SUPPORTING VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS
Within the scope of Volkswagen’s support of educational institutions, a new class was opened in 2016 in addition to the ones currently sponsored. The 7th Volkswagen Training Laboratory was completed in Istanbul Küçükyalı Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School. Within the framework of the protocol signed with the Ministry of National Education, the schools were supported for physical improvements, as well as with equipment, materials and hardware. As of 2016, Doğuş Otomotiv Volkswagen Training Laboratories are in seven schools, namely Istanbul Şişli Technical and Industrial Vocational High School, Istanbul Samandıra Technical and Industrial Vocational High School, Ankara Gazi Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School, Diyarbakır Burhanettin Yıldız Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School, Adıyaman Besni Osman İsot Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School, Antalya Konyaaltı Bahtılı Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School, and Istanbul Küçükyalı Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School. The investment made in 2016 to build the Volkswagen Training Laboratory in Istanbul Küçükyalı Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School amounted to TL 325,000. With this investment, the classroom, atelier and training tools were renewed, and materials and equipment replaced.
The support extended by Doğuş Otomotiv to Volkswagen Training Laboratories in 2016 amounted to TL 395,000. Additionally, Doğuş Oto Maslak has opened a Body Repair and Paint class in the Şişli school in 2015.
With this support, all the students were provided with t-shirts, sweatshirts, work uniforms, work boots, and books in 2016, like we do every year. Furthermore training tools, demo parts, various equipment and devices were donated to the schools. Thus, the number of schools benefiting from training material support including demo parts, etc. rose to 135.
Atelier internships for 146 students from 5 schools have been arranged with 21 Authorized After-sales Service Centers for the 2016 -2017 academic year, while 50 students from two of these schools were offered summer internships at 12 authorized after-sales service centers.
In the 2016 academic year 176 students started studying in our classes in those 7 schools. Employment of the students to graduate from our classes by authorized after-sales service centers has also been ensured. Among the 80 students that graduated from these classes in 2016, 27 have started to work at our authorized after-sales service centers. Meanwhile 33 of these students have pursued higher education in Colleges or Universities, whereas 20 have started working in different industries or for other brands. With the addition of this year’s class, total number of graduates rose to 434 in 2016, with 365 still studying. A total of 176 employees working at various Doğuş Oto locations are graduates Şişli Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School and Ankara Gazi Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School.
Interviews with students at the beginning of the academic year to train in Volkswagen Laboratories, as well as constant supply of textbooks during the academic year are among the processes monitored as part of the program. Furthermore, teachers at Vocational High Schools participate in the technical trainings offered within Doğuş Otomotiv by Volkswagen After-sales Service trainers, and are provided with up-to-date training documentation to support their professional development.
With the help of regular school visits and interviews with students, their expectations, wishes and requests have been obtained, and guidance and information provided. Certification ceremonies were held for the 2016 graduates of the Doğuş Otomotiv Volkswagen Training Laboratories in their respective schools.