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Future aviation workforce needs revamp for technological transformation. The outcomes of Engage 2 panel discussion at Airspace World

Rome, March 28th 2024 –  On Thursday, March 21st, the panel Future Aviation Workforce and new skills for a transformative future, moderated by Veronika Takacs from Deep Blue and organised by Engage 2, took place during the event “Future skies: tomorrow’s voices” at Airspace World, in Geneva.

The panel was composed by prominent speakers, including Sharon Cooke, CEO of Airways International and Peter Kearney, CEO of AirNav Ireland. They discussed the necessary skill sets for meeting the demands of the future aviation sector. Diana Kelly, the Chief Human Resources Officer at NAV CANADA, Thomas Romig, the Vice President at Airports Council International (ACI) World and Ann Persson Grivas, CEO of Luftfartsverket (LFV) led discussions on potential career paths and identified the skills necessary to bridge the gap between the current and future workforce.

The session highlighted the importance of developing skills with agility to keep up with the ever-changing aviation industry. Participants highlighted the increasing importance of soft skills, especially in customer service, and the need to align skill sets with technological advancements.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in workforce expectations, requiring a recalibration of recruitment and selection strategies. Initiatives are underway to redefine required competencies more frequently. The emphasis is on attracting passionate individuals who embody the evolving ethos of the aviation industry.

To attract young talents, the panel emphasised the need to use innovative platforms like TikTok for employer branding and engage with high school students to cultivate interest in aviation careers. Additionally, accommodating the evolving expectations of the workforce, such as offering customisable work environments and facilitating opportunities like sabbaticals, emerged as crucial strategies to appeal to the younger demographic.
The panel recommended fostering collaboration between industries and educational institutions to ensure a pipeline of skilled professionals. They suggested enhancing mentorship programs, supporting industry-backed master theses, and strengthening links between academia and industry. This should even extend to high school level partnerships.

Engage 2 takes centre stage at Airspace World 2024 with Future Skies: Tomorrow’s Voices

Rome, March 26th 2024 –  At Airspace World 2024 in Geneva, Engage 2 hosted the special event Future Skies: Tomorrow’s Voices. The event made a notable impact, and received significant attention from students and young professionals across Europe, as well as representatives from industry and academia.

Our exclusive Walking Tour was a highlight of the event. It was made possible with the support of SESAR 3JU. The tour provided participants with insights into our consortium’s partners and offered a sneak peek into upcoming events that Engage 2 will be organizing in the months ahead.

The event underscored Engage 2’s commitment to fostering dialogue and collaboration within the aviation community. Engage 2 is positioning itself as a key player in shaping the future of airspace innovation.

Future aviation workforce discussed at Airspace World

Rome, February 19th 2024 –  The upcoming Airspace World conference in Geneva will host a panel discussion on the future of the aviation workforce and the new skills needed for a transformative future. The panel, titled “Future Aviation Workforce and new skills for a transformative future,” will take place on Thursday, March 21st 2024, from 11:00 to 11:50 at the Frequentis Theatre.

Moderated by Veronika Takacs, Human Factors Lead Consultant from Deep Blue, the panel will feature prominent industry leaders who will share their insights on the evolving landscape of the ATM workforce:

  • Sharon Cooke, CEO of Airways International
  • Peter Kearney, CEO of AirNav Ireland
  • Diana Kelly, Chief Human Resources Officer at NAV CANADA
  • Ann Persson Grivas, CEO of Luftfartsverket (LFV)
  • Thomas Romig, Vice President, Safety, Security and Operation at Airports Council International at ACI World and Chair of the Global Aviation and Aerospace Skills Taskforce “Developing the Workforce of the Future”

The discussion will address the challenges and opportunities presented by the advancements in technology and automation in the aviation industry. The panelists will explore the critical skills needed for future aviation professionals, including the understanding of evolving technologies and their application in ATM systems, data analysis and interpretation, skills to navigate complex situations and develop innovative solutions and the ability to adapt to continuous change and embrace ongoing learning opportunities.

Future Skies: Tomorrow’s Voices is an initiative organized by CANSO, Engage 2 and Firstfruits services aimed at inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals. The full programme of the day, available here, includes two forum sessions where graduates and students who have participated in the three-day event will be able to share their insights and concerns, fostering an open dialogue about their experiences and takeaways. There is also a second panel on the “Strategies for talent attraction and workforce diversity”, as well as a Career Fair, offering invaluable insights and networking opportunities in the aviation and air traffic management industries.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the future of the ATM workforce and shape your career path in aviation!

Future Skies: TOMORROW’S VOICES. Inspiring the ambitions of future aviation leaders at Airspace World 2024

Rome, November 20th 2023Airspace World, the main event for airspace and near-space management –  running from 19-21 March 2024  in Geneva, Switzerland – is set to host Future Skies: TOMORROW’S VOICES. This initiative, organized by CANSO, Engage 2  and Firstfruits services, aims to inspire young aviation professionals and graduates.

The day is packed with sessions, a unique breakfast with industry CEOs, and an interactive Careers Fair, offering invaluable insights and networking opportunities in the aviation and air traffic management industries.

Visit the link and register now!

Future Skies: TOMORROW’S VOICES focuses on engaging discussion on ATM and UTM developments, and professional growth. This occasion will allow young talents to network with leaders, acquire knowledge, and potentially discover professional routes in the evolving aviation industry.

An incentive for early registration students includes a travel voucher for the first 30 sign-ups. Companies participating in this event will fostering growth and connections beneficial for both the individual and the organisation and strategically invest in their future workforce. 

Future Skies: TOMORROW’S VOICES is more than just a learning and networking event, it’s a platform for shaping the aviation leaders of tomorrow.