Youth Task Force Meeting Resources
On March 31, the FAA held the second public meeting of the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. ARSA specifically represents repair stations on the body – while also pressing the interests of designers, manufacturers, operators and the broader maintenance community – and encourages members to follow up on the meeting recording (a skill recently bolstered by ARSA’s Annual Conference):
After an address from FAA Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims, the four Task Force subcommittees provided updates on their work along with preliminary recommendations and next steps. After lunch, task representatives welcomed special guest speakers who covered aviation media, underserved populations and emerging technologies.
Meeting Materials: To download the presentations and reference documents used during the meeting, click here.
Recording: The entire meeting recording is available via the FAA’s YouTube channel.
Federal Register Notice: www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/03/11/2021-05054/youth-access-to-american-jobs-in-aviation-task-force-notice-of-public-meeting
For information about the meeting or the task force in general, review the content at arsa.org/youthtaskforce or visit the committee page on the FAA website. ARSA encourages industry members to support the effort by sharing workforce development thoughts, questions, needs or lessons learned to arsa.org/contact.
Previously from ARSA on the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force…
January 22, 2021
Last July, ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto was appointed to the Department of Transportation’s Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. Since the task force began its work in the late fall of 2020, Levanto and his fellow appointees have been collecting information regarding experiences with youth engagement, career development, workforce needs and industry readiness.
To assist in that work, the association requests input from its members and industry colleagues through the survey below. It was designed by the task force’s subcommittee on trends, on which Levanto serves, and includes a series of open ended questions about programs, practices, successes and impediments for engaging youth.
In your responses, consider both your professional and personal experience. While the questions focus on aviation, you are encouraged to share good or bad experiences or insights from other industries, particularly if there is reasonable crossover into aerospace work.
If the embedded survey does not appear/load, open the survey independently by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/engagingyouthinaviation.
Note: The survey below is in an embedded window and you may need to scroll down within the window to see/click the “Submit” button.
October 13, 2020
Update: A live stream of the meeting can be viewed via the FAA’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/FAAnews
On Oct. 16, the FAA will host the first public meeting of the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto will participate in the meeting as a representative of aircraft repair stations.
The task force’s creation was mandated by the 2018 FAA reauthorization law to encourage high school students to pursue careers in aviation. Its membership was announced in July 2020; participants used the months leading up to the initial public meeting to establish committees and plan for the group’s work (see the July 21 update below for explanation of that work). Levanto selected the Trends subcommittee, which is charged with identifying what encourages or discourages young Americans in pursuing aviation careers.
Virtual Meeting Details
Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET
Objective: Establish task force baseline; introduce members and discuss their interest in the Task Force; provide an overview of Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (including roles and responsibilities); and discuss governance.
July 21, 2020
On July 17, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the appointment of 20 representatives to the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. The task force’s creation was mandated by the 2018 FAA reauthorization law to encourage high school students to pursue careers in aviation. ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto will represent aircraft repair stations.
The task force will recommend strategies for the FAA to:
(1) Facilitate and encourage U.S. high school students to enroll in and complete career and technical education courses, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
(2) Facilitate and encourage these students to enroll in a course of study related to an aviation career, including aviation manufacturing, engineering, and maintenance.
(3) Identify and develop pathways for students to secure registered apprenticeships, workforce development programs, or careers in the aviation industry of the United States.
Stay tuned for updates as Levanto and the other 19 representatives get to work. ARSA encourages industry members to support the effort by sharing workforce development thoughts, questions, needs or lessons learned to arsa.org/contact.
To review the list of task force appointees, click here.
To learn more about the task force via the FAA’s website, click here.