Airbus signs partnership agreement with Cranfield University to develop future skills

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Job : Sun 24 Jul 2022

Updated: Sun July 24

Airbus has signed a partnership agreement with Britain’s leading aeronautics and engineering institution, Cranfield University, to ensure graduates have the skills to meet future challenges in a complex and competitive aerospace environment.

The signing ceremony took place last week at the Farnborough International Airshow in the presence of university representatives and senior Airbus management.

Cranfield University is the latest university to join the Airbus Academic Program (AAP), which aims to partner with universities and higher education institutions around the world to develop a pipeline of talent and innovation at at the forefront of the industry by fostering world-class academic relationships.

“These partnership agreements underscore our commitment to working hand-in-hand with academics and leaders in engineering education to develop and secure the skills the aerospace industry will need in the future,” said Thierry Baril, Director of Airbus human resources. “Developing the right talents and skills is essential to our success. We are proud to partner with Cranfield University in our quest to pioneer sustainable aerospace.

The agreement aims to foster long-term collaboration in all areas of mutual interest, including the development of strategic skills, notably in the areas of decarbonization, digital transformation, software engineering and cybertechnology.

“We are proud to be part of this program – there is no doubt that this exciting and rapidly changing sector requires a flow of highly skilled talent,” said Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace at the University of Cranfield. “Our long-standing work at Cranfield around intelligent automation, robotics, thermal management, space, helicopters and defense will feed into this program, creating the talent of the future for aerospace.”

Airbus is committed to providing development and learning opportunities for young people by investing in early career programs (graduates, trainees and apprenticeships) in 2023, growing 26% in the UK compared to 2022. Airbus offers 15 different degree apprenticeships as an entry route to the Airbus team, with applications opening in September 2022.

2022 also saw the launch of the Airbus Global Graduate Program (AGGP) which will create 190 new positions in the UK in September 2023. This cohort will develop technical experts, future functional and commercial senior managers through a dedicated development program .

In January 2022, Airbus announced that it had launched a recruitment plan for around 6,000 new hires across the group across the company’s various functional and geographic areas, with over 500 people hired in the UK so far. day in 2022.

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