21 January 2008

Ageing aerospace industry workforce in the US may create American visa opportunities for overseas skilled workers

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About a quarter of workers in the US aerospace industry could be eligible for retirement this year. This could mean a huge gap in the market for skilled workers looking at US immigration. A skills shortage could develop in factories which supply commercial and military aircraft could now emerge, according to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).

Marion Blakely, president and chief executive of the AIA, Star-Telegram.com, said: "It's a looming issue that's getting more serious year by year. These are real veterans. It's a hard work force to replace." Also speaking about the aerospace industry skills shortage issue, Frank Larkin, spokesman for the International association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said "It's not a problem that's coming. It's here."

Last year nearly 60 per cent of the work force in the industry was 45 or older and 20 per cent were aged 55 to 64. The AIA was founded in 1919 and is a trade association which represents the US' major aerospace and defense manufacturers.

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