On August 28th, Lori Renne, Director of Marketing, from the PA Chamber of Business and Industry met with representatives from PIA to discuss outreach initiatives to attract students to fill the projected skills gap in the aviation industry. Her visit was inspired by PIA’s recent ranking in a Forbes article recognizing the top two-year trade schools fighting the nation’s skills gap.
The PA Chamber of Business and Industry, the largest broad-based business advocacy association, has teamed up with Mike Rowe and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to raise awareness of rewarding careers in the trades and to award scholarships to students in pursuit of a post-secondary education in the skilled trades.
PIA’s Steven Sabold will be the September guest on PA Chamber of Business and Industry’s blog discussing PIA and the aviation industry. In addition, Lydia Nuzum from the Pittsburgh Business Times was in attendance and wrote an article entitled Filling the gap: Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics seeks ways to expand outreach statewide. Unfortunately a subscription may be required to read the full story, but here is a small excerpt:
PIA’s needs are echoed in a 2016 Workforce Development Survey conducted by the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation that revealed 52 percent of Pennsylvania employers believe recruiting qualified candidates is “extremely difficult,” and 57 percent believe finding qualified candidates will become more difficult in the next five years. Only 21 percent of respondents characterized the current labor force’s job readiness as “excellent” or “good.”
Visit pachamber.org to learn more about the newly established partnership with PIA.