Pathways to Aviation announces the first-ever Aviation Career Week to be held from May 12 to May 19. The organization will illustrate the aviation industry’s greatest workforce issues, promote career opportunities, and connect industry leaders with its next generation.
The week-long celebration features two extraordinary events, where industry executives and local business leaders will discuss the industry and interact with high school and college students interested in pursuing aviation careers. The first will take place on Tuesday, May 15 at Advanced Aviation in Reno, with the other occurring on Thursday, May 17 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.
“We’ve spent the past four months providing valuable mentorship and career planning best practices to 76 students, in preparation for the networking night and subsequent internships and jobs,” says Eric Henry, Pathways to Aviation board president. “Our Futures in Aerospace program has soared from just 20 students in 2017 and we anticipate even greater growth next year.”
The aviation industry is facing a severe workforce shortage. For example, Boeing reports a projected need of 118,000 new mechanics and 120,000 new pilots over the next two decades. With an annual attrition of nearly 50,000 industry personnel, the ripple-effect could result in higher consumer costs, reduced cargo and personal flights, and plenty of travel woes.
The organization formerly known as the Reno Air Racing Foundation embarked on a mission to not only prevent a shortage in Nevada, but to clear the airspace for businesses to relocate to the state due to what it hopes to be an abundance of skilled labor.