Mladá Boleslav, 12 April 2018 – 20 students at the ŠKODA Vocational School in Mladá
Boleslav are designing and building a new student concept car. Following four studies in
recent years, the students have now taken on a convertible version of the ŠKODA KAROQ.
The finished study will be introduced to the public in June. The vehicle built by the talented
young students underlines once again the high quality of the ŠKODA education programme.
ŠKODA AUTO is again offering talented young students the chance to feel like car designers. The
students, aged 17 and 18, are currently being trained at the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School and
have come together to build the fifth study. Under the guidance of their teachers and with the
support of the Technology, Design and Production departments at the company’s headquarters in
Mladá Boleslav, they are building a convertible study based on the ŠKODA KAROQ. The project
highlights both the significance of the latest SUV model range for the brand’s model portfolio, as
well as its successes and achievements. In addition, it emphasises the fresh and youthful design of
the ŠKODA KAROQ. As part of the practical project, the students learn to train their technical and
organisational skills in a team. The finished study, which is yet to be given a name, will be
introduced to the public in June.
The student engineers come from seven different professions – among them painters, car
mechatronics engineers and toolmakers. “We are really looking forward to the project because we
get the chance to build a car using our own ideas,” explained team member Ondřj Bací.
Students have designed and built a vehicle every single year since 2014: the first study was a twoseater
version of the ŠKODA CITIGO; a pick-up based on the ŠKODA FABIA followed in 2015; in
2016 it was a coupé based on the ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK; and in 2017 the ŠKODA CITIGO
was the inspiration for an electric buggy.
This training project once again underlines the high quality of ŠKODA AUTO’s education
programme. At the vocational school, which was founded in 1927, talented young students undergo
training in technical subjects for 3-4 years. At present, more than 900 students are completing a
total of 13 full-time education programmes (five lasting for 4 years and eight lasting 3 years) and
two expansion programmes. In addition, around 60 ŠKODA employees are expanding their
qualifications as part of other further training programmes.
The vocational School for Mechanical Engineering is part of the ŠKODA Academy, which was
founded in April 2013 to provide comprehensive training for students and employees. Its education
and qualification programme is specifically geared towards the needs of the company. Since 2013,
the car manufacturer has – with support from the KOVO union – spent approximately 260 million
korunas on expanding its offering of education programmes and modernising the equipment at the