Airbus takes part in the first European meeting of young apprentices

 

2 October 2008 Press Release

During the major European apprenticeship festival being held on 2 and 3 October at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, bringing together 13,000 young European apprentices, a delegation of thirty people, including about twenty apprentices from Airbus' various European sites (French, British, German), will represent the professions of the aeronautical industry.



At present, Airbus' workforce includes nearly 2,000 apprentices undergoing training for the aeronautical professions, with 272 in France, 473 in the UK and 1,200 in Germany.



"Airbus implements a proactive policy to develop apprenticeship in its core competences at every level of training from operators through to engineers. This policy makes it possible to invest in the company's strategic competences with a system of initial training perfectly suited to the requirements of the aeronautical industry," said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer. "A particularly effective policy because, this year, a young employee at Airbus Saint-Nazaire was, at the age of 21, designated Meilleur Apprenti de France (Best Apprentice of France), in the Airframe Mechanic category", he added.



From the creation of Airbus in the 1970s, apprentice exchanges were rapidly put in place between Germany and France. It was then in 2000, that Airbus set up a three-step European programme for its apprentices based on: raising awareness of intercultural exchanges (600 apprentices trained each year), stays abroad (230 apprentices a year), and training abroad (80 apprentices a year).



The capacity of Airbus' employees to work in a multicultural environment is a factor in the success of the company in which more than 80 different nationalities are represented. This environment is also a factor in the success of the apprentices who benefit from a wealth of diversified experience unequalled within the European aeronautical community.



Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer headquartered in Toulouse, is a global company employing about 56,000 people around the world. Airbus has 16 production sites in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. These sites are responsible for manufacturing complete sections that are then shipped to Airbus' final assembly lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and Tianjin in China, where it has recently opened a site. Besides this industrial network, the company has Design Offices in Europe, North America, Russia, China and India. Airbus also has subsidiaries in the US, China, Japan and the Middle East.



Airbus is an EADS company.