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Trainee Programme for Graduates

Start you career

ŠKODA Trainee is a one-year international programme designed to offer unique career opportunities. You will get familiar with one of the Czech Republic´s most advanced company. Led by a mentor, you will work at various departments, take an internship abroad and gain hands-on experience on production sites as well as in our dealership network.

What can you look forward to?

You will work at various departments

All that within one year

You will gain experience across several departments to find out in the end which direction you want to take. Your mentor will help you out with this. You will explore and discover many things and, primarily, learn how the Company operates.

You will take an internship abroad…

…where you will spend 1–3 months

Where? We will get together to choose your destination. Most of our Trainees go to China, Germany, India and Russia to gain valuable experience and make contact with our foreign-based colleagues.

You will become a member of our team

You will get an adequate remuneration package, including benefits

You will become a regular member of our team(s) to cooperate on exciting projects in international contexts. In return, you will get an adequate package, including all benefits.

We will provide you with training and development opportunities

We care about our Trainees!

Young, talented people are our future, and we are therefore prepared to support your personal development. We will offer you a lots of training activities, workshops, excursions, language courses and many other opportunities.

Off-the-job activities and networking

You will have a lot to remember

You will get together with other Trainees to organise workshops, meet with managers and cooperate on various ŠKODA AUTO-supported projects. You will get an opportunity to meet many interesting colleagues and friends while accessing loads of useful information that will help you get onboard.

Who are we looking for?

Academic Degree holders …

When joining the Company, you will be required to have an Academic Degree not older than 2 years (after completing a full-time university programme).

… with language skills,

Advanced-level English is enough, and any other language, e.g. German, may be an advantage for you.

… practical skills

Do you have work or academic experience from abroad? Did you take any on-the-job training as a student? Great! Practical experience is exactly what we consider highly important.

… and any specialisation.

Your school and your branch of study do not really matter. If you are interested in business, you can check out the worlds of Finance, Strategy, Digitisation, Communication, Sales, Purchase, Marketing or HR. Technically-oriented candidates are welcome to explore the areas of Production, Technological Development, Logistics, Quality, IT or Electromobility.

How to join the ŠKODA Trainee Programme

Send an application form, complete our language tests, take a personal or skype interview and show your strengths in our Assessment Centre.
Current semester
Winter semester
Summer semester
Application process

Register for the selected Trainee specialisation area and attach your CV to the application form. You can apply while still a student – you will be required to have completed your studies when actually joining the ŠKODA Trainee programme.

Winter semester
October - December
Summer semester
March - June
Recruitment process

The recruitment process takes place twice a year – one in the winter term, one in the summer term. You will learn the result right after completing the tests, the interview and the Assessment Centre session.

Winter semester
December - February
Summer semester
June - August
Programme start

The programme starts in early March and September. Your participation in the ŠKODA Trainee Programme takes the form of a full-time job, and you will be entitled to all employee benefits.

Winter semester
Summer semester


Feel free to read Frequently Asked Questions or get in touch with our coordinators.
Veronika Drahoňovská

Veronika Drahoňovská

Recruiter – Finance a Trainee programme

+420 730 867 344
Alžběta Budinská

Alžběta Budinská

Coordination of the Trainee programme

+420 730 864 172

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scope of the ŠKODA Trainee program?

The ŠKODA Trainee program is individually tailored to each Trainee according to their targeted focus. The core of the program lies in “rotations", where interns not only gain familiarity with their targeted focus area, but also in other related areas in the ŠKODA team. (For example, Trainees with focuses in Technical Engine Development will not only work in Technical Development, but also in Engine Production, Quality Control, and so on.) These rotations allow our Trainees to become acquainted with the structure and corporate culture of ŠKODA AUTO as well as participate in a variety of interesting projects and training.

Where does the ŠKODA Trainee program take place?

The ŠKODA Trainee program can take place in any ŠKODA plant in the Czech Republic, but most often takes place in Mladá Boleslav.

How many Trainees are you planning to accept this year?

The program is limited to 30 participants per year.

May I sign up for the ŠKODA Trainee program despite already having some work experience?

