The skills gap is hitting many different industries. But according to the journal of aviation few industries are as widely affected as the aviation and engineering sectors. A lack of pilots is starting to affect airlines and if not fixed soon, it will continue to worsen. Based on figures from major aircraft manufacturers, the industry needs to find 500,000 pilots over the next 20 years to keep the commercial airlines running alone. But the lack of air crew is only part of the problem that is also affecting personnel involved in maintenance and design, technicians and engineers. According to VP of Boeing Global Services, Europe needs 111,000 new maintenance technicians by 2030.

the gap in growth.

The entire aviation industry is affected and it is leading to intense canvassing to recruit all the profiles needed to complete projects. Airlines will want to recruit those who work in MRO (maintenance, repair & operations) companies due to the extent of their experience. These worrying statistics could mean that there will be slower growth in the MRO market. The age of workers is increasing with large numbers looking to retire in the next few years so there needs to be a guaranteed influx of workers entering the industry to cope with demand, and the only way to do this is by dealing with the recruitment problem now.

decline in STEM take up.

Several professionals in the sector highlight the problem bringing in more aviation workers is down to the lack of available candidates. The sector is having a hard time making young people want to join it. The same is true for production and while in principle it appears to be a more attractive career path, it still isn't popular enough to keep up with demand. Interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering & maths) is on a downward trend. Several companies are doing their best to promote the sector in schools across the country by taking the technology to them to showcase how interesting and rewarding a career in STEM might be. This could be vital in sustaining a long a prosperous future for the aviation and engineering industry and it is time for all businesses within it to work together to close the skills gap.


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