The industry is facing a massive technical workforce shortage, as evidenced by government and industry reports and studies. Some include:
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 5% growth for aircraft mechanic and technical careers in the next decade. The Bureau projects 12,400 new technical job openings in the next ten years.
- Airbus projects a need for 630,000 new technicians worldwide in the next 20 years—up from the company’s 2017-2036 estimate of 550,000 new technicians.
- Boeing’s needs estimate is even higher; the manufacturer says that the commercial, helicopter and business aviation industries combined will require 754,000 new technicians by 2037, with a quarter of the demand coming from North America.
- An Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) report estimates that there are more than 2,500 unfilled technical positions in the U.S., costing the repair station industry upwards of $642.5 million in annual revenue.
- A Helicopter Association International study projects a shortage of 7,649 pilots and 40,613 certificated aviation mechanics in the U.S. by 2036.
- A report provided by Oliver Wyman, a technical consulting group, forecasts that demand for aviation maintenance technicians will outstrip supply by 2022.
- A 2018 ATEC report found that mechanics are retiring faster than they are being replaced. New entrants make up 2% of the population annually, while 30% of the workforce is at or near retirement age. And while AMTS capacity increased by 2% in the last year, enrollment decreased by 2%.
A cross-section of industry stakeholders, representing all industry segments, are coming together to address the imminent workforce need. Once ample support is obtained and required funding secured, the coalition will embark on the following initiatives.
Market Research Report
Research firms will facilitate focus groups and quantitative internet studies to pinpoint the target audience, determine what marketing initiatives will have the most impact and identify career perception challenges and opportunities.
Campaign Brand Development
Expert creative development resources will be harnessed in order to craft clear and consistent messaging points, tone of voice and look and feel. Activities may include:
- Development of a tested and finalized outward-facing name and campaign logo
- Creation of identification package to include fonts, colors and usage guide
- Release of an official website
- Creation of social media accounts
Content Marketing Development and Strategy
Campaign architects will identify effective marketing opportunities to bolster workforce development. The content marketing strategy will develop content that speaks and reaches the target audience including video testimonials, an organic social media campaign that provides a 2-way conversation around choosing a career path, targeted display ads, and mobile games and apps.
After drawing insights from our deep-dive research, develop content that engages and drives a call to action, deploy messaging, and optimize content placement. Some of these might include:
Once developed and deployed, the marketing strategy will be constantly measured and assessed on the performance of each platform, tactic, and activity. Depending upon the platform, performance assessments and optimizations will be made on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis.
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