Aviation Workforce Development, Inc. in Partner with The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Announces the First Ever:
Aviation/Aerospace Workforce Issues Think Tank
Tuesday May 7th, 2013 Minneapolis, MN.
Think Tank Issue: 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 the new vehicle and retiring personnel replacements required. 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 & aerospace industries must act now to head off finding their leadership positions 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.
Objective of Think Tank Initiative: 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 with deliverables to tackle this daunting issue.
• Create a “neutral, competent” organizer (AWD) as the center of excellence and competence to keep track of and continuously press on all parts of the industry and academia to continuously 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 insure 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
JEPESSEN (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 CEO, Craig Fuller
More information at www.aviationworkforcedevelopment.org.
About PAMA: The purpose of PAMA, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, is to promote a high degree of professionalism among aviation maintenance personnel, while improving methods, skills, learning, and achievement in the field of aviation maintenance. In addition to conducting national, state and local meetings and seminars, PAMA’s ongoing activities include fostering communications, recognizing excellence and collaborating with governmental and other organizations to enhance the safety and stature of the maintenance profession. For more information, visit PAMA online at pama.org.
About AWD: Aviation Workforce Development is the labor market information tool for career entry and development in an industry 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. Aviation Workforce Development will connect interested parties in like-minded ventures, offer templates for change, and encourage cross generational bridging.