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OUR TRAINEE PROGRAMME 


Do you want to extend yourself and continue to develop both personally and technically? Would you like to get a taste of corporate life and put forward your ideas to help shape the projects of the future? We’ve got something for you! 

Our trainee programme gives you the chance to gain intensive experience in an international environment for a period of 15 months. You can obtain extensive insight into our various departments and also get to know our international locations. Our Global Champion Trainee Programme offers you the ideal starting conditions to forge your own path in our company. Start your career with us, because we want you to join our motivated team and help us to turn our company into a global player! 

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Your development at MAN 

We want our training programme to offer you ideal development opportunities to extend your strengths and qualifications in a targeted manner. A few stepping stones, like a stint in Production and Sales are already in place, but you and your mentor will individually design the structure of your own trainee module. Alongside your various positions in the company, you will also benefit from our customised training courses, networking events and fireside evenings with our top management to give you additional know-how for your path to success.  

Onboarding week
3 month
Deployment in the home area
3 month
Departmental rotation
3 month
Departmental rotation
3 month
Work abroad
3 month
Departmental rotation
Graduation week
3 month
Business challenge
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Onboarding week

Your trainee programme begins with an orientation week in which all trainees of our commercial vehicle brands take part, as well as an introductory seminar. During this time, you will get to know and understand the overall strategy and orientation of VW Truck & Bus. You will also gain an initial insight into the different areas of our company, so that you can really get started straight away.

Deployment in the home area

With your application for a specific advertised position in one of our seven board departments, you determine your home area and thus the start of your exciting development in our company. This is where you will spend the first 3 months.

Departmental rotation

We want to give you the greatest possible creative freedom for your own ideas, which is why every trainee path is different. Together with your mentor, you decide which functional areas you will work in. Since you will receive interim feedback after each station, you will determine the further course based on your individual potentials and strengths and develop them further in the next modules.

Departmental rotation

We want to give you the greatest possible creative freedom for your own ideas, which is why every trainee path is different. Together with your mentor, you decide which functional areas you will work in. Since you will receive interim feedback after each station, you will determine the further course based on your individual potentials and strengths and develop them further in the next modules.

Work abroad

With us, you will find yourself in an international multi-brand environment. That's why our Global Champion Programme requires you to work abroad at one of the VW Truck & Bus locations worldwide. You will spend about 3 months at one of our other commercial vehicle brands, depending on your project assignment on site. You will have the opportunity to gain intensive experience abroad, strengthen your intercultural skills and build up a broad international network for your future career in our company.

Departmental rotation

We want to give you the greatest possible creative freedom for your own ideas, which is why every trainee path is different. Together with your mentor, you decide which functional areas you will work in. Since you will receive interim feedback after each station, you will determine the further course based on your individual potentials and strengths and develop them further in the next modules.

Graduation week

Use the graduation once again to network and as a time to look back and look forward. What did you take away from your personal trainee programme, were you able to fully exploit your potential and what would you like to achieve in your future position with us?

Business challenge

Have you finished your trainee programme with above-average results? Then you will get another opportunity to show what you have learned in your 15 months with us. Together with selected international trainees from our other global commercial vehicle brands, you will work as a team on a joint 3-month project. Your Business Challenge will take place at the headquarters of VW Truck & Bus AG. Accompanying your challenge, you will be entrusted with the corporate goal of "change" even more intensively through seminars.

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Where do you see your future?

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You can complete our Global Champion Trainee Programme in all seven main divisions of our company. You get to decide where you feel your strengths lie and where you’d like to start your career. We also offer you the opportunity to establish an extensive, global network across our entire Group. Because we're convinced that effective cross-functional collaboration can give rise to pioneering ideas. 

  • THE CEO’S OFFICE

    This is where the corporate and business strategies for the entire MAN Truck & Bus product portfolio are defined, developed and controlled. Assist us on our digitisation and transformation pathway to continue making our company competitive in the future. 

  • Human Ressources

    Our objective as a top employer is to use new ways to find employees who enrich MAN due to their diversity. Innovative work environments, flexible working patterns and numerous development opportunities enable us to retain these employees in the long term and to be successful and competitive as a team. 

  • RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

    You can expect passion for our products, teamwork and acute awareness of MAN’s social responsibility. We rely on high quality, optimum economic efficiency and innovative technologies to shape and develop the future of commercial vehicles. Our priority? Our customers! 

