Aéro Montréal attracts the next generation of skilled workers

The aerospace industry is mobilizing to ensure a strong recovery

Montréal, December 16, 2020 – Aéro Montréal, Québec’s aerospace cluster, is today presenting Vitrines 2020, the premier job and training event in aerospace. This 100 % virtual event is being held in partnership with the Québec government as part of International Aerospace Week – Montréal 2020

“At a time when the pandemic is affecting many sectors of our economy, the aerospace is mobilizing to ensure a strong and rapid recovery of its industry by focusing on innovation as well as on green and sustainable mobility,” explains Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal. “As the economy recovers and over the next few years, tens of thousands of positions will become available. With numerous programs taking off, companies are turning to a new generation of workers and a qualified workforce to manufacture greener aircraft, engines and components.”

“With the health crisis, we have entered a period of significant turbulence,” says Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region. “Combined with numerous retirements, the impacts of the pandemic will result in many vacancies in the aerospace industry. They will have to be filled in the coming years in order to spur the recovery. Your government is proud to be contributing $60,000 in financial support to this virtual event to attract the next generation of workers and promote their integration into this sector of activity.”

Vitrines 2020 offers participants an experience that will allow them to discover the many career, employment, internship, learning and training opportunities currently available within the aerospace sector. “Many positions, internships and learning opportunities are currently available,” notes Ms. Benoît. “Aerospace offers interesting and stimulating jobs with very competitive salaries and working conditions that are highly advantageous compared to other industrial or manufacturing sectors. The participation of over 1,000 participants and many young people today confirms the strategic importance of our industry and the next generation’s interest in aerospace careers.”

The main educational institutions are taking advantage of this event to present all their programs and development paths, including vocational, college and university training, distance learning microprograms, and the recognition of prior learning and competencies. Many employers are also meeting with participants to talk about interesting job opportunities that can be filled immediately. Many of them can be found on Aéro Montréal’s platform AeroPortal.

Conferences and immersive experiences on the program

The event is giving industry leaders the opportunity to speak on a wide range of timely issues, including human resources management and job search in times of pandemic, careers of the future and sustainable development. Participants also have the chance to live a truly immersive experience in the world of aerospace through demonstrations and virtual tours.

Major student competition on MRO

For its 4th edition, this large-scale competition is bringing together students from different educational institutions around the theme “Tomorrow’s innovations in the MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) sector: Ensuring reliable and efficient tool control during maintenance operations on commercial aircraft.” A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winning team, thanks to the support of the Canadian Mobility and Aerospace Institute

“The extraordinary collaboration among all members of our industry, research and educational institutions and governments is encouraging the emergence of promising projects that will help spark the interest of the next generation in science, technology, engineering and, of course, aerospace, in addition to contributing to school retention,” says Ms. Benoît.

Vitrines 2020 is being held in partnership with the Government of Québec, with the support of the following organizations: Academos; AGA; Bell Textron Canada; Bombardier; CAE; the Comité sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre en aérospatiale (CAMAQ); École des métiers de l'aérospatiale de Montréal (ÉMAM); École nationale d'aérotechnique (ÉNA); Héroux-Devtek; L3HARRIS; Montréal Relève; Polytechnique Montréal; Pratt & Whitney Canada; and Concordia University.

About Aéro Montréal

Created in 2006, Aéro Montréal is a strategic think tank that groups all major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector, including companies, educational and research institutions, as well as associations and unions.

The activities of Aéro Montréal are made possible thanks to the participation of the governments of Québec and Canada, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, as well as  company members of the cluster.

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Léa Guicheteau
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