RAeS Statement on changes to the Aviation and Aerospace Workforce

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The Aviation and Aerospace sector has continued to try to adapt to the challenges produced by the COVID-19 crisis. However, its impact is unparalleled, reversing recent years of growth. Organisations in our sector are increasingly having to make the tough decision to cut jobs; from Airbus and Rolls Royce to Lufthansa, easyJet and Air France-KLM. The list is long and is expected to continue to grow.

The road to recovery will take time and it is important to consider the wider impact. At-risk are highly-skilled workers and the impact of these cuts will be significant for future workforce development and STEM-related career opportunities.

Beyond the workforce, significant challenges are being forced on SMEs in both civil and military supply chains, air cargo operations and the tourism and hospitality sectors.  Not forgetting the impact on local and regional economies whose growth has been partly dependent on the presence of large employers and their supply chain.

More needs to be done, and more must be done. Building back greener will not be possible without continued and increased investment in research and development and talent. Greater support is needed from Governments to ensure the sector can make a green recovery and to support the workforce in each respective country.

The Royal Aeronautical Society offers free, dedicated career support and advice, from CV workshops to webinars for early career/experienced career professionals. If you have been impacted, or would like more information please visit www.careersinaerospace.com or contact us at  careers@aerosociety.com

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About the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world’s only professional body and learned society dedicated to the entire aerospace community. Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since. The Society seeks to (i) promote the highest possible standards in aerospace disciplines; (ii) provide specialist information and act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and (iii) play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters.

Over the coming years, the Society is focussing its activities around three overlapping themes of strategic interest:

  • Climate change and sustainability
  • The future of flight
  • Tomorrow’s aerospace and aviation professional

The Careers and Education department at the Royal Aeronautical Society was established in 1997 and works to support people seeking employment in the aerospace and aviation community. The Careers and Education team can assist with one-to-one careers advice such as CV and covering letter writing, job hunting advice and runs a range of outreach activities for all ages.

For enquiries contact:
press@aerosociety.com