“Why don’t you just ‘bake’ your dream partner yourself?” Everyone in Germany is probably well acquainted with this snappy saying. The Volkswagen Group is making what comes across so casually in conversation a reality. They are training their own software developers. Why are they doing this? The market has been swept clean of candidates, and demand will be growing enormously over the next few years. In 2020 alone there will be a need for 750,000 specialists in information and communications technologies across Europe – and this trend is set to continue.
According to HR board member Gunnar Kilian, “The industry will be needing more software developers in the next few years than the labor market and educational institutions can provide. The Volkswagen Group is making an effective contribution towards closing this gap with our “Faculty 73” qualification program.”
The training course will begin for the first 100 participants already in spring 2019. They will become highly qualified: in two condensed modules, the future employees will acquire all the necessary building blocks for a successful career:
- Programming in Java
- Mathematics for software developers
- The basics of technical and theoretical informatics
- English for software developers
- Project and time management
- Computer networks, databases
- Real time data processing
- Mobile app programming
- Qualification projects
All “Faculty 73” graduates will have top-notch employment prospects. After an intensive qualifying process, Volkswagen will hire the successful participants from the first group as permanent employees in early 2021. They will receive a certificate from AutoUni and then become part of the permanent workforce. More courses of study are currently being planned. In addition to their qualification, the participants will get a job in one of Volkswagen’s future-oriented areas. In this way, the company gains custom-taught, qualified software developers, which they have essentially “baked” themselves.
Why “Faculty 73”?
73 is the 21st prime number. Its mirror number, 37, is the 12th prime number, which in turn is mirrored in the number 21, the product of the multipliers 7 and 3. So a fantastic number. Just as fantastic as the program the Group is administering through its own AutoUni and the Group Academy.