Networking Breakfast

Setting the Context
Aviation, aerospace, and the manufacturing industry make America strong.  They are critical to our nation’s standard of living and our quality of life.  Yet threatening the industry is the looming shortage of skilled workers.  The shortage threatens the future competitiveness of the U.S. aviation and aerospace industry. Almost 40 percent of aviation and aerospace employees are eligible for retirement today. Fortunately the aerospace industry has been proactive in the creation of solutions to address this problem.
David F. Melcher, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association

By the Numbers 
The skills gap is real and growing. According to the 2015 Skills Gap published by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled. The skills gap will result in 2 million of those jobs being unfilled.
Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute                            

Is the Skills Gap Real?
The aviation, aerospace, and defense industry continue to work through the skill gap challenge through innovative partnerships with their community and innovative training programs. 
Pete Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Norma Clayton, Vice President of Learning, Training and Development, The Boeing Company
Maggie Laureano, Vice President of Human Resources, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.
Moderator:  Carole Hedden, Editorial Director, Aviation Week & Space Technology


Examples in Action 
The skills-gap issue in manufacturing has received considerable attention in the national press but few sound countermeasures are being suggested, not to mention implemented. The aerospace and defense industry, always on the forefront of problem solving, is one of the few market segments that seem to be finding answers to this serious and complex problem.  
Cindy Hoover, Vice President, 737 MAX Program, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Collie Hutter, Chairman of the Board, Click Bond, Inc.
Jamie Moore, Chairman and President, ADDAPT
Moderator: Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute

Lunch: National Aviation Consortium
The National Center for Aviation Training’s managing partner, Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) is serving as the lead institution for the National Aviation Consortium (NAC) project as the recipient of a $15M U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. Consortium partners include lead colleges from Oklahoma (OK), North Carolina (NC), Washington (WA), and Indiana (IN). The consortium is committed to prioritizing the alignment of education and workforce to meet the job demand for the Aviation and Aerospace industry. The consortium’s evidence-based workforce development plan will pave the way for TAA-impacted workers and other qualified candidates in our communities to retool and retrain for high-skill, high-wage employment opportunities in aviation. 
Sheree Utash, Interim President, Wichita Area Technical College

Closing Remarks
Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute

Optional Working Sessions – Unpacking NAC for Replication
“NAC-in-a-box” - Can the NAC be replicated by employers across the country?  Learn how the NAC Implementation Guide can be used by employers to replicate the successes of the National Aviation Consortium.

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