AAR Program Seeks to Address Skills Gap in Aircraft MRO Industry

AAR has launched initiatives to help address a demand for workers skilled in aircraft maintenance, repair and operations through the company's Eagle Pathways program, Forbes reported Wednesday.

The aviation services provider partnered with community colleges located close to its MRO facilities to offer students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in repairing and sustaining aerial vehicle platforms.

John Holmes, CEO of AAR, said the company also seeks to collaborate with the public sector to address an emerging "middle skills" gap.

“We want to continue growing our partnerships with government—federal, state and local—but this is a challenge that can’t be solved by industry alone," Holmes told Forbes in an interview.

The company performs support work on some aircraft units manufactured by Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier, as well as conduct maintenance inspections, upgrade airframes  repairs various components.

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