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Engineers of the Future


Female ‘Engineers of the Future’ join Airbus’ New Industrial Cadets Initiative.

Programme to inspire more female engineers launched on International Women’s Day.


Over sixty female students visited Airbus in Filton, UK on International Women’s Day, as part of Airbus’ new Industrial Cadets programme to encourage more girls to follow careers in engineering.


Under the three month scheme students will study an environmental project with the help of Airbus mentors and learn more about advanced aeronautical engineering and the high-tech global world of aviation.


The Cadets, who are pupils from schools around the Bristol area and aged between 12 and 14 years, met Airbus’ female engineers and took part in a range of activities including project management and teambuilding skills. 


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.