  • PROCUREMENT

    This is where the planning and allocation of global resources takes place. It requires optimum coordination of many factors: all the parts, equipment or services provided by suppliers always have to be available in sufficient quantities, in top quality, at the right place and at competitive prices. 

  • FINANCE, IT & LEGAL AFFAIRS

    Finance & Legal Affairs supports our other divisions in all financial or legal decisions by revealing potential regarding the competition. The IT department seeks to focus on digitisation to create the best conditions for being a leading player in the field of digital solutions for the commercial vehicle market. 

  • PRODUCTION & LOGISTICS

    The highly motivated team in Production is characterised by its enthusiasm and high level of know-how and it pursues one objective, despite the high production volumes – top customer orientation! This combined with efficient resource deployment enables us to satisfy quality standards and customer requirements. 

  • Sales & Marketing

    The customer is our absolute priority in the Sales division. Use your innovative ideas and enthusiasm for digitisation to assist us in achieving our objectives. We want to be recognised for our customer orientation and be the leading player in the field of digital solutions for the commercial vehicle market. 

How to become a trainee

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We take great care in selecting our trainees and therefore also take time to consider your application. So there are several stages in the application and selection process until you actually start your trainee programme. After pre-selection, we invite potential trainees to attend an interview using our video interview tool. This gives you the opportunity to present yourself to us personally, and its gives us a first impression of your persuasive personality. Your final hurdle is our Assessment Centre. 

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What does a trainee at MAN actually do?

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Would you like to know what really happens in our trainees’ daily work routines and what they experience in their time at MAN? You’ll find authentic insider revelations here. 

Unanswered questions?

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Our FAQs give you all the important information and answers on our Global Champion Trainee Programme and your preferred trainee position at the location of your choice. 

General questions about the Trainee Programme

  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME AND DIRECT ENTRY?

    The focus of a trainee programme is on learning and the development of personal and technical skills. The trainee obtains an oversight in a range of corporate divisions and becomes familiar with the company’s strategic direction and priorities. Professional development and the establishment of a personal network promote both expertise and individual performance. The priority in a case of direct entry is conversely placed on rapid and deep familiarisation with the specific job. 

  • HOW LONG DOES A TRAINEE PROGRAMME LAST?

    The MAN Global Champion Trainee Programme gives you the opportunity of intensive professional development for a period of 15 months. 

  • WHICH CORPORATE DIVISIONS DO YOU GET TO SEE VIA THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME?

    We want our trainees to obtain a comprehensive and in-depth insight into our company. Trainees themselves help to actively and individually shape our trainee programme. A trainee plan is jointly produced with a mentor and the trainee supervisor. It contains certain fixed stepping stones, such as the chosen department, a deployment in Production, in Sales and in the currently prioritised Digitisation department. Other assignments in the trainee programme are jointly determined to give trainees the greatest possible creative freedom for their own ideas.

  • IN WHICH CORPORATE DIVISIONS CAN A TRAINEE PROGRAMME BE COMPLETED?

    The trainee programme is in principle offered in each of our seven corporate divisions (see the information on the careers page). Free trainee positions are advertised once a year in April. These free trainee positions are based on the strategic orientation of the company, so the departments on offer can vary from year to year. 

  • CAN A TRAINEE PROGRAMME ALSO BE COMPLETED ABROAD?

    The advertised positions always relate to a specific position at a fixed location. Our programme tends to fill positions in our headquarters in Munich and sometimes also in our engine factory in Nuremberg. The trainee programme does however include an obligatory stint at an international location of the VW Group. 

  • WHAT IS THE SALARY AS A TRAINEE?

    All trainees at MAN start with the entry level salary for direct entrants under the IG Metall collective agreement. We are happy to discuss precise salary details in the context of the personal selection day. 

  • WHAT IS THE WORKING TIME MODEL FOR THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME?

    Exactly like direct entrants, our trainees have a 36 hour employment contract (currently). The value we place on giving employees a lot of personal freedom means that our trainees naturally have the option of using flexible working to organise their working day. 

  • WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT MAN AFTER THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME?

    We take great care in selecting the participants in the MAN trainee programme and are also keen to retain these motivated talents in our company after successful completion of the programme. That’s why we provide all our trainees with extensive know-how and useful tools and skills during the programme. You are also given the opportunity of establishing a wide network within the company. This means that you’re subsequently well prepared for a potential career with us. 

  • WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME?

    Our trainee representative Simone Gschwendtner from the Talent Management department is available to answer any questions not answered by our FAQs. She can be contacted via: simone.gschwendtner@man.eu, or by phone: +49 170 5961981 

  • CAN YOU HELP WITH FINDING ACCOMMODATION IN MUNICH?

    Given the housing market situation in Munich, we are unfortunately unable to assist in finding accommodation. There are though sometimes internal options through the network of trainees and former trainees who may be able to help.

  • IS THERE AN INFORMATION DAY OR INTRODUCTORY EVENT FOR THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME?

    All new employees start their first day at work with a joint introductory event. The trainee programme additionally starts with a separate introductory seminar where the trainees learn more about our company and the different departments. 

Application questions

  • HOW IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS RUN AND HOW ARE PARTICIPANTS IN THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME SELECTED?

    All applications are processed via our online job portal. This gives you the opportunity to directly apply for one of the advertised positions. All applications received online are reviewed by our trainee supervisors and a pre-selection is made.The applicants preferred by the respective departments receive an invitation to use our video interview tool. Shortly after this interview we invite a selection of candidates to attend a personal applicants' day on which the right trainee is then sought with input from the relevant department.

  • HOW MANY MONTHS IN ADVANCE CAN YOU APPLY FOR THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME?

    The application process commences in the spring with advertisement of the positions. The application deadline for a specific trainee position can be found in the respective job advert, but is generally around four weeks after publication of the invitation. For the remaining process, see: link to the timeline graphic 

  • WHICH DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE INCLUDED WITH MY APPLICATION?

    We need the application to contain a compelling CV and a letter of motivation, along with your school-leaving certificate or most recent transcript of grades. You are also welcome to include other certificates or internship records, etc. that may assist us with our selection. 

  • DOES THE APPLICANT RECEIVE FEEDBACK REGARDING AN UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICATION?

    We make every effort to provide prompt feedback to each applicant. Our review of the documents can however take some time. In any case, we will provide feedback to applicants without delay if an application is unsuccessful. 

  • IS IT POSSIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME OUTSIDE THE APPLICATION PERIOD?

    We advertise all our trainee positions in the spring of each year and would ask you to apply within the stated period. 

  • IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR APPLICANTS?

    No, we don’t consider that suitability for the trainee programme is age dependent. 

  • WHICH GRADE AVERAGE OR DEGREE IS A PREQUISITE FOR THE PROGRAMME?

    We require a master's degree or diploma with above-average grades for our trainee programme. 

  • WHAT BASIC REQUIREMENTS MUST A TRAINEE MEET?

    We require a master's degree or diploma with above-average grades for our trainee programme. The applicant should also be able to show previous international experience of at least three months. Applicants should already have relevant practical experience, such as through internships or working student activity. Non-university involvement is also helpful and is taken into account. We take very good German and English skills for granted, other languages are advantageous. 

Questions about the trainee programme

  • WILL I RECEIVE INTERIM FEEDBACK DURING THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME?

    The exchange of feedback is an essential component of our programme. Trainees receive feedback after each of the programmes modules, so they can speak with their mentor to identify potentials and strengths and build on them as they develop. 

  • WHAT IS THE NATURE OF SUPERVISION DURING THE PROGRAMME?

    Each trainee receives optimal supervision. This support is provided by mentors from the chosen departments. They help with any problems, give feedback, assist with establishing a network and provide the trainee with guidance. Our trainee supervisors are also available to assist all trainees. 

  • IS IT POSSIBLE TO HELP SHAPE THE PROGRAMME?

    Your own commitment and active shaping are essential in our trainee programme. We specify the framework and thus the ideal starting conditions, the individual pathway and the full exploitation of every potential and opportunity is down to the trainee. 

  • IS THERE A NETWORK OF TRAINEES WITHIN THE COMPANY?

    We see close networking among trainees as being very important. Joint projects and activities, also socially, improve team performance and team spirit. This network also extends to former trainees who are able to provide useful tips and additional information. Extending your network to other trainees working at commercial vehicle brands of the VW Group is also encouraged. 

  • IS AN INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYMENT DURING THE TRAINEE PROGRAMME POSSIBLE AND HOW LONG WOULD THIS LAST?

    The trainee programme includes an obligatory stint at an international location of the VW Group. This stay abroad lasts around three months depending on the local project involvement. 

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