Need For Qualified Staff?
ICAO estimates that, in the next 20 years, airlines will have to add 25,000 new aircraft to the current 17,000-strong commercial fleet.
By 2026, we will need 480,000 new technicians to maintain these aircraft and over 350,000 pilots to fly them
The underlying problem
Simply stated, the demand for aviation professionals will exceed supply. Factors include:
– wholesale retirements in the current generation of aviation professionals;
– aviation professions not attractive enough to potential candidates;
– competition with other industry sectors for skilled employees;
– training capacity insufficient to meet demand;
– learning methodologies not responsive to new evolving learning style;
– accessibility to affordable training;
– lack of harmonization of competencies in some aviation disciplines;
– little awareness by the “next generation” of types of aviation professions available.
Solutions must be globally-harmonized in nature and include human resource planning tools, accredited training and educational programs adapted to the next generation, and wide-ranging cooperation among concerned stakeholders.