The vehicle development itself begins with sketches. The team then get together to consult all the sketches and incorporate features from each design into the final form of the car. This year, ŠKODA chief designer Oliver Stefani helped the apprentices to deal with this stage. The youngsters then pitched the resulting design to the ŠKODA Board of Directors. This means that, right from the beginning, apprentices learn the important skill of being able to sell and defend their ideas. Once they get the green light, they can take the design off the paper and into the workshop.
Apprentices studying various fields worked together on the project. They included car mechanics, car electricians, body builders and painters. Nor was the important role of logistics overlooked. The apprentices ’ participation is entirely voluntary, and their acceptance into the team is viewed as a major achievement. Let’s see how well this year’s team performed.