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Future Audi employees need to acquire skills to fit the changing automotive industry landscape (Photo: Audi)

Training programs at Audi increasingly focus on electric-vehicle technology and digitalization, marking a shift away from traditional automotive skills toward new areas.

In in-house programs at its German plants in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt, the German premium car maker is adapting its training to make sure employees will have the requisite skills to deal with rapid changes in the car industry.

Future automotive mechatronic technicians acquire the skills to handle high-voltage technology and networked systems, they learn protective measures for dealing with high-voltage systems and they gain an understanding of the various driver assistance systems and the analysis of data protocols, Audi said.

The first IT systems integration specialists gained their qualifications in the summer of 2018. These specialists will also have to qualify as electricians, so they can work with mechatronics specialists on highly automated production systems in digitalized automotive manufacturing.

Audi is enrolling around 830 people in apprenticeships and dual study courses at its German plants this September. The electric-mobility specialization is especially meant for future fuel-cell developers.

“New technologies require new competences,” said Dieter Omert, head of vocational training at Audi. In a statement, he cited “rapid developments” in areas such as electric mobility and digitalization and said: “That’s why we are already training young people specifically for our strategic fields of the future.”

-By Arjen Bongard