Achieving gender equality across the many different positions in the aviation industry can be a challenge. While the industry generally performs better than others when it comes to a gender balance, there is still much work to be done, particularly in some of the more technical roles at aerospace manufacturers.
To tackle this problem, Airbus has been putting the issue of gender balance at the centre of its corporate strategy. Airbus' diversity and inclusion networks manage topics such as work/life balance, career development, integration of disabled employees and furthering gender balance through equal employment opportunities. The short-term goal for Airbus is to increase the number of women recruited to 30%. Currently, only 17% of the Airbus workforce a quarter of the Board of Directors are women.
To inspire young women for careers in aeronautics, Airbus invites high school female students to visit its facilities and meet its female employees to talk about their experience and understand how the company can engage them. Airbus also participates in career fairs and conferences promoting women in aeronautics and breaking gender stereotypes, as well as sponsoring a number of external associations: Elles Bougent (FR), Capital Filles (FR), Airemploi, WISE & WES (Women’s Engineering Society) (UK), IAWA International Conference, Everywoman (UK), Alta (UK), WIA (GE and FR).