Aircraft Technologies Group announced yesterday that they have launched two new programs aimed at combatting what they see as an impending skills gap problem and providing the industry with a fresh source of aviation mechanics and other skilled technicians.
The programs, Aviation NETWorX, and the Aero Skills Tournament, have been under development by ATG for the past 5 years. According to ATG, they are now live, starting with what’s being described as “a full market Beta test.” Here are the details on the two programs:
With the help of this program, an “integrated, data connection system, and virtual office,” aircraft maintenance, manufacturing companies, and trade schools will be able to access thousands of skilled technicians with just a mouse click. According to company officials, the NETWorX platform is a “self-serve, multi-port system” that’s based on a system ATG has developed and perfected over 17 years for finding and vetting skilled aviation mechanics and other skilled technicians.
Aero Skills Tournament
The AST, which will be administered through NETWorX, is an outreach program designed to both raise awareness and create excitement for the aviation industry and trades. They aim to do this through competition based events. According to ATG, over 40 part 147 schools have already been engaged in the AST program for 2017 and into the future. Exhibition events are planned for 2016 , with Regional and National competitions planned for 2017.
Jay Logie, the founder and CEO of ATG, had this to say about these new programs:
“Younger people are not being attracted to the aero maintenance trades in sufficient numbers to replace the older technicians that are retiring, nor to compensate for the expected industry growth. These two programs are aimed at attracting young people and to provide hiring companies access to thousands of qualified individuals. It’s time for a new approach.”
For more information on the program, check out the ATG website.