Training, a key issue for québec’s aerospace industry

La formation, un enjeu clé pour l’industrie aérospatiale québécoise

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Québec’s aerospace industry will need to fill approximately 37 000 jobs by 2028, according to figures put forward by the campaign partners.

The promotional campaign raising the awareness of young people to the aerospace industry has had the effect for a 50% increase in ridership in the days of open doors of training schools, according to the observations made since its first release a year ago.

Even if its net effect on enrollment is not yet calculable, the campaign ” Dare to create the future “, launched in may 2018, has, in particular, “helped a little to break the announcement of Bombardier on the 2500 layoffs” made six months later, said on Thursday the director general of the sectoral Committee on labour in aerospace in Quebec (CAMAQ), Nathalie Paré.

“It is necessary that people understand that yes, Bombardier is a player, but there are 200 other players,” said Ms. Paré on the sidelines of a symposium on the future of the industry organized by the trade union Uniforms, and which was also attended by representatives of companies such as Bombardier, CAE and Pratt Whitney Canada, as well as experts and elected officials.

“If I take for example the aircraft maintenance people can work in the factory, but they can also work in the air transport. There are Air Canada, Transat, Air Inuit and all the others. The needs are immense, they are found in different sectors and at various levels “, said Ms. Paré.

The industry will need to fill approximately 37 000 jobs by 2028, according to figures put forward by the campaign partners, including the cluster Aéro Montréal, the École des métiers de l aerospace Montréal (EMAM) and the national School of aerodynamics. Of this number, two-thirds are replacements, while the rest will consist of new positions.

Portrait of the sector

According to estimates by the CAMAQ, the quebec industry had on the 1st January 59 295 workers, of which 71 % are in manufacturing, followed by air transport to 26% and from the airport at 3 %. All in all, the environment counts a little more than 500 businesses in Québec.

At the present time, the EMAM does not work at its maximum capacity. The industry has suffered from some bad news over the years, said its director, Mario Héroux, at a round table, but the school also remains unknown to the public. The average age is 31 years. “In the 16 to 20 years, it is almost non-existent,” he said.

The large contractors have a certain power of attraction in the face of the workforce, said the vice-president of human resources at Pratt Whitney Canada, Kevin Smith, but it is “difficult” for SMES and they are equally important in the ecosystem, he noted.

The ex-prime minister Jean Charest, who was recruited by the canadian industry to lead the reflection on the need for a canadian strategy, came to present an update of the work it has done in the last few months. The report that it has commissioned the aerospace industries Association of Canada (AIAC) could be published towards the middle of the month of April.

A “council of wise men” to evaluate the agreements of repair ?

Invited to comment on the record SNC-Lavalin, the ex-prime minister Charest was asked in the press if it was not necessary to appoint a “council of wise men” to assess the case of the company, which wants to negotiate a repair agreement to avoid a trial. “If I put myself in the place of the government, it seems to me that it is necessary to take a step back on the decision to submit the case of SNC-Lavalin to the new legislation,” said Mr. Charest. “Perhaps it is a case that deserves that people take a step back, and that the government, in consultation with the opposition parties, appoints a committee of wise men to assess the case and that we can detach it from overheating-partisan and, frankly, only serves the interests of no one. “