role – you have to learn, you have to be accountable and you have to take control of your development. I’ve already helped to bring a number of new projects into the business, like our customer experience survey. You do more than just look at the numbers – you make things happen. That’s the best way to make progress: developing a solution and then seeing it in action.

Kate

Graduate, Customer Quality and Network Development

Drive by performance This job is all about pushing your limits. I’m managing a range of projects that are improving the quality of our customer service, in new and innovative ways. At the same time, I’m learning to take on responsibility and do things more efficiently. We’re a dynamic brand, in a fast-paced industry – that’s pushing me to tackle new challenges, from refining our customer journey to managing our Mystery Shop programme. I’m helping to drive the performance of the business, and the business is driving me.

Sepi

Graduate, Planning

Driven by adventure When you’re passionate about your work, you progress. I’ve travelled internationally, met colleagues in different markets and seen the scale of what we do. It’s a huge, multifaceted business, with lots of paths to choose from. I’m driven by the knowledge that I can make that choice for myself – and I know I’ll have to tools and support I need to do it. If you’ve got the desire to learn, you can achieve anything here, even if your objectives change.

Meet our Business Leaders

Ben

Head of Planning and Supply (SEAT)

Driven by challenge My job is changing all the time. That’s why I always look forward to coming in to work – there really is no such thing as a typical day. We could be working out how to get cars delivered to a dealership at short notice to meet a customers needs, or planning the sales volumes of the brand for the next five years. In some cases, there might be millions of Euros in the balance. That responsibility is there for you to take, if you’re ready to take it on.

Kirsten

Head of Marketing (ŠKODA)

Driven by opportunity This is an incredibly ambitious business. But, even more importantly, we know how to harness – and create – opportunities. I noticed that when I arrived as a Graduate. Here, you can have all the benefits of a new job without having to leave your company. I’ve taken on different roles, worked in different business areas and travelled to different countries. Despite that, one thing hasn’t changed: I love the challenges of working here. If you’re able to learn from those experiences, there’s no limit to how far you can go.

John

Head of Sales Operations (ŠKODA)

Driven by curiosity Exploring ideas and testing new concepts. That’s what this job is all about: curiosity. From partnering with our factories in Beijing to creating long-term strategies for our operations at home, I’m working to develop our global network, find new ways to increase sales and enhance our capabilities. In this role, there’s always something else to build, learn or solve. That’s why I’m here and that’s what I do.

Assessment Process

If you're identified as a stand-out candidate following the initial CV screening stage and video interview; we’ll invite you to one of our assessment centres in Autumn 2018 where you’ll meet some of our Managers and other Graduates. This process is designed to help us both work out if a career here is right for you. Successful candidates will be offered a place soon after the assessment centre.

FAQs

What does the recruitment journey look like?

To get things started, we’ll ask you to send in your CV, answer some of our online screening questions and complete a video interview. If we feel like you’re the right fit for us, we’ll ask you to come along to our assessment centre in Milton Keynes.

Overall this process usually takes approximately six weeks and we’ll keep in touch with you throughout this time.

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 all driven by different things. What matters is that you’re just that: driven. We’re looking for people with the energy and determination to pursue a successful, long-term career, and who seek out opportunities to learn, develop and take responsibility. If you share that desire, you’re the kind of person we want to work with.

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.

Where will I be working?

All positions are based in the Volkswagen Group UK head office in Milton Keynes.

Here, you’ll discover a busy community of Graduates and Undergraduates, making up a tight-knit social and professional network.

What are the benefits?

As a Graduate, you’ll start on a £30,000 salary and get a new car worth approximately £25,000 every four months (as long as you have a full, clean UK driving licence). You’ll also receive 27 days’ holiday – plus bank holidays – a discretionary bonus, an award-winning pension scheme, a range of flexible benefits, employee well-being support, an on-site restaurant and shopping discounts.

What development is available?

This programme combines on-the-job learning with structured formal training and regular collaboration with senior leadership. When you join, you’ll be assigned a mentor, who’ll be on-hand to offer insight and advice, and you’ll have regular meetings with your manager, whether over a coffee or something a bit more formal. During these meetings, you’ll create a personal and professional development plan, and map your progress against it.

What does the Scheme look like?

Over two years, you’ll be given responsibility, training and direction. Exploring your interests and directing your journey in pursuit of them.

How many Graduate are you taking on in 2019?

We have 7 opportunities for graduates within VWG for 2019. The programme will be made up of a series of rotational placements. We’ve mapped these out across the two years, so you can see exactly what your journey looks likes – have a look at our Programme Overview.

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