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With sequestration and demographic trends such as the graying of the workforce having a strong impact on the aerospace and defense industry, AIA is working on behalf of our member companies to develop credible data about workforce composition, and analyze how workforce trends impact the industry’s ability to deliver to customer requirements.
AIA works with Aviation Week & Space Technology, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) to gather data about the composition of the aerospace and defense workforce: everything from age distribution and retirement forecasts, to emerging skill requirements, where we’re finding the best employees, and current salary rates.
May 24 is the due date for member companies to return this years’ workforce survey instrument. Those companies that respond to the study will receive tabulations of the data – for the industry as a whole, as well as for organizations of similar sizes. The data can be used as an effective tool in conversation with elected officials, other business leaders, investors, and education leaders in your communities. All AIA member companies are strongly encouraged to participate in the survey to ensure comprehensive data is available to analyze the current workforce, identify trends and project future requirements and challenges.
As part of the 2013 workforce study, and through our partners at Aviation Week & Space Technology, AIA is conducting additional surveys to collect information about university students and young professionals – the bright minds who will power our industry’s future.
Also with respect to the next generation of aerospace professionals, this year AIA’s Workforce Steering Committee (WSC) is meeting with major STEM programs in order to better understand what metrics are available (or needed) regarding their effectiveness in engaging young minds. We want to know which programs work best so that we can help expand their scale and impact in the future. The Team America Rocketry Challenge, FIRST Robotics, Real World Design Challenge and Project Lead the Way were the first to engage in conversations about future collaboration. Several more programs will be invited to upcoming WSC meetings for similar discussions.
AIA welcomes as chair of the WSC Gina Burns, Vice President of Workforce Strategy, Analytics & Talent Acquisition at Lockheed Martin. She succeeds Rick Stephens of Boeing, who has ably guided the committee for four years up to his retirement in March. As recent chair of AIA’s Workforce Working Group, Gina has been deeply involved in AIA’s work with Aviation Week and Space Technology on the annual workforce survey and in our collaboration with NDIA’s Workforce Division in seeking to achieve systemic solutions to the STEM education and workforce challenge at the state and local levels.
All members of AIA are welcome to participate in the Workforce Working Group, which – in addition to the quarterly state STEM meetings - holds monthly teleconferences to discuss and advance workforce-related projects.
Finally, at the AIA/NDIA/Business Industry STEM Education Coalition BISEC meeting at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach on March 6, the California STEM Learning Network launched its Los Angeles Hub. More than 150 representatives from multiple industries plus academia, government officials, teachers, the LA school district and STEM program providers participated in the day-long meeting to commit to advancing STEM education in the Los Angeles region. For more information about the Hub, please see: http://www.lachamber.com/webpage-directory/advocacy-education/advocacy-policycouncils-edworkforce-stemhub/
The next AIA/NDIA/BISEC meeting will be with the Michigan STEM Partnership on June 4-5 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Stakeholders from all affected sectors are invited to engage in meaningful and action-oriented discussions to attract, support and prepare students for good jobs requiring 21st century skills. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.ndia.org/meetings/371B/Pages/default.aspx
AIA Source: susan.lavrakas[at]aia-aerospace.org