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Gavin Jones Airbus  Apprentice Aamir PatelAgreement to support the aerospace workers of the future

A dynamic partnership to deliver the very best apprentices and graduates to the UK aerospace sector has been formed between Airbus and EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry.

The partnership, will help deliver the Early Careers Strategy at Airbus sites in Broughton and Filton, ensuring training is in line with industry needs and best practice.

EAL's Head of Commercial Development Natalie Wilson said: "We have a long-standing working relationship providing apprenticeship qualifications to Airbus but this new agreement takes our excellent partnership to a new level.

"It will ensure the day to day delivery of apprenticeships is aligned to future reforms whilst also providing ongoing support around the Government's apprenticeship levy.

"EAL is delighted to be working so closely with a world class company such as Airbus which puts learning at the very heart of its operations."

The partnership will also recognise excellence in aerospace with EAL certification of the Airbus Graduate programme and for young people attending work experience at Airbus the unique offer of a dual branded Industrial Cadets certification.

Gavin Jones, Head of Early Careers Programmes at Airbus (Broughton), said " EAL have been underwriting our existing apprenticeship programmes with their vocational qualifications for a number of years now. Our new partnership agreement is a reflection of the work we are now doing across all of our Early Careers programmes.

The partnership also encompasses EAL's sponsorship of the Apprentice of the Year category, which takes place at the Broughton and Filton Airbus Recognition of Learning events.

Ms Wilson handed the award to Neil Loftus at Filton and Adam Davies at Broughton at the Airbus Recognition of Learning Events on site.

"Not only to be part of such a great event, but to see apprentices being honoured during National Apprenticeship Week is truly fitting. It was fantastic not only to be able to present well-deserved awards to Neil and Adam but also to see so many inspirational young people at the event. It is clear the future of Airbus is in very safe hands," said Ms Wilson.

Mick Fleming, Head of People Resourcing from Airbus said: "We look forward to continuing our work with EAL and the wider Enginuity Group so as to ensure that our skills strategy is aligned to the needs of both our organisational development but in line with future needs and reforms. EAL provide us with the day to day support for us to be confident in how we are managing our business and it is an excellent partnership which we are proud of."