The nation’s leading independent provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services has launched a major initiative to attract more talent to the sector. Called the Eagle Pathways program, the initiative is aimed at facilitating access to technical careers in a field that will need 189,000 new specialists in North America over the next 20 years. AAR Corporation CEO John Holmes says the initiative is necessary because nearly a third of aircraft maintenance technicians are likely to retire in the next several years at a time when aircraft fleets are growing but recruitment of new talent is lagging. AAR’s Pathways program stresses working with two-year educational institutions near its domestic repair stations, updating government certification procedures, and alerting prospective employees to the benefits of a career in aviation support. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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