Aerospace could be the savior of our state’s unemployment, but many jobs are still not filled.


Engineers develop and test systems for the 787 aircraft at the Boeing Integrated Test Vehicle lab in Seattle. (Photo: AP)

I had an interesting discussion yesterday with Kim Shepard, 97.3 KIRO FM Anchor about the fact that employers are having a hard time finding job applicants that have the technical skills needed for the hundreds of jobs in aerospace that are going unfilled. While many want to blame schools, (I don’t share this thinking) there needs to be some responsibility for getting graduates from our training programs shared with the manufacturers themselves and the jobs that are available. I am hoping that a new tab on our CoE website will offer employers the link that they need. Soon the COE will be providing a matrix of all the aerospace and advanced manufacturing training programs being offered in the state. Start dates, end dates, number of cohorts and the skills graduates will have after completing the course. There will be a name, phone number and email contact for each graduating course. The goal is to have employers visit this page regularly and recruit from our many aerospace and advanced manufacturing programs. Listen to the interview and let me know your thoughts! http://mynorthwest.com/11/678109/Lack-of-qualified-job-applicants-whos-at-fault

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About COEAerospace

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing of Washington state is a conduit for collaboration and engagement between industry and K-12 and post secondary higher education. We work to develop the talent pipeline and economic infrastructure to facilitate continuous innovation and growth for aerospace and manufacturing in our state and beyond.
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