Career Fair Aids In Workforce Challenges
A report published last summer by aviation giant, Boeing, stated some pretty startling facts concerning the future of aviation estimating that over the next 20 years, 87 new pilots will need to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner every day in order to meet the demand for air travel.
That’s one every 15 minutes.
So, on Wednesday, April 11, when the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) holds its Fifth Annual Career Fair during the 2018 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo, it will be doing its part to help a robust industry address its predicted workforce challenges over the next two decades.
The brainchild of Robb Williams, ACE Executive Director, who thought the event would be “a service to the industry,” felt the fly-in would be the perfect venue to showcase employment needs of aviation companies. His hunch was right because over 500 potential employees showed up for the Fair during its first year in 2014.
“It was a huge success and has grown every year. Last year, we had over 800 people from all over the world attending,” he said. “Exhibitor space is sold out and has been since the second year.”
There are several reasons for the success of the Fair, according to Williams. “First of all, we partner with an aviation recruiting firm, JSfirm.com and they have great databases and are able to market directly to career seekers.”
Another reason, he pointed out, is that the event which is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is conducted in a controlled and monitored environment. Each person attending must be pre-registered with a scheduled time to attend and only 200 are admitted every hour. In order to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend, one hour of the day—between 1-2 p.m.– is reserved for “Stand-By Status” so those who did not receive an assigned time may participate during that hour.
Finally, admission to the Career Fair is free. Participants just need to purchase a day ticket to the Fly-In and complete a registration form at online in order to receive a time slot.
The 14 exhibitors conduct on-the-spot interviews and on-the-spot hiring occurs for jobs such as pilots, mechanics, engineers, flight operations, flight attendants and dispatchers, according to Williams. “We will have several airlines represented such as United, UPS, Envoy, Republic and Go Jet,” he said. “And, my greatest satisfaction from this event happens when people are hired on the spot.” For information on the types of careers and minimum qualifications each airline will be hiring for, download the following form: Career-Fair-Hiring-2.15.181