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Skills Gap in the Aerospace Sector

Working Group 2: Skills Gap in the Aerospace Sector

This working group started:

  • On the one hand: to help the hiring organizations in the aerospace sector, especially our corporate members, in finding solutions to the talent shortage in the aerospace industry, by sharing relevant skills information with our corporate and Partner Universities.
  • On the other hand, inform our individual members about the kind of skills that are demanded in the sector, so that they have more chances in the recruitment processes.

The importance of this topic has increased in the past year due to:

  • One: An expanding and rapidly diversifying sector demanding an increasing number of skilled employees.
  • Two: The uneven distribution of the aerospace industry and skills across Europe.
  • Three: Rapidly changing technology, supported by digitalization and artificial intelligence.
  • Four: The retirement wave of the expert workforce in the near future.
  • Five: Difficulty to attract talent to the sector, sometimes motivated by aspects like salary, working conditions or interests.

In the frame of this working group we have developed a white paper in which existing studies have been analyzed and the research additionally supported by a poll and a set of interviews with relevant companies of the industry. The white paper also contains a set of recommendations and shows the commitment of WIA-E to bridge this gap.


Find out:

  • What is the current skills deficit in the aerospace sector?
  • Are new graduates matching the skill set needed by industry?
  • Which soft skills will become increasingly valued alongside technical competencies?
  • What are the key challenges stakeholders need to overcome?
The White Paper “Smart Working – Challenges and Opportunities” contains recommendations on further initiatives to be implemented by a WIA-Europe Working Group. All WIA-Europe members are invited to join the Working Groups and contribute with their experience and expertise.

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Working Group

Inés Sánchez Barbero / Kathie Bowden / Anna Chrobry / Coraline Dalibot / Maria Pia Di Donato / Christie Maddock / Smiti Maini / Sahana Shastry / Shima Suresh / Susanne Svensdotter
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