ALEXANDRIA, VA – Daniel Fisher, vice president of legislative affairs for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), issued the following statement regarding Senate and House passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (H.R. 803) to overhaul skilled worker programs and replace the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)..
“ARSA commends bipartisan congressional action to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The U.S. aviation maintenance industry is growing, yet year-after-year ARSA members cite skilled worker shortages as one of the top challenges facing their companies. The legislation is a step forward toward updating the federal government’s outdated workforce training regime. To build upon this effort, Congress, working with the FAA and industry, must modernize the Federal Aviation Regulation’s part 147 to allow aviation maintenance technical schools to produce the next generation of qualified skilled workers.”
ARSA is the only association devoted to the unique needs of the global civil aviation maintenance industry. We are dedicated to helping our member companies run their operations more efficiently and effectively, while continuing to ensure the safety of aircraft worldwide. To learn more about our dedicated work on behalf of both industry stakeholders and the flying public, please visit ARSA.org.