Production of the new generation of the Panamera will create 600 additional jobs in Leipzig. By August 2016, the workforce will exceed 4,000 employees for the first time. Currently 3,865 people are employed at Porsche Leipzig. A high affinity to the Porsche brand, the enthusiasm to build extraordinary vehicles, a high level of commitment and enormous technical expertise unites all employees.
It takes highly skilled professionals who look not for the simplest, but the best solutions to build the highest quality cars. The new colleagues will include engineers and experts for the new body shop as well as a large range of manufacturing specialists such as mechatronic engineers, coachbuilders and car mechanics. They will all ensure that the new facilities work perfectly and are smoothly integrated into existing processes.
Great emphasis is placed on the composition of the team. A balanced mix of younger and older colleagues, men and women and the integration of different experience levels are taken into account during the selection process. The aim is to put together the perfect team to match the production requirements of very diverse vehicle models. Porsche Leipzig has stood by its strategy to give prospects to the people in the region and to fill a lot of positions with local experts: The company has further strengthened its role as a pillar of the industrial heartland of Saxony.
The number of employees had already increased significantly with the expansion of the site to a fully-fledged production facility for the Macan. The number of employees had nearly doubled from the end of 2013 (1,964 employees) to the end of 2015 (3,702). Out of a small production site employing 259 people, where the first Cayenne came off the assembly line in August 2002, one of the most modern production facilities in the automotive industry has emerged. The workforce has played a major role in this success story. To prepare these colleagues for the challenges ahead, intensive training is conducted in the training centres – especially for new colleagues. Each new employee joining Porsche must undergo a training programme lasting three to five days in one of the training centres. The training centres, covering the areas of body shop, paint shop, assembly/quality assurance, and logistics, are just a small part of a comprehensive training and familiarisation programme at Porsche Leipzig.
Special rooms, between 200 and 300 sq. m in size, provide an ideal training environment. These rooms are also available to the existing core team for further training purposes. The working environment at the training centre reflects the production system. In addition, a ‘professional space’ was developed. This provides a space where factory-relevant or model-relevant processes, such as currently with the new generation of the Panamera, can be simulated in an environment that exactly matches the proposed assembly line.
Investing in the future means always thinking of the next generation. So Porsche is going beyond just talking about education, and is creating active prospects for young people from the region. The four professions of mechatronic engineer, automotive mechatronic engineer, industrial mechanic, and tool mechanic are trained here. In 2016, the company is training 30 apprentices in the automotive mechatronic engineer, mechatronic engineer and industrial mechanic professions. Students also come as part of dual study programmes. Porsche continues to invest in training centres to provide optimal learning conditions. At the moment a new training and qualification centre is being created in Leipzig. The first stage should be completed by the end of the year. The topping out ceremony is scheduled for July 2016. In the future, after all stages of development have been completed, all the professions represented at Porsche Leipzig will come together on a 5,000 sq. m area. The budding automotive mechatronic engineers will be the first to begin. In the future, qualification and training programmes for all employees will be held on the new premises.