Audi México will have hired around 3,300 local employees for automotive production by the start of production (December 31, 2015: 2,038). In total, Audi will create 4,200 new jobs locally. To date, more than 240,000 people have applied for these positions. Even before the production launch, Audi is already rated by the relevant target groups to be among the country's top five employers.
In addition, Audi has set up a training center in San José Chiapa in cooperation with the Technical University of Puebla (UTP). This is where the company qualifies each of the employees individually for their future tasks. Audi is also investing in the education of young people in Mexico who are about to begin their careers in a German-type dual educational system. Currently, around 330 young people are enrolled in this program and will complete educational training in five vocations, including automotive mechatronic specialist and body manufacturing mechanic. The dual educational system is based on the German model and combines theory with practice.
The training center, which is 20,000 square meters (215,278 sq ft) in size, offers instructional rooms, shops and laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment – the same technology that Audi México uses in its production process. One-fourth of the area is dedicated to training in the Audi Production System (APS). This is where basic competencies are taught for production and quality assurance as well as the core elements of lean production. In 2015, more than 5,400 courses were held there. Overall, over 20,000 participants completed more than 450,000 training hours. Every day, more than 600 people enter the training center to complete training. Since it opened in October 2014, the training center has provided ideal conditions for unsurpassed qualification of employees.
For Mexican mechanical engineering students, the company also offers an EMA (Estudiantes Mexicanos en Alemania – Mexican students in Germany) scholarship in partnership with the Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD; “German Academic Exchange Service”).
Around 750 expatriates were also trained for their future tasks at business sites in Germany. The economy of the entire region benefits from this development. A total of more than 20,000 qualified jobs were created in the region.