SKODA student car tradition resurrects 1970s project concept
Following the signing of the memorandum for the promotion of vocational training in 2014, the ŠKODA Vocational School’s classrooms were modernised. The ŠKODA Academy offers dual courses of study and practical training through close links between the academy and ŠKODA AUTO’s Production and Development departments.
Shortly after the opening of the ŠKODA Academy, a new tradition began – the student car project, inspired by a forerunner from the 1970s. In 1975, trainees from the ŠKODA Vocational School manually built four prototypes of the [ŠKODA__BUGGY__type__736]. One of these is now on display at the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav, after having been extensively restored by apprentices from the vocational school in 2017. The first ŠKODA student car was unveiled in 2014: the CITIJET was a two-seater variant of the ŠKODA CITIGO. The sixth and latest student car to date is the impressive MOUNTIAQ pickup, which was created based on a ŠKODA KODIAQ in 2019. An overview of all the ŠKODA student cars can be found on [ŠKODA__Storyboard].
Since autumn 2019, 31 trainees from the ŠKODA Vocational School – including five women – have been working on the seventh student car. Under the guidance of their teachers and with the support of ŠKODA engineers and experienced staff from the Technical Development, Design and Production departments, the students take on all the production steps themselves – from the drawing of the first drafts to the construction and assembly of the entire unique piece. The halt in manufacturing at all ŠKODA factories and the discontinuation of teaching at the ŠKODA Vocational School during the COVID-19 pandemic also included the student car project and disrupted the already tight schedule.
Jun 18, 2020 at 03:19