Firms at Careers Event Will Find High-Flyers of the Future; Airbus, a Champion of Employee Development, Is Helping Wales Capitalise on Job Opportunities by Supporting SkillsCymru, the Nation's Biggest Ever Careers Event. Here, Mark Stewart, HR Director and Country Manager at Airbus UK, Explains the Importance of Attracting New Employees and Improving the Skills of the Workforce

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Byline: Mark Stewart

FOR a business to stay at the forefront of its industry, it needs to recruit the best talent and encourage its workforce to develop new skills and maximise their potential.

All clichs aside, employees are a business's greatest asset. It is for this reason that Airbus makes every effort to connect with prospective workers and upskill those currently working in the company.

By investing in its people, a business will ensure expertise in the future, power innovation and remain a step ahead of the competition.

Education and skills have a real role to play in shaping the future workforce, and employees who pursue qualifications not only improve their potential, but that of their employer.

Airbus's apprenticeship scheme, a combination of classroom and on-the-job training, is one example of how educators and employers can work together to the benefit of all parties.

The scheme, which is one of the largest programmes in the UK's private sector, enables participants to earn money while learning.

Those that progress to degree level have the advantage of being supported by the company to obtain their degree without the associated debt of a student loan.

The three-year programme consists of a year at a relevant college and two years of on-site work experience within the business, allowing participants to sample work-based learning in different areas of the organisation.

This involves hands-on manufacturing that takes in a different department roughly every six months, ensuring that not only will an apprentice develop a wide-ranging skill set, but will also understand the aircraft manufacturing process and how the business works.

Beyond this, our Higher Apprenticeship programme gives young people with good A-levels an opportunity to gain a foundation degree, vocational qualifications and a real opportunity to progress on to a full bachelors degree and beyond.

It's essential that current and prospective employees have access to training opportunities that will enable them to fine tune their skills, adapt to a new role or simply broaden their breadth of knowledge. …