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Let's talk PROGRESS

Airbus may have high recruitment targets to meet this year with more than 4,000 new recruits being sought, or 20 people every day, however it remains committed to finding top candidates from around the world.

An EADS-wide graduate entry support programme - Progress (or PROfessional and GRaduate Entry Support Scheme), which was launched in 2008, is doing just that, by targeting 'mobile' international graduates and young professionals

“The idea behind Progress is for us to attract candidates with this profile to the company,” head of executives, band IV management and talents development Mikael Butterbach, explained. “We are looking for people who have fully international backgrounds and mindset with up to three years working experience. “Clearly, the initiative is a great way for us to find people who understand the different regions of the world where we operate and are ready to develop their skills with Airbus,” he continued. “We expect participants to integrate quickly into the teams, demonstrate the willingness and competencies to learn and contribute as well as create added value for the company.”

Across EADS, 285 people have been recruited as part of the initiative. To date, there are 150 Progress recruits working at sites across the company, with another 50 set to be recruited this year. They are provided with regular networking opportunities and development training during their first two years at Airbus. At the end of this period they are required to change jobs and encouraged to move cross-nationally.

A-mee (Pitsuda) Chancharoen who is in charge of the scheme at Airbus is herself a Progress recruit, joining the company in 2009. A Thai national, Pitsuda studied in both the UK and Germany. “I planned to make my career in Europe, Progress really has given me this chance,” she said. “It is a great programme and the network you build with the other participants helps to join up the dots between the different EADS companies.”

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