AIA’s new Workforce Policy Council (WPC) is forming working groups to address each of the council’s five focal issues. Companies represented on the WPC and any other interested AIA members are encouraged to name subject matter experts for the following:
The Workforce Analytics Working Group will focus on obtaining high quality demographic data and identifying key workforce trends. The group will advise Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine on the annual aerospace and defense workforce study. Data and analyses will be sought for understanding how to effectively retain a current critical workforce as well as how to recruit top talent into the industry.
The Workforce Learning and Development Working Group will identify the skills needed for the future workforce, and consider establishing in partnership with relevant federal, state and local agencies job training programs that support employment readiness. The group will provide recommendations for igniting a demand-driven education and training system for tomorrow’s workforce. It will also address the issues of skills certification and credentialing as well as the effectiveness of other training and development programs for current aerospace industry employees.
The STEM Workforce Working Group will seek opportunities to build partnerships on STEM education and long-term workforce development programs that are innovative, targeted and scalable. The group advises AIA on how we can grow the Team American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and strengthen its effectiveness and impact as an aerospace workforce development program. In partnership with the NDIA STEM Workforce Division and working with Battelle, the group this year will conduct meetings of STEM stakeholders on the subject of workforce preparation in Cleveland, Ohio; Newport News, Virginia; and Huntsville, Alabama.
The Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Working Group will make recommendations on programs, partnerships, policies and other best practices to advance diversity and inclusion. Given the aging of the aerospace and defense workforce and changing national demographics, both practicality and fairness demand that our companies recruit and retain more females and ethnic minorities than in the past. Hiring from other underrepresented groups, such as the disabled, and young military veterans is also a priority.
The Workforce Messaging and Branding Working Group will develop a communications strategy including projects, events and tactics to strengthen and expand industry branding and messaging on workforce issues. One set of messages may highlight how federal R&D spending impacts education and talent development that in turn shapes the capabilities of our workforce and its capacity to innovate and remain competitive. Other areas to be explored include sponsoring joint exhibits at conventions and conferences to recruit professionals, and partnering with the Department of Defense on a campaign to excite and inspire middle school students with technology and programs related to national security.
To name a representative to any of these working groups, please contact Susan Lavrakas: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2014 schedule of AIA workforce meetings is available on the AIA website.