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Engineers of the Future

Baroness Warsi - Faith and Communities Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Senior Foreign Office Minister welcomed the initiative and the importance of encouraging more females into the aviation and engineering sector and said “Getting more women into industries such as aviation, engineering and manufacturing is vital – and exciting.  It’s vital because this is where our future economy lies, and because we need the skills, energy and dedication that girls can bring to the sector; we can’t leave this crucial field to half the population.  It is exciting because I know just how much talent and enthusiasm there is out there amongst young women at school, college and university, and we must ensure that they have every opportunity to put this talent to good use”.

“I’m delighted that Airbus - one of our leading industrial companies - has taken such a bold step in recognising the role it can play in encouraging more young women into careers in industry.  I have no doubt just how important the Industrial Cadets scheme is going to be to pupils up and down the country in showing how their studies in science, technology and engineering can open career opportunities in local industry.  But I’m especially thrilled that, on International Women’s Day, we are seeing an Industrial Cadets course just for girls – and I wish them every success”.  

Mark Stewart, Airbus General Manager and HR Director said: “Demand for engineers is growing world-wide and Airbus wants to recruit the best irrespective of gender.
Airbus offers fantastic global career opportunities and would like to encourage more women to follow careers in aerospace not only in engineering but across a range of disciplines."

“That’s why Airbus and its education partners have joined together to launch this exciting new programme. Industrial Cadets aims to inspire more female students to study and succeed in engineering and encourage more women into careers they might previously not have considered. If we are able to achieve this, then not only will we benefit from additional skills and talents but it helps keep Britain at the forefront of the world’s aviation business.”

The Bristol schools taking part in the event were Backwell School, Bristol Grammar School, The City Academy and Gordano School.


Notes to editors

Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales to inspire young people into careers in local manufacturing industry and with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government the project has been developed for national roll out by the charity The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) which specialises in linking business and education.
The Industrial Cadets programme at Airbus is called Go4SET (SET standing for Science, Engineering and Technology) a 10-15 week scheme, during which students study and research an environmental project with the help of an Airbus mentor. Aimed at female students, the Cadets work towards writing a report and preparing for the Celebration and Assessment Day on completion of the programme.

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