EADS marks 50 years Franco-German cooperation under the Élysée Treaty with special internship programme

Toulouse,  8-7-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty and promoting Franco-German cooperation, EADS has teamed up with the Franco-German Youth Office (Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse OFAJ/ Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk DFJW) to launch a special internship programme for young people. EADS is one of two industrial sector companies on the OFAJ/ DFJW Advisory Board.

A total of 100 two month internships across EADS’ divisions will be offered to 50 French and 50 German young people between 18 and 23, who are not otherwise in employment or enrolled in an education programme. The interns will work together and with EADS employees in a multilingual and international environment. The programme will offer on-the-job training, as well as a structured mentoring and support programme, to build work place skills, improve employability and provide a unique insight into the aerospace and defence industry.

Tom Enders, CEO of EADS, said: “Young people with an international mindset are the lifeblood of our Company and of our still young industry. They are our link to the future and key to maintaining our competitiveness on the global market. I can think of no better way to mark half a century of successful cooperation between France and Germany fostered by the Élysée Treaty than encouraging young people to carry on that work in the decades to come. EADS was founded on this relationship and is a successful model, not only of Franco-German, but also of European collaboration. As we reach more and more beyond Europe as a Group, our roots in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom continue to be fundamental to our growth and our future.”

Applications for the internship programme can be submitted via the website of the Franco-German Youth Office: www.dfjw.org/praxes

About EADS
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

About the Franco-German Youth Office (Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse OFAJ/ Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk DFJW) 

The Franco German Youth Office was founded as part of Élysée Treaty, signed on 22 January 1963 by General De Gaulle, President of the French Republic, and Konrad Adenauer, German Federal Chancellor. The FGYO is an autonomous international organisation, supported by the French and German Governments, which strengthens links between children, young people, young adults and youth leaders in both countries, encourages intercultural learning and promotes vocational qualifications.

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