About Volkswagen Group South Africa

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is South Africa’s market leader in the passenger car segment, and the Eastern Cape’s largest employer. With 12 brands ranging from Bugatti, Bentley and Lamborghini, through Volkswagen, Audi, Ducati to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN and Scania, the Volkswagen Group has around 600 000 employees world-wide and is acknowledged as the World’s most innovative volume car manufacturer. VWSA offers comprehensive learning development and career opportunities, and is a sought-after employer because of its innovative, fast paced and exciting work environment.

Facts & Figures

Industry Automotive
Number of employees 3900
Number of active countries 153

The Research

Certification is only awarded to the best employers around the world: companies that demonstrate the highest standards of employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute’s research assesses all critical areas of the Human Resources environment, certifying organisations that can demonstrate they are continuously optimising employee conditions and leading the way in the development of their people.

The employee offerings of Volkswagen Group South Africa

This is a selection of the Employee Offerings that this company offers to (some of) its employees.

Learning and development programs

  • Graduate development programmes/traineeships
  • Internship programmes
  • Job rotation programmes
  • International exchange programmes
  • Competency-based training programmes
  • Coaching programmes
  • Mentor programmes
  • Peer support programmes
  • Soft skill training programmes (e.g. feedback, time management, communication)
  • On-the-job training
  • Conferences/congresses/seminars (internal/external)
  • Workshops (internal/external)
  • Online training programmes (always available)
  • 180- and/or 360-degree feedback
  • (Peer) coaching
  • Mobile Learning
  • e-Learning (module)
  • Coaching
  • Simulations and learning games
  • Communities of Practice
  • Collaborative Learning Experiences (e.g. Action learning group/Team-based learning)

Onboarding Activities

  • Pre-Employment package (after contract is signed)
  • Step-by-step On-boarding programme (hard copy or online)
  • Employee handbook that specifies HR policy and regulations (hard copy or online)
  • Meeting with HR to explain procedures
  • Check-in meetings at specific intervals
  • Meeting with manager regarding job role, tasks,expectations
  • A role-specific introductory training programme
  • A buddy is assigned to the new employee
  • A mentor is assigned to the new employee
  • Announcement/introduction by management
  • A tour around the organisation
  • Meeting with CEO/Executive Management
  • (Social) Networking events for new employees
  • Internal social media (network) experience sharing
  • Team lunch/dinner
  • Induction course (covering the organisation’s mission,vision, values)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Safety policies and instructions
  • Follow-up session one year after joining

Career and succession management

  • Job rotation
  • Training programme
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Special assignment
  • Secondment
  • Job enrichment
  • International mobility (expatriation or short-term assignment)

Compensation and benefits

  • Salaries
  • Variable compensation
  • Pension
  • Long-term incentives
  • Secondary benefits
  • Employee discounts on company services/products
  • Shift premiums
  • Meal subsidies/canteen services
  • Subsidy Medical Insurance
  • Loan/Loan Repayment
  • Overpay

Secondary benefits

  • Laptop
  • Mobile Telephone
  • Car/travel allowance
  • Bicycle scheme
  • Company car
  • Entertainment allowance
  • On-site parking
  • Group transport

Communication Channels

  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Formal sessions (e.g. one-to-one meetings between employee and manager)
  • Works councils
  • Special access to CEO/Leadership
  • Suggestions box/email
  • Forums/blogs on Intranet
  • Instant messaging
  • Employee surveys
  • Employee website (separate URL)

Well-being programs

  • Safety programme
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Ergonomic support
  • Health & Safety officer/manager
  • Personal support line
  • Employee debt support
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
  • Preventative Occupational Health programme
  • Burn-out recovery programme
  • In-house doctor
  • Confidential adviser
  • Maintaining salary level above legal requirements
  • Maintaining employee contractual rights above legal requirements
  • Occupational Health professional
  • On-site sports facilities
  • Fitness centre membership subsidy/reimbursement
  • Health screening programme
  • Smoking cessation programme
  • Weight loss programme
  • Rewards or bonuses for achieving or completing certain health and wellness goals/programmes
  • Wellness programmes
  • On-site flu vaccinations
  • Nutritional information programmes

Flexible Working Conditions

  • Flexi-time working
  • Time off in lieu (TOIL)/Time-for-time
  • Telecommuting/working from home
  • Reduction in company travel
  • Employer contribution for child care
  • Take your family/child to work day

Networking Activities

  • Sports events (e.g. sports day)
  • Organising weekly drinks or other social event (by staff association)
  • Flexible workspace at the office
  • Online chat/instant messaging
  • Seasonal social events
  • Special informal sessions with Executive Management