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CREATE A WORKFORCE PIPELINE
As the shortage of skilled workers grows, aviation companies
are getting creative in their efforts grow a workforce pipeline.
Three years ago, Airborne launched its Structures Apprentice
Program. This program offers mechanical aptitude tests for candidates, who consider joining the structures program. Once selected
and accepted, the individuals become Airborne employees, but
begin work as a student. The company pays them an hourly wage,
provides paid time off (PTO), medical benefits, and eligibility for
the company-sponsored 401(k) program. The training program
covers critical areas such as safety training, tool maintenance and
control, material identification, drawing interpretation, precision
measuring, fastener identification, up to and including metal
forming and preservation. Each student receives, at no charge, a
roll-away toolbox, filled with basic structures tools. These tools
are theirs to use if they are an Airborne employee.
Once students complete the three-month classroom portion
of the program, the company assigns them a mentor and they
continue to develop their skills while working side-by-side with
this experienced FAA-licensed co-worker. After students fulfill

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specific and documented on-the-job training (OJT) requirements,
they can apply to the FAA for their Repairman's Certificate. After
a minimum period of 18 months of OJT experience, students can
apply to the FAA for the Airframe Exam. Airborne also offers a
pay progression plan that allows employees with satisfactory performance, measured by their supervisor against various indices,
to advance through the pay scale at an accelerated rate, much
quicker than the standard annual merit evaluations. Employees
in this program receive a quarterly evaluation that identifies
opportunities to advance their skills. FAA-licensed technicians
in this program can progress to the highest pay categories in
less than five years.
Airborne also offers an A&P test preparation course, provided
in partnership with Ohio Means Jobs, which assists tenured
employees in earning their A&P licenses.
"These programs, added to our Accelerated Advancement and
Working Hero Program, consistently add skilled individuals to
our workforce. We consider it our responsibility to maintain a
highly trained workforce that can deliver consistent results for
our customers," Templeton says.
Meanwhile, AAR is making huge strides with its EAGLE
Pathway program. The curriculum enhances instruction and job
experience for students, and includes mentoring, job shadowing,
and academic support. EAGLE Pathway students are guaranteed
an interview with AAR. In addition, participating students can
receive up to $15,000 in tuition reimbursements from the company.
"We partnered strategically with schools geographically centered near our facilities," Goertzen says. The program is currently offered at Western Michigan University, the City Colleges of
Chicago, Rock Valley College, Lake Superior College, the Aviation
Institute of Maintenance, and Wichita State University Tech.

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Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
Commercial/MRO: Never Scrap Your (Composite) Component Again
Cover Story: NextGEN Awards
Product Update
ARSA Insight: The "Good Example" Movement
ATEC Insight: Rise Above the Noise
Advertisers' Index
Editor's Sign-off: I am a Next Gen
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