Undergraduate

What are you driven by? Whether it’s numbers or strategy, marketing or technology, our Undergraduate placement will let you test your skills, work in real business roles on key projects, and turn your knowledge and passion into a real-world, value-adding impact on this twelve-month placement, you’ll immerse yourself in one of our five very different brands or business functions, and develop specialist expertise in your chosen area. At the same time, you’ll do important work, put forward ideas and participate in high-profile projects.

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Programme Overview

One group. Five brands. Unlimited possibilities. This is what Volkswagen Group UK can offer you. Whether its numbers or strategy, marketing or technology, the Volkswagen Group UK Undergraduate Placement is the perfect place to explore and develop your professional interests.

Throughout the twelve-month placement, you’ll be given responsibility, training and direction. Immersing yourself in one of our five brands or business functions, developing expertise in your chosen area of interest, and receiving support along the way. And, at the end of the Placement, you’ll be in a great position to be considered for our Graduate Programme. To find out more information and apply, search Undergraduate Programme in the search bar.

Working here

You’ll be one of the team, your ideas will be listened to and you’ll be able to influence key business decisions. Like some of our Graduates, you might even find yourself designing and launching initiatives to be used across the Group.

  • Personal development

    Over 12 months, your placement will challenge, inspire and develop you, using a combination of structured learning and on-the-job experience. To make sure we give you the opportunities and exposure you need to grow, we’ll examine your application closely before aligning you to a business area that suits your skills and interests. We’ll then focus on giving you the support you need to progress and, at the end of the process, be considered for a place on our Graduate Programme.

  • Benefits

    You’ll start on a £17,500 salary and get a new car every six months (full, clean driving licence required). You can also enjoy activities that reflect your interests, from new car launches across 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.

Programme process

  • Apply online for the programme

  • Complete aptitude testing (Numerical and Verbal reasoning)

  • Complete a video interview

  • Attend Assessment centre

  • Receive offer

  • Attend a welcome event before starting

  • Full induction programme as part of onboarding

  • Collect your new car!

  • Work in ‘real jobs’. Not just supporting roles, real roles!

  • Have the opportunity to attend training courses to upskill during the programme

  • Complete set projects over the course of your placement

  • Get to network, make friends and learn at the same time

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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 centres.

What are the minimum requirements to apply?

Our placement is open to any student at a UK university who is eligible to work full-time in the UK for twelve months. Students should be on a sandwich degree or course which offers a one-year industrial placement. We’re looking for strong academic achievers but we also want well-rounded, ambitious people with plenty of motivation and a ‘can-do’ attitude. You’ll be working alongside senior members of our team on important projects, so your written and verbal communication skills must be exemplary and it's important that you’re a strong team player who wants to learn more about our business.

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.

If I get an Undergraduate placement, where will I be based?

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

What’s the package on offer?

£17,500 per year plus a discretionary bonus.

What development is available on the placements?

As well as a challenging placement you’ll receive structured learning and development throughout your time with us. This includes a buddy, regular meetings with your managers, shadowing opportunities and the chance to be considered for the Graduate programme.

You can take on any extra projects that interest you and we’ll teach you useful business skills throughout the programme, including usage of corporate systems (e.g. Microsoft Office), time management and organisation, presentation skills, and commercial awareness courses.

What does the 12 month placement look like?

It’s a combination of project work, personal development and experiences designed to fully immerse you in our business.

How is my placement decided?

When you send us your application, you’ll be asked to apply for a particular stream, such as Finance or Marketing. Our HR team will then allocate placements based on where we think you’ll fit in best. It’s important to remember that all of our placements are equally challenging, and will give you the opportunity to work with a variety of people from across the Group.

What happens at the end of the placement?

Throughout your twelve months with us, we’ll be supporting you and tracking your progress. As you develop, we’ll sit down with you to talk about your longer term aspirations and what the Graduate programme can offer you. If you’re interested in taking the next step, we’ll offer you an assessment and, if you’re successful, we’ll offer you a place on the following year’s intake.

Why are the adverts based on streams rather than specific roles?

We have over placements across our business which fall into 6 main disciplines which make up the streams. Our team will then allocate placements based on where we think you’ll fit in best. It’s important to remember that all of our placements are equally challenging, and will give you the opportunity to work with a variety of people from across the Group.

Apply now

Our assessment process includes online testing as well as video interviews. To find out more information and apply, search Undergraduate Programme in the search bar.