Skilled recruitment represents a chokepoint for industry. Whilst Government can assist, it is for industry to apply knowledge and skills to optimum effect. The 5% Club represents a fantastic opportunity for UK industry to organically grow the vital skills in the areas of greatest need. Skills are a pre-requisite of growth and the 5% Club will play its part in securing Britain’s long-term success by developing our technicians, engineers and scientists of the future.
Robin Southwell, CEO EADS UK
The 5% Club is focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce. Its members consist of FTSE350 companies and similar sized companies who want to make a difference and support the UK’s ability to compete in increasingly tough global markets.
Members voluntarily sign up to support. The 5% Club Charter and EADS are committed to making a difference to the UK’s prosperity on the global stage.
Astrium Graduate - Catherine Bateson
Division: EADS Astrium
I joined Astrium in Sept 2012 as a Graduate Production Scheduler after completing an undergraduate masters course in Mathematics at the University of Bath. Here I am part of the AIT Scheduling team, working with the schedules for our various satellites, analysing how work is progressing and managing resources through the various manufacturing departments.
As well as analysing the current status of departments, we plan for future requirements, based on predicted future projects. I find it very interesting collating information about the status of components from colleagues across departments, in addition to working with the schedules themselves. Following the logic of a build sequence can often get quite complex and being able to rearrange a procedure or find a key inconsistency can be challenging but immensely fulfilling.
AIT, and Astrium as a whole, are dynamic and inspiring places to work, especially as a graduate, because of the fast pace of the work and you never what challenges you will face next. It is also very rewarding to know you are able to make a valuable contribution to the team.
Astrium Graduate – Andrew Sheppard
I started the Graduate Development Program at Astrium in 2012 after graduating with an MSc in Astronautics and Space Systems Engineering from Cranfield University. I work in the ENS department which stands for Earth Observation, Navigation and Science, and means that I deal with the more unique and specialist space missions.
During the program we rotate placements every six months within the company in order to increase our exposure to the activities elsewhere and even across different sites; my second placement was in the mechanical design office in Friedrichshafen, South Germany!
At the end of the scheme I will end up in my home department which is spacecraft systems engineering, this is ensuring that a spacecraft meets the requirements of the customer at every level in a project, from its individual subsystems and parts right up to the full spacecraft itself. I spent my first seven months working as a systems engineer on the European Mars rover, ExoMars. This was a fascinating project to start on as it is an Astrium first, we will be sending a rover to the surface of Mars to search for signs of life, past or present, which is extremely exciting!
Astrium Apprentice - Ella Ellisdon
I have been an Astrium Engineering apprentice since September 2012; I joined as I got to spend the first year studying for PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) and BTEC National in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering qualifications at Highbury College in Portsmouth. I am currently in industry doing real hands on work for the company, studying for my NVQ level 3, as well as doing block release back to college to gain a HNC in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. This will continue for my final two years on the apprenticeship. A massive positive of this apprenticeship scheme with Astrium, is that you get to move around the company, working under different people, doing different types of engineering in each placement. This gives the apprentices the chance to develop themselves and gives the opportunity to see what department you would potentially like to end up in. Every day is different, and being able to adapt and change to different challenges that arise, makes the work place a great place to be a team member of.