Electric mobility is not only a big change for customers, but also for employees of automobile companies. Suddenly I needed electricians instead of mechanics and programmers instead of engineers. However, layoffs threaten. Volkswagen alone wants to cut as many as 30,000 jobs.
However, those who retrain and become fit for electric mobility have a good chance of retaining their jobs. For this, however, employees must be locked up in Volkswagen! As part of an electric mobility qualification program, the world’s second largest automaker is sending its employees to an escape room.
From leisure to the car factory
Escape rooms are actually a fun activity. Players are locked in a room; For a free service, they have to solve various puzzles, decipher codes, and pick locks. In Switzerland, the first escape room opened in March 2012 in Bern. Now there are many shows in almost every city.
This is how VW Escape Room works
At Volkswagen, teams of four employees must go through the process of switching from combustion to electric vehicles, writes German trade magazine Automobilwoche. The escape room consists of three sections, each of which must crack within 20 minutes. In the past, teams started with the first electric motors. The second section goes to the present to the hearth and then along the time line into the future. As in the classic escape rooms, different puzzles await the VW employees in each room.
From Zwickau to the vast world of Volkswagen
The idea comes from the German factory in Zwickau. NS ID.3, the first Volkswagen Stromer on its own electric platform, the group has completely transformed the plant for the production of electric cars. The last combustion engine rolled off the assembly line in July 2020. Up to 300,000 Stromers will be built in Zwickau early next year. These are the VW ID.3 and . models ID.4 as well as their brothers Burning Cobra And Audi Q4 E-Tron.
The staff is ready for that. 3,000 employees have already used the escape room since last year. And the executive floor in Wolfsburg seems convinced of the concept: another escape room has been set up at the factory in Emden in northern Germany and Skoda’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic is also copying the idea. Next, Volkswagen’s US plant in Chattanooga will build an escape room and lock up its employees for an hour.
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