Throwback: My trainee year

Throwback: My trainee year

When I am writing this post I have been working 14 months at Scania. Before that I was a student but that time seems very far away now!

After my longest summer holiday in 10 years I started the trainee program in August 2017. It was a lot of anticipation in the air the first weeks both from starting at a new company but also from getting the opportunity to get to know 24 new trainee colleagues! I remember that we were welcomed very warmly and then began 6 weeks of seminars mixed with production practice. Everyone in the executive board gave us their Scania story and some well-spoken words about what to do with the opportunity we now held as part of the Scania trainee program. That was followed by other Scania leaders telling us about their departments and the work at Scania, all of this to give us a comprehensive introduction to our new job.

During the autumn a lot of things was going on. We started our first 3 month rotation, I was working with a logistic project in the gearbox assembly.  Then we also got the opportunity to learn to drive a truck and take the truck license! Another fun thing happening  during the first rotation was the Sälen trip In the first week of December when we gathered up with trainees from previous years and went on the yearly ski trip!

After Christmas it was time for the second rotation. This time I wanted to broaden my perspectives and took on the challenge of a new department when I moved from production to purchasing. At the purchasing department I got involved in cross company projects within what was then Volkswagen truck and bus (now Traton). This was the first time I worked close to the Germans colleagues at MAN, but for sure not the last..

Since I already the next rotation got the opportunity to work at MAN in Munich! At MAN I worked in a team coordinating the delivery form “truck-in-a-box“. TIB is delivered to countries with special import laws that makes it very expensive to export a completely assembled vehicles. For these countries Scania and MAN is either setting up own assembly workshops or letting external companies buy, assemble and sell the vehicles. Truck-in-a-box is a concept quite far from our normal assembly flows and chassis lines, for some markets the ordered volumes can be as low as 2 vehicles/year. Spending the spring in Munich was a great experience, a long and warm spring in combination with a series of national holidays made it the best time for hiking and I really fell in love with the Alps!

And then after spending the “industrial vacation“ in Sweden I went off again to Netherlands where I am currently writing from. But my time in Netherlands I already documented in previous blog posts so for more details please read them 😊

That was my update from this week,

Next week the topic will be not so much about work but rather leisure!

See you then!

/Julia Asplund


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