From assembling a model of the Airbus A380, the worldâ€™s largest passenger aircraft to carry out a simulation of a launch mission to space, more than 30 female students from the UAE got an opportunity to participate at the Airbus Little Engineer workshop held alongside the Global Womenâ€™s Forum in the UAE.
The workshop conducted by Airbus Middle East in partnership with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) aims to instil a passion for science, technology and engineering among young girls and to encourage them to pursue a career in the aviation industry.
Despite major advancements in gender diversity and career progression opportunities, women are vastly under-represented in the regionâ€™s aviation and aerospace sectors. Through its creative and hands-on sessions, Airbus Little Engineer workshops at the Forum seek to promote an appreciation for aerospace education among young and talented female students.
â€œCurrently more than 2500 students have benefitted from the Airbus Little Engineer workshops in Middle East and Africa, fifty percent being females,â€ said a senior official of Airbus.
Airbus is a division of Airbus Group SE that manufactures civil aircraft. It is based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, with production and manufacturing facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain, China and the United Kingdom.
Airbus employs around 63,000 people at sixteen sites in four countries: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. The company produces and markets the first commercially viable fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus A320, and the world’s largest passenger airliner, the A380.
Over the years, Airbus has emerged as a market leader in aviation sector after it began as a consortium of European aviation firms to compete with American companies such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Lockheed.