There is a great deal of drilling and hammering going on at Saab's training premises in Linköping. In just a few weeks, the nine students will be heading off to internships, followed by a probationary period of six months for all those who pass the course. "We have started bringing young people into production again," says Peter Andersson, HR Manager for production at the aerostructures unit at Saab Aeronautics.
Jesper Mankelius and Niclas Tellström have completed seven of the course's 20 weeks. "We will probably both get jobs in the civil area with the Boeing production line," explains Niclas.
The training is a basic course in assembly which came about thanks to increased demand for workshop personnel at the aerostructures unit at Saab Aeronautics.
All nine of the students on the course are male, something that Peter Andersson wants to change in the future.
"The company will have an even better dynamic when we have a mixture of ages, genders, cultures etc. We will therefore be arranging a special Ladies' Evening during the autumn, to inspire females to apply for our courses in future."
Even before the first students leave the course to test their wings in a probationary role, it is time for the next group to begin their professional training.
"We have planned a further two training rounds during the autumn and spring." concludes Peter Andersson.
"Most of the students have a relative or family member at Saab," explains Peter Andersson. "I think it is a positive sign that they have recommended their workplace to the next generation."
The assembly training course is a joint venture together with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen). The course not only provides professional knowledge, it also gives a broader understanding of the construction of an aircraft and how it works.
Saab has also established a broader partnership with Linköping municipality and Industrikompetens i Östergötland AB regarding an industrial technical training course. The goal is to gain employment at Saab directly after graduating. The course is primarily aimed at adult students and is one of several efforts to secure the provision of skills in the industry.