ILA 2010 – Seeking the next generation for the aerospace industry

ILA CareerCenter presents vocational opportunities in the advanced technology field on 11 and 12 June

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Berlin, 1 April 2010 – As an expanding sector the aerospace industry creates employment in a fascinating hi-tech field, and over the next few years it will offer many jobs for well qualified personnel. However, despite this positive situation on the employment market, there is a shortage of specialist staff. According to recent statements by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) there are vacancies for some 1,200 engineers in aviation and space technology alone. It is against this background that the ILA 2010 (8-13 June) on the southern section of Berlin-Schönefeld Airport acquires particular importance in the efforts to attract newcomers to the industry. The two-day ILA CareerCenter, on 11 and 12 June, is aimed at everyone who is considering a career in the aerospace sector. For pupils, students, newcomers to the industry or experienced specialists: the CareerCenter in Hall 6 offers all of them an opportunity of obtaining wide-ranging information about career prospects, and they can also make direct contact here with future employers. The patron of the CareerCenter is Germany’s Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle.

With more than 60 companies and institutions involved, and a 30 per cent increase in floor area, the ILA CareerCenter is already attracting a larger participation than at the ILA 2008. Among the exhibitors in the 3,000 square metre hall will be Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, German Air Traffic Control, the German Aerospace Centre, Diehl, EADS, Liebherr, Northrop Grumman LITEF, Rheinmetall and Rolls-Royce Deutschland. Completing the programme will be a series of papers, company presentations and advice on submitting job applications.

Careers information at first hand

Representatives from business and politics, from trainees to CEOs, technicians to test pilots, will be at the CareerCenter to talk about the complex and diverse world of work in the aerospace sector. The papers will cover a wide range, encompassing the fascinating jobs that are on offer in the space sector, advising on career prospects for pilots, and offering information about the grants available for engineering courses, the opportunities in the aerospace industry for personnel leaving the armed forces, and some fascinating reports about everyday life in various professional fields.

The partners cooperating in the ILA CareerCenter are the American German Business Club Berlin e.V., the ’bonding’ student initiative, the Federal Employment Agency, The National Universities’ Security Policy Association, the German Aerospace Association Lilienthal-Oberth, the European Association of Aerospace Students EUROAVIA, the organisation “MINT Zukunft schaffen”, the youth magazine “Spiesser”, StepStone, Europe’s Portal for Careers and Recruiting Solutions, and the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association YATA.

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Latest details about the programme of papers and other important information can be found on the internet at Prior to the ILA 2010 this website will be presenting an online game with opportunities to win prizes, and a wealth of additional information about many aspects of “Careers in the Aerospace Industry”. Fascinating insights are also provided on the CareerCenter blog at The ILA CareerCenter also features on all the main social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Xing and StudiVZ.

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