A young Airbus talent rewarded, en route for the final in São Paulo
The 43rd edition of “WorldSkills”, a competition promoting apprenticeship and professional training, was held in France from the 28th to the 31st January 2015. Kévin Sanchez won the gold medal for his category, “Aeronautical Maintenance”, ahead of 850 other young talents working in some fifty different professions. For this competition, the young man had to complete six tests, including, among other things, electrical wiring, mechanical construction, quality control, not to mention the dismantling and reassembly of aeronautical parts…
Kévin Sanchez, aged 23, works in Toulouse, France, on the Final Assembly Line for the A350 XWB, the most recent member of the Airbus aircraft family. After a CAP vocational training certificate, followed by a Professional Baccalaureate in Airframe System Mechanics at the Airbus Lycée in Toulouse, the young man embarked on an Aeronautics BTS advanced vocational training certificate in the work-study programme at Airbus, working on the A320 Final assembly site. He was then hired as quality inspector for the A350 XWB in September 2014.
Kévin remains modest about his success and emphasises the importance of the preparation he had done beforehand. “I practiced regularly so that I could learn and develop new technical skills with the help of my coach at the Airbus Lycée. I was also able to benefit from physical and mental preparation with military instructors and rugby players at the Stade Toulousain, with the backing of my region (Midi-Pyrénées, in south-west France),” he added.
Concentration, endurance, resistance to stress, technical rigour and precision are all qualities that led Kevin to victory.
“We are very proud of Kévin’s success: Airbus and its partners need young talents like him, because excellence in aeronautical technical professions is essential for the development of our industry. Through his perseverance and rapid progression, this quality inspector – trained at the Airbus Lycée, and now an employee of our company – should be seen as a role model for young people who want to design, produce and develop the most efficient aircraft in the world,” declared Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer Airbus Group & Airbus.
Kevin Sanchez will represent France in his category at the “WorldSkills” international competition which will be held in São Paulo, Brazil from 10 to 16 August.
The WorldSkills competition, for which Airbus quality inspector Kévin Sanchez won gold in the “Aeronautical Maintenance” category in January 2015, promotes apprenticeship and professional training