Commitment to Education Inspiring the next generation

Airbus invests in education in the communities we support, sharing our passion for science in general and aerospace in particular.

University Relations: connecting with students and academia

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.

The Airbus Global University Partner Programme

Bringing industry and education together, the Airbus Global University Partner Programme connects a global network of universities to develop the engineers of the future. 

The programme currently covers 21 universities in 11 countries, each of which is supported by an Airbus employee acting as an ambassador for the company. Over the course of 2017, Airbus is looking to further expand its AGUPP network, adding five more partner universities.

Discover the Airbus Global University Partner Programme (AGUPP) 2016 Report.

Watch the best-of video of the 5th Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme that took place in Toulouse in April 2017

University delegates on a tour of the A350 Final Assembly Line

From April 19th to 21st, nearly 30 representatives from 20 partner universities around the world and 70 Airbus employees gathered at the Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse for the 5th Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme (AGUPP) during which they participated in presentations and workshops on competencies, innovation and diversity

The example of our collaboration with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Thanks to the Economic Development Board programme, Ernest Tan, student at Nanyang Technological University, is doing his PhD at Airbus Innovations.

In Singapore, many of Airbus Innovations’ projects are performed in close cooperation with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Technology & Design.
Projects include an agreement between Airbus Defence and Space and NTU to study high-capacity satellite transmissions. This will create greater growth opportunities for operators through the use of multi-beam and multi-satellite systems.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas

The first workshop felt like ‘an explosion of creativity’ according to Gary and Gregor, Airbus Innovation Week 2014

Fly Your Ideas is a unique global student challenge. Teams from all academic profiles are invited to innovate with Airbus and UNESCO for the sustainable future of aviation. 

Learn more about the challenge

Fly your ideas, an Airbus Student award

Awards and Sponsorships to recognise excellence

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Fadi Aloul, GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2015 Recipient

The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognises the people and projects worldwide which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), have named Dr Yacob Astatke, from Morgan State University in the USA, as the recipient of the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award for his work in engineering education.

2015 Award – Adelaide, Australia

Three candidates, from 29 applications worldwide, were selected as finalists for the 3rd GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. On 1 December 2015, Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) named Professor Fadi Aloul of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates recipient of the 2015 Award for Diversity in Engineering Education. 

Professor Aloul was selected as the Award recipient for his key role in developing a common first-year programme at the AUS, which introduces undergraduate students to the engineering profession, stimulating their critical thinking, creativity and innovation. To date, over 10,000 students from 92 nationalities have taken part, with an average of 35 percent female students.

2014 Award – Dubai, UAE

Three finalists were selected from over 20 candidates from 12 countries for the 2014 Award. They presented their ideas before a distinguished evaluation committee at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Dubai. Their selection criteria focused on the measureable success of the initiative, the transferability of the idea and the potential to inspire others.

Marita Cheng was selected as the recipient of the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Dubai on 3rd December 2014. She received $10,000 USD to support and develop her work in this field.

2013 Award – Chicago, USA

The GEDC and Airbus recognised three inspiring finalists in 2013. Over 20 individuals from universities in 12 countries around the world were nominated for their work to increase diversity amongst the global engineering student body.

Ana Lazarin from Wichita State University, USA, was announced as recipient of the Award on Monday 21 October at a gala dinner dedicated to diversity in engineering, which took place at the famous Art Institute of Chicago. She was selected for her outreach, recruitment and retention programmes which resulted in a 91% increase in the number of under-represented minority students and a significant increase in diversity in engineering education at the College of Engineering at Washington State University over the previous 5 years.


2014 ARGUS award's winners

Airbus Defence and Space encourages the link between science and commercial application, seeing it as a driver of innovation. Every year, the ARGUS Science Award honours outstanding Bachelor’s/Master’s and Diploma theses in the field of telecommunications and high-frequency technology.

For further details on ARGUS, please click here (PDF file - 2MB)

UK Work Experience

Airbus wants to inspire young people everywhere, which is why we offer a unrivaled work experience programme. The Airbus Division of Airbus runs liaison activities with schools near its two UK locations. The aim is to inspire young people to become the engineers of the future.

Work experience pupils 2

Our Work Experience programme sits within the flexible framework of the Industrial Cadets scheme, which allows us to accredit the programme.  It is aimed at students aged between 14-19 years studying at a school or college in the UK, and is devised to support the UK national curriculum requirements.

The programme is designed to introduce young people to the workplace, develop personal skills and raise careers awareness; hence it includes employability and presentation skills. Pupils will be encouraged to complete certain tasks; collate information; spend time in a chosen department; and complete the programme by preparing and participating in a presentation.

For most of our placements a sound knowledge and understanding of Maths and Science (in particular Physics) is essential whether that be at GCSE, AS or A2 level. An interest in Engineering, especially Aeronautical, is also beneficial. However, we also have placements in numerous business areas where particular skills in IT or Business are relevant.

Students who become an Industrial Cadet have a unique chance to explore industry from the inside. When they graduate at the end of the week long programme at Silver level, students will have developed and demonstrated skills that are valued by universities and employers.

For enquiries, please contact

How to apply

Applications for our 2017 Work Experience programme have now closed.

Please check back this autumn to apply for Work Experience in 2018.

Opportunities and applications for Filton

Applications for our 2017 Work Experience programme have now closed. 