Some work experience is considered an advantage, however, the program has a limit of maximum one year total experience before application.

As a Trainee, will I work part-time or full-time?

The ŠKODA Trainee program is full-time. It is a normal employment contract which allows you to take advantage of all the employee benefits as well.

Is it possible to apply for the admission procedure more than once?

Unfortunately, in case of the ŠKODA Trainee program, candidates may be included in the admission procedure only once.

How long after graduating may I sign up for the ŠKODA Trainee program?

You may beca Trainee only within two years after graduating with a master’s degree from university. You need to adjust sending your application to that.

May I participate in an admission procedure when I am still studying?

Yes, you may. It is important that you are a successful graduate of a university master’s degree at the time of joining the Trainee program (i.e., by the entry dates in March / September).

May I apply for a ŠKODA Trainee program if I study distance learning?

Unfortunately, the ŠKODA Trainee program is only open to graduates of full-time courses. Distance and combined studies are essentially forms of in-service learning.

When is the deadline for sending applications to the program?

An applicant for the ŠKODA Trainee program may register in the database in November-December if they want to enter in March, and in April-May in case of entry in September.

If I am interested in joining the ŠKODA Trainee program in September, when is it appropriate to apply for the admission procedure?

We recommend you sign up approximately 4-6 months prior to the planned entry, especially given the complexity of the admission procedure.

What happens if I succeed in all rounds of the admission procedure, but fail to terminate my university in due course?

You do not have to worry about missing the Trainee program. We always resolve such situations individually. Usually, your entry to the ŠKODA AUTO will be postponed to the next term.

What should I do if I fail in the admission procedure, but I am still interested in working for ŠKODA AUTO?

If you do not meet all the criteria required for the ŠKODA Trainee program, the observers can recommend you for direct entry. In such case, your documents are further processed by the recruitment department and you are included in the database of prospective candidates. If suitable jobs are available, you can discuss the next steps with representatives of the recruitment centre. However, this procedure does not guarantee immediate entry to the company, it is only a recommendation for direct inclusion in the database of candidates, while it also depends on current job vacancies.

What is the difference between the Trainee program and directly taking up a job?

Both forms of entry to the company are equal. Each candidate must decide which one they prefer. The ŠKODA Trainee program provides an opportunity to get to know various departments and create contacts within the company. Direct entry offers work and responsibility for a specific task from the first day.

What employment contract will I get?

When entering the ŠKODA Trainee program, an employment contract is signed with the graduate for a definite period (one year). After successful completion of the program, a contract is drawn up for an indefinite period with the target department.

What is the Trainees’ reimbursement?

A Trainee’s salary is based on the tariff system, basic salary and performance. Excellent results are reflected in the personal evaluation, to which the Trainee is entitled after 3 months with the company. Even during the first year, Trainees can also use company benefits such as subsidized meals and accommodation, subsidized leases of ŠKODA cars, pension insurance and others.

What is the typical career path of a Trainee who has completed the ŠKODA Trainee program?

The ŠKODA Trainee program is suitable both for specialists and potential managers at different levels. However, the program itself is not a management program. Completing it does not guarantee career advancement. The program guarantees and verifies the Trainee’s potential, which then needs constant development.

What language skills will I need within the company?

The main foreign languages of communication in the company are German and English. Requirements for specific language skills always depend on the specific department or position.

How are rotations planned and is it possible to look into all company areas?

The ŠKODA Trainee program is full-time. It is a normal employment contract which allows you to take advantage of all the employee benefits as well.

Where is it possible to complete the internship abroad?

ŠKODA AUTO is one of few companies on the Czech market offering internships within the Trainee program. The internship may be completed at any of the Group’s companies, however, depending on the needs and possibilities of the target department. Currently, internships are preferred at plants strategic for the company in Russia, China and India, and also plants in Germany, which are Ingolstadt Audi or VW Wolfsburg.

What is expected from me as a Trainee?

As a ŠKODA AUTO intern, you will work not only on entrusted specialized tasks, but become part of a young and dynamic team of interns who also engage in CSR activities of ŠKODA AUTO, organize days together, share experience and help out the HR department by participating in events organized for students.

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