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"Best Apprentice Award” for 27 young talents from twelve countries

Wolfsburg / Stuttgart, November 2011 - The Volkswagen Group presented its "Best Apprentice Award” to its top young achievers from all over the world. The award for outstanding professional competence was conferred on 27 apprentices from twelve countries, and for the first time included young talents from Shanghai- Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen in China as well as Volkswagen Motor Polska, Volkswagen Osnabrück and the Transparent Factory in Dresden. The ceremony took place on the occasion of a meeting of the Group Board of Management and the Global Group Works Council in Stuttgart.

The awards were presented by the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, the Member of the Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, Dr. Horst Neumann, and the President of the Global Group Works Council, Bernd Osterloh. Prof. Winterkorn underscored: "On the road to becoming the world’s most sustainable automaker Volkswagen needs every single employee – particularly tomorrow’s top performers. The Volkswagen Group brands will shine even brighter in future with committed and motivated young employees like those we are honoring today."

Dr. Neumann emphasized. "For Volkswagen’s continued success we must master profound changes in fields such as lightweight construction, vehicle electronics and electric traction. That can only be achieved with much dedication and the highest specialist competence. These apprentices set the benchmark in this context. At the same time, the introduction of transnational training standards is paying off." This year, the Volkswagen Group is training 12,145 apprentices worldwide, with 8,736 of these based in Germany.

Osterloh said: "We are very proud of our apprentices and their achievements. The young colleagues we are honoring today make us very optimistic about the further development of our company. The Works Council will continue to advocate investing in training all over the world, thereby safeguarding employment perspectives for young men and women."

Apart from attending the "Best Apprentice Award" ceremony, the young people are also taking part in a program spanning several days and have already visited the Baden-Württemberg capital city of Stuttgart, and the Porsche plant, museum and training center for automotive mechatronics fitters. A driver safety training session is also part of the program.