Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employee Sakhile Mthombeni has been named as one of the top young talents across the Volkswagen Group worldwide.
Sakhile joined 11 young women and 37 young men from 20 countries who were honoured for their outstanding performance in their vocations within the Group, during the 2019 Best Trainee Award ceremony in Wolfsburg, Germany earlier this month.
The certificates for the 2019 ceremony were presented by the Chairman of the Volkswagen Group’s Board of Management, Dr Herbert Diess, along with Gunnar Kilian, Board Member for Human Resources in the Volkswagen Group, and the President of the Global Group Works Council, Bernd Osterloh.
At the awards ceremony, Diess congratulated the 49 apprentices on being selected from more than 19 000 apprentices across the Group.
“This is a great achievement,” said Diess. “You have completed your apprenticeship at a time when the industry is changing drastically. I would like each of you to play an active role in shaping this transformation.”
Sakhile, 30, works at VWSA’s National Sales Organisation (NSO) in Johannesburg as a product pricing analyst in the Product Marketing department.
“I am truly grateful for this accolade,” said Sakhile. “It shows that hard work does pay off and that this is the beginning of greater things to come. I am now even more appreciative of the Volkswagen family and its core values and spirit after visiting Germany and receiving the award.”
“We are very proud to have one of our young talents recognised by the Group for her achievements,” said Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director.
“As VWSA we pride ourselves on attracting and developing dedicated employees who live the value of Excellence, and this accolade proves that our talent is excellent on a global level.
“VWSA remains committed to investing in training programmes, such as our Graduate Trainees, which bring new talent to the organisation and offers opportunities to deserving young graduates,” concluded Schaefer.