Aviation Workforce Development, in partnership with the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), will host the first ever Aviation/Aerospace Workforce Issues Think Tank, May 7, 2013, in Minneapolis.
The aviation/aerospace industry is facing the “perfect storm” of 21st century leadership development issues: Large retirements of the baby-boomer generation, changing U.S. demographics, and the rising demands of the world economy, politics, and technology. Fundamentally, this means not enough well qualified and trained and certified personnel to meet demand. The industry cannot afford to raise the risk factor by not having a plan to alleviate the stress. The pressing question: What must be done and by whom?
The United States aviation and aerospace industries must act now to head off finding their leadership position on the world stage diminished. As older workers move toward retirement or into different areas, new workers search to develop their careers, and incumbent populations hope to regain employment.
The objective of the Think Tank initiative is to bring a small group of key aviation/aerospace industry leaders literally around a table to roll up their sleeves, address this looming crisis, bring real-time action items to the agenda, create measurements with tracking/reporting to monitor and follow through to tackle this daunting issue.
• Create a “neutral, competent” organizer — Aviation Workforce Development (AWD) — as the center of excellence and competence to keep track of and continuously press on all parts of the industry and academia to work on this problem.
• AWD would be that catalyst to oversee a national incentive to reach into middle and high school programs with a curriculum that will be fully assessed for effectiveness and function.
• Industry feedback and oversight needed to ensure this new initiative would “change the numbers” for those entering aviation/aerospace career tracks.
Those onboard so far with a seat at the table:
- AWD Dr. Tara Harl & Board of Directors
- Boeing Mark Albert, Director Training & Development
- Jeppesen (to be announced first of year 2013)
- MAC Mitch Kilian-Director Government Affairs
- NATCA Vice President, Trish Gilbert
- NBAA President, Ed Bolen
- PAMA President, Dale Forton
- United Airlines Director of Flight Training, Derrin Groubel
- AOPA President Craig Fuller
For more information: AviationWorkforceDevelopment.org
Dale Forton is president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). Find out more about PAMA at PAMA.org