Grob Aerospace’s recruitment drive to appoint 60 new engineers

Written by thomas · Filed Under Aeronautics News 

June 30, 2008


All across the industry companies are facing a skills issue – a “people challenge”. At ILA 2008 Grob Aerospace not only promoted its aircraft but also its business and its attractiveness as an employer. The company has decided to actively face the industry-wide shortage of skilled engineering resources by focussing on a recruitment drive in the months to come. Grob Aerospace has set itself the task to appoint 60 new engineers within the next three to six months.

The company’s priority is to recruit engineers and technicians to be based and Grob’s main engineering and production facility in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany and at its new facility in St. Gallen, Altenhrein, Switzerland, where it will undergo completions of the spn light jet.

A number of these new jobs will be offered to ab initio and trainee engineers who will work alongside fully qualified and experienced engineers mentoring them. Grob Aerospace is committing to provide inhouse training for the youngsters, working in co-operation with several Universities in Germany for the theory training. “This is a significant and important investment for us right now,” said Dr. Andreas Strohmayer, who is leading the initiative from Mattsies.

Grob Aerospace recently participated at the Careers Centre in Berlin coinciding with the international ILA Show. Alongside high profile aerospace companies such as Rolls-Royce, EADS and Lufthansa, Grob Aerospace conducted informal interviews with prospective engineering candidates. “The calibre of engineering trainees and graduates was remarkably high. At the fair and through one to one meetings, we also met with several experienced engineers who are looking for a new challenge. We fixed a number of formal interviews, so this is a very promising start for us,” added Dr. Strohmayer.

“Our goal is to encourage more young people to follow a career in engineering and we will be making a long term commitment through new mentor and University programs,” said Niall Olver, CEO, Grob Aerospace. “If we and others in the sector cannot succeed in attracting and creating new engineering talent, then sadly aviation engineers will become an endangered species,” he warned.

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