European aerospace giant EADS and its four divisions–Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter–will hold more than 20 workshops here at the Paris Air Show to help recruit more than 4,000 new-hire employees and 4,000 interns. Entitled “Work for EADS,” the workshops will take place every day this week, apart from Sunday. Participants will meet top EADS executives, engineers and human resources representatives.
Highlights of the recruitment activities include Diversity Day on June 21, Intercultural Day on June 22 and Professional Day on June 25. EADS personnel will meet participants at the company’s HR lounge on the static display in front of Hall 2A.
According to Jörg Kutzim, head of the EADS Recruitment Center, the workshops will give students, graduates and experienced professionals the opportunity “to discover what it’s like to work for EADS and to meet experts and see what motivates them to continuously push boundaries.”
Registration for the workshops closed in late May. EADS expects more than 1,000 participants and is providing all with entry tickets to the airshow on the day of their workshops and reimbursing part of their travel expenses.
In a recent survey conducted by Sweden based employer-branding consultancy Universum, EADS was ranked third among 100 top-preferred employers in Europe, just behind Google and Audi. The survey was conducted among 19,890 engineering students at 100 leading academic institutions across Europe. The consultancy reviewed more than 60,700 employers before choosing the top 100 for ranking. Participants in the pan-European survey represented 135 nationalities among the continent’s top academic institutions. Last year, EADS was ranked seventh.
“Our aim is to recruit over 4,000 new employees in 2011. In times of economic growth and increasing scarcity of qualified employees, it is extremely important to appeal to young people seeking a job. Our fascinating products such as the Airbus A380 or the Ariane launcher definitely support this goal,” said Jussi Itävuori, head of EADS human resources. “In order to retain talented young people…we are launching initiatives to improve professional development opportunities and career paths of our employees...”
Earlier this year, EADS and its divisions were honored with the Randstad Award as most preferred employer in Germany, France and Spain. In France, personnel marketing institute trendence and Universum rated the group as most preferred company for engineers.
EADS currently employs some 122,000 people and generated €45.8 billion ($65 billion) in revenue in 2010.