WASHINGTON, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and the National Aviation Consortium, hosted the National Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Workforce Summit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

“By 2025, the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million manufacturing jobs going unfilled. The Summit helped bring industry leaders together from around the country to address this issue and codify solutions,” The Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly said.

The looming shortage of skilled workers 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. Successful partnerships have been created between industry, its industry associations, its educational partners and the Federal and State government. This event brought national attention to the issue and expanded employer engagement.

This event brought industry leaders together in a half-day forum to publicize the challenges faced by the aerospace and defense industry in finding and training the 21st century skilled technical workforce and identified best practices, such as the National Aviation Consortium, to address the need.

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 project, a $15M U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. WATC, Edmonds Community College, Guildford Technical Community College, Ivy Tech Community College and Tulsa Community College are committed to prioritizing the alignment of education and workforce to meet the job demand for the aerospace and defense industry.

Related Tags:

MI News

© 2019 Manufacturing Institute
733 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001