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Aerospace Apprenticeship Program Addresses Worker Shortage

As the aerospace manufacturing industry continues to face a skilled labor shortage, many schools, organizations, and employers across the country are implementing aerospace apprenticeship programs and educational initiatives to entice young people to explore new opportunities in the diverse field.

While the commercial pilot shortage has received significant media attention in recent years, the aerospace field as a whole is suffering from a dearth of skilled workers; aerospace technicians, engineering, maintenance, and production workers are all in short supply, even though aircraft production is booming. According to Aviation Week’s 2017 U.S. Workforce Study, there are more than 27,000 unfilled jobs in the industry.

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