Airbus works with the global education community to support the development of internationally minded students with the skills we have identified as important for our business in the future.
Airbus is a corporate member of the Global Engineering Deans Council. GEDC members are individuals responsible for setting the agenda for higher education in engineering in their countries and universities. The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award is a joint initiative which recognises individuals and initiatives that have succeeded in increasing diversity amongst the engineering student body worldwide.
More information on GEDC here.
IFEES works with a large number of member societies to establish effective engineering education of high quality around the world to assure a global supply of well-prepared engineering graduates and Airbus has been a member since 2012. The organisation plays an active role in organising the World Engineering Education Forum and our representative, Rachel Schroeder, Head of Employment Marketing (Airbus) and Employment Marketing Strategy (Airbus) is the co-chair of the 2015 event.
In a project from the Alouette association, students at the Lycée Aristide Briand, in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, learn technical skills while restoring old aircraft. Retired Airbus Helicopter employees support the training of the students which takes place during the academic year.
Airbus is an equal opportunities employer and aims to hire a minimum of 20% of women across all divisions annually. We are focusing efforts on facilitating access for women in areas where they are currently underrepresented.
To help achieve this, we have developed a comprehensive range of activities to promote jobs in aeronautics and space to women. These initiatives include site visits, airshow tours and events that allow female employees to help increase awareness and reinforce the attractiveness of the aerospace industry to women: forums, conferences and seminars organized by educational institutions (for example the Summer School of the International Institute of Women in Engineering).
Les Cordées de la Réussite
Les Cordées de la Réussite is a network of partnerships established between one or more institutions of higher education and with second-level high schools or other colleges.
What unites them is their shared objective to promote equal opportunities and to encourage young people into higher education. This is achieved through multiple activities, including tutoring and academic support, or help with accommodation and learning aids.
The initiative is led by young people within higher education institutions, who aim to tackle the cultural or other barriers faced by their peers considering higher education. Leading companies like Airbus become part of the ‘chain’ by offering support including mock job interviews, internships and mentoring.