The first-ever workforce study of South Carolina’s aerospace and defense manufacturing sectors is in the works.
The study is a project of Penton's Aviation Week Network, the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and the industry cluster SC Aerospace. It will be part of a study of the sector in the entire Southeast region, which also includes North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
“The information developed from this study will allow us to work with our state partners to develop policy recommendations for the southeast region,” South Carolina Council on Competitiveness President and CEO Ann Marie Stieritz said. “More importantly, we will receive data for our state that will inform our next steps in preparing the workforce of the future and for extending the industrial base to meet the full needs of the aerospace industry.”
The Aviation Week Network has conducted annual industry studies since 1997. Greg Hamilton, Aviation Week Network president, said data from those studies has led to "aggressive actions throughout the industry to build engineering education resources throughout the country, to allow the industry to better compete with high-tech employers for the best and brightest, and to encourage young people to pursue careers in this industry.”
The South Carolina study will be funded by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, the South Carolina Technical College System and the University of South Carolina.
Results from the study are set to be unveiled Aug. 24 during the Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo in Columbia, South Carolina.
“We have found over the years that most organizations have one of two reactions to data — they either admire it or they aggressively put it to work to benefit companies and ultimately employees,” Carole Rickard Hedden, editorial director for Aviation Week Executive Intelligence, said.