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Global ‘young talent’ accolade for Uitenhage auto engineer

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VOLKSWAGEN Group South Africa (VWSA) employee Rachel Kobo has been honoured with the Best Apprentice title given to only a handful of top young talents across the Volkswagen Group.

Kobo was among 50 young men and women worldwide to be chosen to receive this accolade, which recognises outstanding performance from young employees within the group. They were selected from a pool of 7 000 apprentices. The awards, which are normally presented during a ceremony in Wolfsburg, Germany, were instead handed over to each recipient in their home country due to COVID-19.

Kobo, 28, joined VWSA as a graduate in February 2019, and currently works as a Component Engineer in the Uitenhage-based Product Engineering division.

“From when I first heard in 2019 that there was a Best Apprentice award, I knew I wanted to earn that title,” she said. “To me, this award means that my commitment and efforts are being recognised. It’s a great first step for me to keep improving and set my bar higher every time.”

Thabo Nkoane, Director of Human Resources at VWSA said, “As a company we invest in talented, deserving graduates through our Graduate Trainee programmes. This award serves as proof that such programmes are crucial for nurturing their talent and developing dedicated employees and future leaders”.

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