The International Air Transport Association (IATA) declares that it's time to be proactive about the aviation industry's potential workforce shortage. In its March 31, 2016 Training Newsletter, the IATA suggested that training and development are vital next steps.
Direct from the article, located on the IATA's website, is the following excerpt.
The size of the commercial aviation workforce is expected to almost double by 2032. Coinciding almost perfectly with large scale retirements of prior generations and the industry’s recent financial instability, many aviation businesses already are struggling to attract and retain qualified staff.
Though indeed a looming issue for the industry, we have had advance warning. A number of industry analysts, IATA experts included, have predicted a sharp increase in air traffic demand, and it is no secret that the ageing baby boomer generation is nearing retirement.
So why have we yet to see any concerted action from the industry? This is not a simple problem, and it certainly does not have a simple solution. But as these projections become reality, we as an industry need to act. The industry has started to address workforce issues in dribs and drabs, though it is unclear how this will provide long-term results.
Efforts have been focused mainly on the most visible aviation professions – pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers – though this is only a fraction of the diverse jobs that the industry supports. As the demand for air traffic grows, so will the many businesses that support the commercial aviation infrastructure.
Training and development is an additional investment for businesses, requiring substantial resources, time, and effort. Like it or not, specialized training is a necessity in our industry - not only to maintain our stringent operating standards, but also to expand our businesses and produce results.
Expecting each business, region, and industry sector to develop its own internal training and development solutions is unrealistic. Cooperation is important for widespread industry issues such as the future of the workforce.
CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article, which continues to address the workforce need, as well as training/development steps:
- How we train
- Attracting new talent
- Retaining talent
Though we're addressing Nevada's aviation workforce development, we're excited to meet the entire industry's challenges through strong partnerships and collaborations.