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 six 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.
One group. Six 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 six 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.
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.
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.
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.
Apply online for the programme
Complete aptitude testing (Numerical, Verbal and Situational Judgement assessments)
Complete a video interview
Attend Assessment centre
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
Meet our people
The Volkswagen Group placement scheme gives you so much responsibility straight from day one. The atmosphere is also really supportive and open which makes it really easy to ask questions and develop both personally and professionally.
- Name: Lydia Thomas
- Title: Learning & Development coordinator
- Function: Human Resources
I work in Sales Operations at Audi. I have a variety of responsibilities, from budget management to ad-hoc problem solving. Volkswagen Group gives you responsibility and allows you to seize opportunities that enhance your career. They are invested in you from the beginning and will support your ongoing development.
- Name: Josephine Code
- Title: Sales Operations Executive
- Brand: Audi
I am an undergraduate on a placement in Group Aftersales in the Business Development team. What I love about working here is the dynamic environment which involves using new strategies to produce the best possible outcomes. I love the collaboration within teams which give me opportunities to see new processes and develop my skills!
- Name: Oliver Reith
- Title: Parts, Products, Accessories and Merchandise Executive
- Function: Group Aftersales
I’m currently on the Business Analyst Undergraduate Programme working as a Tactical Planning Analyst for ŠKODA. My responsibilities range from ad-hoc reporting on tactical spend, to reporting to monthly forecasting. I can honestly say, for the past three months, no two days have been the same and everyone is genuinely so easy to approach.
- Name: Kameel Omar-Issa
- Title: Planning and Supply - Tactical Planning Analyst
- Brand: ŠKODA
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, complete numerical, verbal and situational judgement assessments. Upon successful completion of these, we will invite you to complete an online video interview so that we have a chance to get to know you a little more about you. Our final step in the journey would be for you to attend a virtual assessment centre.
What are the minimum requirements to apply?
Our placement is open to any student at 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 with the opportunity of a hybrid working arrangement.
What’s the package on offer?
£20,000 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 8 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.
Our 2022 Undergraduate Programme application window is now closed. Opportunities will be advertised from Autumn 2022 for our 2023 Undergraduate Programme.