Aviation career pipelines in 2017

March 20, 2017 in News for Clients

Aviation career pipelines in 2017


In 2017, creating well-defined aviation career pipelines is more important than ever.

Find out why career pipelines are so integral to the future of aviation and how you can strengthen yours:

Why aviation career pipelines are critical

On the one hand, the aviation industry is growing rapidly and looks set to continue on the same trajectory for many years to come.

But, the lack of skilled staff means growth estimates might need to be revised. This is especially problematic for smaller and regional carriers, who often can’t afford the type of employment package required to compete with larger airlines for skilled applicants.

Creating better-defined career pipelines can ensure there’s enough staff to facilitate continued industry growth and an attraction for new candidates to join the industry.

Where’s the pipeline drying up?

We interviewed numerous influential aviation professionals for our latest white paper. 50% of respondents cited highly technical roles as the most difficult to fill, including pilot (33%) and engineer/technician (17%).

Respondents cited that related difficulties including:

  • Vacancies taking longer to fill
  • Increased workload for other staff
  • Disrupted operations/delayed expansion

Alleviating this shortage can help get skilled staff into vacant or newly opened positions, to ultimately sustain business growth and new projects. To achieve this, aviation companies and regulatory bodies must work in partnership to optimise aviation career pipelines from education through to full-time employment.

How can aviation companies help improve career pipelines?

These are just some of the ways that aviation companies can play an active role in enhancing career pipelines:

Establishing pathways

The overarching aim is to create clearly defined pathways that lead from school, to further/higher education, to a fully-fledged career.

Aviation Skills Partnership

Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) is at the forefront of this push. Founder and CEO Simon Witts recently commented:

“People just don’t know what route to follow, so end up going in a different career direction… What does provide something of an alternative is increasing the role of higher education and student loans within this space.”

By providing the advice, resources, connections and support to get skilled candidates onto and through training programmes and degree courses, ASP has created a tangible link between education and aviation.

International oversight bodies

Elsewhere, international bodies are beginning to take this topic seriously. The Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) – who represent 147 training schools – are one such example.

The theme of the this year’s ATEC annual conference is ‘building career pipelines’. The event aims to “address issues facing aviation maintenance training, and to meet the growing demand for technicians.”

This includes the body’s first ever ‘Employer Expo’, which will connect recruiters to career development personnel, as well as specialist training guidance from Boeing representatives.

Testing and regulations

Testing and regulatory procedures must also be adapted to improve career pipelines:

  • ATEC are pushing to add a competency-based module to the aviation maintenance training schools (AMTS) testing process, enabling AMTS to create industry-specific educational programmes.
  • ATEC will also discuss the replacement of the outdated Practical Test Standards (PTS) with Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Airman Certification Standards (ACS).
  • Increasing educational funding, introducing Multi-crew Pilot Licences (MPLs) and even Civilian Pilot Training Programmes have all been put forward as changes that could improve pilot career pipelines.

By taking advantage of new opportunities you can play a defining role in improving aviation career pipelines.

Call on AeroProfessional to help you quickly find the most talented job hunters, even in a candidate-led job market.


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