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Work in Kassel for Colleagues from Emden

Praise for the amazing welcome support at the components plant: permanent contracts – change of personnel as an opportunity.

From Emden to Kassel: Maike Freese, Joachim Süssen, Tamara König, Sören Jakobs, and Christian Pause are five of 100 employees that have chosen to switch.

Volkswagen is engaging seriously with future topics such as e-mobility, digitalization, and networked driving. As a result, Emden will become the second German location, after Zwickau, where Volkswagen will be building only electric vehicles. The necessary personnel change is no longer a future topic – it is already happening in practice. Around 100 colleagues from Emden took up their posts in the Kassel components plant in January. In the future, they will be deployed in gearbox manufacturing. After a week to think things over, these employees decided last autumn to take advantage of the new opportunity. The Kassel plant offers a workplace with future prospects and – as a new, added benefit – a permanent contract. 

One of these trailblazers is 29-year-old Maike Freese. She switched from Passat production to the assembly of the DQ 381 gearbox, which is currently in high demand. Freese: “I miss my friends, of course. But we’re getting some amazing support to help us settle in here. The Kassel plant has started a campaign that offers mentoring and support with leisure activities. From badminton and bike tours to house hunting, colleagues are helping us to find our feet in these new surroundings.”

"I miss my friends, of course. But we’re getting some amazing support to help us settle in here"

Maike Freese, Employee at the Kassel components plant

The Emden colleagues discussing their switch to the Kassel components plant with Communications and HR staff.

"It is important to us that the personnel changes do not negatively impact those who are here already. We have enough work for everyone"

Carsten Bätzold, Chairman of the Works Council in Kassel

Christian Pause (31) is another one who made the move. He says: “We have been given a warm welcome and are integrating well.”   
In this transformation, Volkswagen is using the opportunities provided by a large network of locations and brands for the benefit of its employees. Stefan Kreher (Head of HR at the Kassel plant) explains: “At Volkswagen we bear social sustainability in mind as we organize our transformation.

As a result, excellent opportunities present themselves to courageous employees who are open to change. Employees from Emden who were on fixed-term contracts can build up a good professional future in Kassel. Centered around a fixed, well-paid job with Volkswagen.” Carsten Bätzold, Chairman of the Works Council in Kassel: “It is important to us that the personnel changes do not negatively impact those who are here already. We have enough work for everyone.”