We are passionate about brands, the automotive industry and delivering great customer experiences. But at the same time, we’ve all got a life outside work too. We’re flexible with working arrangements so that our people can maintain a work-life balance that suits them. We also offer a flexible benefits package, so that you can tailor your benefits to meet your individual needs.
Diversity & Inclusion
Inclusive workplaces with diverse teams are more innovative, creative and make better decisions and that's what we are passionate about creating at Volkswagen Group UK.
By recognising and respecting our people, we aim to inspire, attract and keep the best talent in a competitive market and provide our people with a collaborative place to truly thrive at work.
It's not about labels, it's about valuing perspectives and thought processes, and that couldn't be more important at a time when we are seeing rapid change in our industry.
Our broad approach to diversity and inclusion will ensure we maintain momentum and our strategy spans four key themes:
- Promoting our positive approach to gender diversity and the range of opportunities for women in our business
- Using targeted campaigns and social media to help people learn about Volkswagen Group UK as a place to work
- Working to balance the number of male and female applications for every job, and using inclusive interview panels to ensure fairness throughout our recruitment practices
Develop & Keep
- Encouraging people to take control and accelerate their career development with tailored coaching, mentoring and senior leadership sponsorship
- Creating essential development for line managers to minimise conscious and unconscious bias
- Supporting people returning to our business after family leave and ensuring we make the most of their talents
- Increasing awareness of all the ways our people can work flexibly and the benefits this brings
- Creation of our Employee Network Groups: DrivenWomen, LGBTQ+ and Friends, BAME and Parents & Carers
- Engaging with young people aged 11-16 through the nationally recognised Speakers for Schools programme
- Using outreach programmes and attending schools in the local community to promote careers in the automotive industry
- Continuing our university engagement programme to connect with young women considering an undergraduate placement programme
- Volkswagen Group is an active member of the UK Automotive 30% Club, a voluntary group of progressive motor industry CEOs and MDs who are working to achieve a better gender balance in their organisations.
- The club has an aspirational aim to fill 30% of key leadership positions with women by 2030. We’ve gone further than that, with a target of 30 per cent female representation in senior management by 2021.
We know people value different things from their employer. That’s why, along with an attractive salary, car schemes and discretionary bonus, we offer a range of flexible benefits that you can tailor to suit your needs and lifestyle. We believe we’re a different type of employer – one that recognises and rewards you through an attractive range of benefits, and who understands you may have unique working patterns and commitments outside of work.
Employee Assistance Programme
Sometimes everyone can use someone to talk to. Our Employee Assistance Programme provides a range of impartial, confidential advice and counselling 24/7.
We know you're more likely to enjoy your work and give your best when you’re feeling fit and healthy. That’s why we’ve got a dedicated team of health professionals on site to offer a range of medical support and advice, including health coaching, physiotherapy and annual cancer screening clinics.
We also have a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives available to all, including subsidised eye tests / glasses, fitness and wellbeing groups including Yoga and HIIT classes, on-site massage service, monthly lunch and learn sessions, and quarterly on-site Menopause Group meetings.
Mental Health and Wellness Support
As well as our team Wellness Champions, we also have a number of accredited Mental Health First Aiders across the organisation. Our Mental Health First Aiders are not trained counsellors, psychiatrists or therapists, but they are trained to spot the signs if someone is experiencing mental health issues, listen non-judgmentally, give support and signpost to appropriate help if required.
Volkswagen Group UK was awarded the Top Employers United Kingdom certification on a number of occasions. Top Employer’s comprehensive independent research revealed that Volkswagen Group UK provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation and has demonstrated its leadership status in the HR environment, always striving to optimise its employment practices and to develop its employees.
Employee participation is so important to us that it’s set out in Volkswagen AG’s (our parent company) Charter on Labour Relations. We have adopted these principles in the UK, creating our own Employee Forum (EF) and a Local Charter on Labour Relations. The EF has a full-time chairperson, supported by a team of elected employee representatives, who meet at least monthly to discuss any issues raised by colleagues. The charter sets out how the Board of Management and EF work together to achieve the best results for our business.
The EF plays an important role, keeping our people up to speed, providing feedback on new initiatives before launch, and helping to shape key business decisions. This includes everything from collaborating on organisational change and the scope of our flexible working policy and company car schemes, to identifying new ways of working and schemes to ensure the wellbeing of our employees.