At Filton we offer Work Experience placements across a range of areas including:


The A400M is our first purpose-built military transporter aircraft; able to travel further and faster, and packed with state-of-the-art technology. The engineering and manufacture of the A400M wing takes place at Filton and is the first wing we have constructed primarily using carbon fibre.


Including fuel, information management and integration, environmental control systems, and general systems, as well as Landing Gear; where our team are responsible for the architecture, design, integration, certification and in-service support of aircraft landing gear.


Relating to the Wings, UK Structures Engineering activities includes developing approaches for design and manufacture; evaluating damage limits of aircraft; working with manufacturing on the development of materials and processes and identifying ways of improving wing design to make it easier to build and maintain.

Our Wind Tunnel at Filton encompasses non-specific design activities that deliver data used for the detailed design of aircraft components and systems.


ICT is the interface between software suppliers/developers and users. Services include development and testing of tools for the business; implementation of new tools; supplier integration and IT user support.


The Finance teams in Filton work within various areas of the business to provide close support to the operational teams. Activities include financial reporting, financial control, planning, and budgeting. Students applying for this area should have an interest in Finance. 


Providing after-sales technical support to customers who have purchased an Airbus product.  Employees in our Customer Services teams have operational experience of aircraft design, aircraft operation and the airline industry.


Responsible for producing all types of graphic design material (posters, brochures, 2D and 3D illustration) to support all areas of Airbus in the UK. Students applying for this area should have an interest in Art, Design, Illustration or Graphics.

BUSINESS SUPPORT FUNCTIONS (HR, Recruitment, Library, Administration)

Vital Business Support Functions at Filton include Human Resources, Recruitment, Administration and our on-site Library. Strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills are key in these office based areas. 


Supporting all aspects of the engineering design process, to ensure our products meet high standards and achieve Aircraft certification requirements. 


Responsible for providing externally sourced goods and services to the time, cost, and quality requirement of the business .The Airbus procurement organisation – including supply chain and purchasing activities – plans, negotiates and procures all materials and suppliers used in the manufacture of aircraft. 

Opportunities and applications for Broughton

Applications for our 2017 Work Experience programme have now closed. 

At Broughton we offer Work Experience placements across a range of areas including:


Learn about the role of an engineer and how they support the manufacture of our aircraft wings.


Essential in wing design, the stress and load on an aircraft wing needs to be understood both during the manufacturing process and during flight.


Find out how the wings are built and put together on a production line during the manufacturing process.


Supporting all aspects of the manufacturing process to ensure our products meet the high standards required for aircraft manufacture.


A diverse function split into three processes; planning and scheduling, supplying products through the ordering teams, and distributing products.  


This department deals with a huge number of suppliers; sourcing, negotiating and purchasing all equipment from office chairs to aircraft components.


Lean and Agile is the philosophy and toolkit to continuously enhance the customer value of our products and improve the way we make them, so we can deliver the best product for the customer, as efficiently as possible.


Vital Business Support Functions, including Human Resources, Communications, Facilities and Administration are key to an organisation's success. Strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills are important in these office based areas. 


The Finance teams in Broughton work within various areas of the business to provide close support to the operational teams. Activities include financial reporting, financial control, planning, and budgeting. Students applying for this area should have an interest in Finance. 


Responsible for directing the safe movement of aircraft arriving and departing from the Broughton airfield. These placements are available to students studying AS/A level or equivalent.

Education outreach activities in the UK

In an increasingly technological society, being skilled in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a valuable asset to have and can lead to exciting and rewarding career choices.  Students often overlook them, yet they form a skill-set that is in high demand by employers.

Airbus wants to encourage school pupils everywhere to be inspired and motivated by the STEM subjects, and what can be achieved through them.

In the UK, Airbus supports and runs numerous outreach activities with school pupils, either through national events or local activities. The aim is to motivate them to become the engineers of the future.

Airbus in the UK

We work in partnership with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) to deliver a programme of activities to local schools.  Through the EDT we are an Industrial Cadets (IC) employer enabling us to have a direct influence on the development of skills in young people aged 11-19.  Our aim is to build a future talent pool, as well as raise aspirations and career awareness. 

By working closely with local schools we encourage pupils to take an interest in STEM subjects and help them to develop their employability skills. Students can gain a unique insight into industry through our Industrial Cadets programmes, building their skills and knowledge whilst being mentored by industry role models.

The Industrial Cadets flexible framework allows us to a run Bronze and Silver level programmes. Once successfully complete, the pupils taking part will then graduate as Industrial Cadets, becoming part of a national accreditation network.

How You Can Get Involved With Airbus in the UK

Airbus recognises the value of preparing pupils for the world of work and is keen to support pupils who are interested in a career in the aerospace industry. We participate in numerous events, detailed in the table below. These events have a strong emphasis on STEM subjects and are aimed at pupils from primary school age through to A-level, whilst others are aimed specifically at pupils seeking a career with Airbus.

Paper cutouts

Fly your own paper aircraft in Airbus colours or in your own colours.

Click on any of the links below to download the .pdf file and print on heavy grade paper for better results.



Initiatives and Projects in France

Alouette Association

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' mentors pass along their knowledge to the new generation.

Elles Bougent

Airbus and other leading companies of the aerospace industry introduced 150 secondary and high school female students to the world of aerospace during the Elles Bougent event at the 2015 Paris Airshow.

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.