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Airbus apprentices pass on employability tips to Glyndŵr University students


October 21 2015

Airbus employees helped university students get a step ahead in the graduate employment market by strengthening their team-building, communication and leadership skills.

Four representatives from the aerospace giant’s graduate trainee programme visited Glyndŵr University Wrexham to pass on some tips to final year undergraduates and masters students.

The group led a full day of interactive activities designed to build core ‘soft skills’ highly sought by graduate recruiters – including communication, problem solving, team working, negotiating and influencing and presentation skills.

Tasks included a ‘which items would you take’ exercise on a fictional trip to planet Mars, where the students were encouraged to test their negotiation and influencing skills.

Neil Pritchard, Glyndŵr University Careers Adviser, said: “It was a fantastic day and an opportunity for our students to engage with one of the biggest employers in the local area.

“Glyndŵr University has a proud record for helping students find graduate level employment when they leave us and this has been built by organising events like this.”

The best performers from the employability workshops will be given the opportunity to visit the wing manufacturing facility at Airbus Broughton, where wings for A320 family, A380, A330 and new A350 are made.

Glyndŵr University has an established association with Airbus which saw the opening of the Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre at Hawarden Industrial Park in 2010, also in partnership with the Welsh Government and Coleg Cambria.

Research at the centre led by Glyndŵr University is targeted at developing faster manufacturing and processing techniques for composite materials, which will help to meet future demand for aircraft and composites in general.

Glyndŵr University offers degrees in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering at both undergraduate and masters levels.

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