Could Skoda be about to follow Mercedes-Benz into the pickup market? One might think so, based on the Czech brand’s newly unveiled concept.

However the Skoda Funster pickup won’t reach showrooms – it is the result of a trainee project run by Skoda’s Vocational School in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic.

The pickup is based on a Fabia supermini. It sits on 18-inch ‘Gemini’ alloys from the Octavia RS and is powered by a 1.2 TSI petrol engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

The students spent a lot of time on the Funster’s looks, with a theme of steel-grey and moon-white with the sills, grille surround and the rear spoiler finished in a contrasting reflex-green. Other notable styling touches include the LED lights mounted below the sills and bumper.

The Skoda Vocational School offers young adults three- or four-year training programmes in technical subjects. The students graduate with an apprenticeship diploma or NVQ level 3 respectively.

Skoda first ran its ‘Trainee Car’ project at the school last year. This year’s programme involved 23 trainees assisted by the brand’s chief designer Jozef Kaban and production director Michael Oeljeklaus.