Looking Back to Move Forward on Workforce Policy
On Nov. 10, ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto participated in Global ATS-V. The international event was the online replacement for multiple aviation training trade shows overseen annually by the Halldale Group. Levanto and Ryan Goertzen of ARSA enterprise member AAR Corp. provided context and perspective on repair station workforce needs in their session on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Staffing Today and Tomorrow.”
Responding to pressures from the global pandemic, Halldale reimagined not only presentation methods but also event content for Global ATS-V. Combining the presenters and resources from a number of regional training symposia into a single around-the-clock and across-the-globe series of panels and discussions, the event’s theme has also been updated to reflect the unprecedented times: “Reset, Restart, Rebuild – Collaborating to Develop the Future of Aviation Training.”
Levanto and Goertzen spent the first 41 minutes of their presentation enjoying their pre-recorded discussion encouraging event viewers to “remember where we were.” After their recorded versions said farewell, the pair went live for a moderated Q&A with FAA Chief Scientific and Technology Advisor for Human Factors Bill Johnson.
Session 9: Maintenance – Repair Stations: The Impact of Covid-19 on Staffing Today and Tomorrow
The pandemic and related aviation business crisis has caused some to question whether we need no longer worry about the industry’s workforce. Furloughs, layoffs, early retirements and other reductions have allowed employers to worry less about finding new talent while instead trying to keep current employees on the payroll. While key stakeholders – including the US government, thanks to mandates from Congress and FAA focus – have remained committed to long-term aviation career development, here’s a challenge for anyone with doubts: Remember where we were when all this started.
To download a PDF copy of the session materials (promised repeatedly by Levanto during his insistence viewers explore linked resources in the presentation), click here.
For general information about Global ATS-V, session recordings and other Halldale events, visit www.gats-event.com.