EADS and its Divisions Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter invite students and professionals to ILA in Berlin

Berlin07 September 2012

  • EADS and all Divisions offer information opportunities for interested engineers
  • Innovation and careers workshops
  • Personal encounters with engineers and Human Resources representatives
  • EADS hosts Femtec summer ceremony
  • 1,800 employees hired in Germany in 2011; same level expected for 2012 Berlin,

The German aerospace industry is a job-creation machine. In Germany, the branch expanded from 88,200 employees in 2007 to around 100,000 today. The need for qualified applicants is expected to continue in the future. Consequently, EADS and its four Divisions – Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – are inviting professionals, students and graduates to 27 different workshops at the ILA Air Show in Berlin from 11 to 16 September.

Guests can choose from a wide range of workshops on product-oriented topics such as the development of next generation helicopters (Eurocopter) or the possibilities and limitations of propulsion systems for missions to Mars (Astrium), to new strategic challenges like cyber security or the Eurofighter’s export prospects (Cassidian) and career-related topics such as trainee and internship opportunities at Airbus. Using practically-oriented examples, Cassidian provides an insight into the work of a system engineer, and Airbus dedicates a workshop to the fascinating job profile of a supply chain field engineer.

With 130 nationalities on board, EADS is an international company where diversity is at the heart of the Group’s corporate culture. A whole day will therefore be dedicated to this topic at the ILA: On Friday, 14 September, the company will be organising the Femtec network’s annual summer ceremony, whose guests will be 250 female engineering students from Germany’s most renowned universities. The Femtec association promotes women in natural science and technology. Of the 1,000 women the company aims to hire this year in Europe, it has already managed to recruit over 800.

A special mentoring programme for women is tailored towards the cross-divisional promotion of young female recruits within the company. Additionally, EADS has established networks in which women address issues such as work-life balance, career prospects and the perception of women in the workplace together with the company. Furthermore, the EADS Diversity Board was established in 2011 under the chairmanship of Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer EADS and Airbus, with the aim of promoting diversity within the workforce.

The range of topics is diverse for professionals, too. Saturday, 15 September is therefore dedicated to experienced applicants: Future projects and career opportunities at EADS and its four Divisions will be presented to candidates in customised workshops for experienced engineers. Currently, radar and stress engineer profiles as well as experts in industrial processes (LEAN) and in the supply chain sector are highly sought after.

Thierrry Baril, Chief HR Officer EADS & Airbus says: “If you are interested in a career in an international high-tech company, you should seize this opportunity to gain a rapid and comprehensive overview of the entire Group. The employment prospects in the aerospace industry are outstanding! Last year, EADS hired 1,800 new employees in Germany alone, and recruitment is expected to remain at the same level for 2012.”

EADS also places importance on encouraging young people to take an interest in the aerospace industry. To this end, the company has invited over 150 pupils from the Berlin-Brandenburg region to the ILA on 14 September. Pupils will learn more about the world of flight by talking to EADS experts and get to the bottom of the aerodynamic phenomenon in an entertaining way, such as by observing a formation skydive.

At the show, EADS will furthermore discuss topics which were also highlighted in the UNESCO study about covering the future need for engineers with representatives of important universities. EADS has been supporting the initiative to improve the perception of so-called MINT subjects (Maths, IT, Natural Sciences and Technology) for several years already. The aim is to encourage more male and female students to take up these subjects. The EADS Divisions have established a network of male and female MINT ambassadors who visit schools and encourage boys and girls to study natural science or technical professions.

About EADS

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.



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