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Aviation – the next generation: practical experience from 8th grade

25.11.2014Career and Job

Hamburg schools, Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT) launch joint pilot project "Career Orientation Aviation".

"What do I want to do when I grow up?" For many pupils, this is a tough decision in the light of the vast array of career options and the lack of practical experience. A Hamburg pilot project being run by players from the city's aviation industry has now opened the door to gaining practical experience in aeronautical engineering career paths from the 8th grade. In the "Career Orientation Aviation" project, apprentices from Airbus and Lufthansa Technik visit schools and talk about their work. After this, pupils can try work processes for themselves at the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT), with the option of more detailed one-on-one conversations about work experience and training options.

The "Career Orientation Aviation" pilot project is starting with six Hamburg schools; apprentices from Airbus and Lufthansa Technik visit the participating classes in these schools to talk about the aircraft mechanics and aircraft electronics fields. This is followed by two practical events at the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT). This gives pupils "hands-on experience of aviation": under the expert guidance of trainers from Lufthansa Technical Training, they can try out typical tasks from these career paths, making their own work-pieces. The third step involves the pupils visiting Airbus and Lufthansa Technik on operations days to get to know the career areas in the respective companies.

After the programme is completed, everyone is free to decide whether to focus more clearly on an aviation career or not. Airbus and Lufthansa Technik offer every participant the opportunity of a one-on-one discussion about specific future perspectives. The next step is work experience in one of the companies in the course of the 9th grade, and a follow-on internship with integrated recruitment test to facilitate moving into trade training at Airbus or Lufthansa Technik.

The "Career Orientation Aviation" pilot project, developed by the Ministry of Schools and Career Training in conjunction with Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, is the latest product of Hamburg Aviation's educational "think tank", the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT). The aim of HCAT is to achieve a closer institutional intermeshing of schools, universities and the aviation industry in the context of training and developing specialist personnel.  The HCAT building on the site of the State Vocational College for Manufacturing and Aircraft Engineering in Borgfelde is also a globally unique joint campus for practical training, and this campus is deliberately incorporated in the new career orientation project.

"This concept is unique in Germany's education sphere"

"A concept like this, where local schools cooperate with aeronautical engineering companies in the context of career orientation across various year levels, and where successful pupils are given the opportunity to move straight into trade training, is currently unique within Germany's education and training sphere," says Ingrid Schilling-Kaletsch from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation (BWVI) in Hamburg. "We believe that this concept that we have developed has the potential to show the way forward for other industries and locations."

"Airbus is one of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region's largest employers. We want to excite boys and girls about our fascinating industry early to ensure that we have access to the right specialists to build and design our aircraft in the future. The new career orientation concept is yet another demonstration of the unique and successful cooperation between government departments, the industry, educational institutions, and business associations," says Jan Balcke, Head of Career Training at Airbus Germany.

Michael Paarmann, Head of Training at Lufthansa Technical Training, says that "Hamburg is one of the world's most important locations in the civil aviation industry. There are vast career perspectives for young people here, from design, development and construction of aircraft through to their modification and reliable maintenance over decades at Lufthansa Technik. The cooperation between schools, HCAT, Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, and Lufthansa Technical Training enables us to give young people an insight into this fascinating world at an early stage of their career thinking. This provides completely new practice-based inspiration and motivation for mathematics and physics, enabling pupils to grasp the sense and potential of these subjects."

The Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT) stands for cooperative training and education models in the field of aviation. At the start of November, the Hamburg state government decided to establish an HCAT Association, jointly funded by the city and the commercial sector, to further expand activities in the future.

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