Students visiting the Farnborough Airshow’s Innovation Zone during today’s Futures Day event had many questions about engineering and the career opportunities with Airbus and its EADS parent company.
Employees, apprentices and human resources staff were on hand at the information centre within the Airbus-sponsored Innovation Zone to speak with students about careers, as well as to discuss the available apprenticeship and internship opportunities. The Futures Day event has become a regular feature of the Farnborough Airshow, with the goal of informing and motivating the future generation of aerospace industry managers and workers.
Airbus intends to hire 4,000 additional employees in 2012 – with many of these openings in various engineering departments – as it expands globally, increases production and moves ahead with new programmes.
The company has the aim of recruiting qualified females to comprise 25 per cent of these new hires – especially in engineering, where fewer females are pursuing careers. Mark Stewart, human resources director for the United Kingdom, said Airbus parent company EADS is looking to hire a total of 1,000 female engineers into all of its companies this year.
“Our workforce has been traditionally a very male-dominated environment, and we recognise the benefits that come with being a more diverse organisation, both multi-culturally and gender-based,” said Stewart.
For Airbus lean processes specialist Lucinda Driver, the love of aircraft engineering started as a child when she was curious about how airplanes flew. Since then, her passion has expanded to examining engineering procedures, and developing new methods to make processes more efficient – something she does daily at her job, and believes this current generation would enjoy as a career.
“You’re never going to get bored, because there is a new challenge every day,” said Dancer.
Stewart said some 50 volunteers were on hand this week at the Farnborough Airshow to interface with students and prospective employees to promote the company’s career objectives – with some of these employees staffing the Innovation Zone, while others were available at the dedicated EADS pavilion.
“We recognise that we have to invest heavily in attracting the talent of tomorrow today,” Stewart said.