In honor of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8, Airbus has announced its plans to hire more women in 2012. The aircraft manufacturer anticipates that women will make up one fourth of the 4,000 new employees it will welcome this year, despite gender discrepancies in the engineering field.
In a press release, Airbus admitted that the aircraft-manufacturing sector has traditionally been considered male-dominated. Women, however, can bring a unique skill set to the table, Airbus explained.
“Airbus is developing women’s careers at all levels of the company with the objective to broaden its know-how and soft skills on managerial capabilities by increasing the number of women in management positions,” according to the press release.
To foster a women-friendly environment, Airbus has established specific programs to mentor and coach female employees. “A number of specific actions have been introduced to prepare and promote women at different levels by identifying female talents and their career path,” Airbus explained in the press release.
Thierry Baril, Airbus’ executive vice president of human resources, was quick to point out that such actions weren’t undertaken to meet specific quotas. “I’m convinced that a more balanced proportion of women at all levels of the company can only improve Airbus’ performance,” he said in a statement.
“Offering equal chances is an essential cornerstone of the Airbus corporate culture,” Baril added.