With the Southeast establishing itself as the nation’s fastest-growing aerospace employment center, researchers are hoping to get a better idea of what makes the region’s industry tick.
The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, a nonprofit research and workforce development group, is teaming up with industry representative SC Aerospace and Aviation Week Network — publisher of Aviation Week magazine — to conduct the state’s first in-depth study of the region’s aerospace and defense manufacturing workers.
The study also will include workers in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The findings will be released at the state’s Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo on Aug. 24 in Columbia.
“The information developed from this study will allow us to work with our state partners to develop policy recommendations for the Southeast region,” Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, said in a statement. “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.”
Aviation Week Network asked industry leaders in the five states to participate in the study after its 2015 report showed the highest percentage for job growth is in the Southeast region. That report forecast 7,650 new aerospace industry jobs would be added to Southeast payrolls.