Non-profit educational institute ’42 Prague’ opens its doors

Mladá Boleslav, May 9, 2022 – Beginning of classes at the “42 Prague” educational institute in the Czech capital. The innovative didactic concept focuses on continuous learning and the sustainable strengthening of social skills. In the future, 150 programmers will graduate from the educational institute every year.

By opening ’42 Prague’, we are creating the ideal conditions to actively approach and successfully shape the transformation of our business. The new training institute offers talented IT professionals the optimal conditions to acquire new knowledge and to develop and improve their skills. Thanks to its innovative didactic approach, the entire program is geared towards lifelong learning.

Maren Gräf, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for People and Culture

“As one of the largest employers in the country, we are committed to strengthening the Czech Republic as an international high-tech location. Graduates of the ’42 Prague’ training institute will make a decisive contribution to the future digitization of our company, especially in the fields of software engineering, data analysis, robotics and intelligence artificial.

Christian Schenk, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Finance and IT

Initially, 150 software developers will prepare for new job descriptions and requirement profiles at the training institute co-founded by ŠKODA AUTO from September; in three years, 450 students should learn there. The didactic orientation of the institute is geared towards continuous learning and the strengthening of social skills. To this end, ’42 Prague’ relies on three different approaches. The first pillar is gamification, the progress of each student is measured in levels. In addition, students learn according to the concept of peer learning, collaborative learning and independent work. The third pillar is peer assessment, which involves learners correcting each other and thus fostering constructive discussions about project results.

The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade has awarded the auspices of the educational institute for the year 2022, which shows the prestige of the project. ’42 Prague’ is headed by Daria Hvížďalová and is the third offshoot of the Group’s ‘School 42′ coder training network after ’42 Wolfsburg’ and ’42 Berlin’. Besides ŠKODA AUTO, other co-founding companies are, for example, Trask and Green:code. ’42 Prague’ cooperates with companies such as Digiteq Automotive or with local partners, such as Czechitas, and others.

Berta D. Wells