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Source: Guilherme Stecanella, Upsplash

Industry, Academia Must Break Down Silos to Develop Future Workforce

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  • Education reform needed to develop interdisciplinary talent
  • Corporations and educators must remove silos
  • Companies already taking interdisciplinary approach to OJT for better outcomes
  • Changing curriculum is massive challenge
  • Traditional college degree or certification focus?
  • Wholistic approach needed to solve technical, social and economic issues raised by deployment of emerging technology
  • STEM programs not working
  • AR/VR not only speeds training but enables faster manufacturing and repair

Academia and corporations must break down silos because the future workforce will have to know how all facets of an aircraft work from design to testing, panelists said during the recent Vertical Flight Society Future Vertical Workforce Panel. Without that, they said, advanced air mobility will not achieve goals as rapidly as industry wants and, likely, neither will traditional aviation/aerospace.

Panelists also discussed technology not only in design and execution but in knowledge transfer between the experienced workforces and new graduates, creating faster on-the-job workforce training and enabling repair of aircraft in remote areas by tapping resources they’ve never had before. As suggested in a previous article, this will be a requirement for advanced air mobility.

Source: National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency

Mitre, NGA, Feds Launch Neurodiversity Pilot Program

While most people think women and people of color when it comes to increasing diversity, there are many other constituencies needing a place at the table if diversity and inclusion (D&I) is to really mean anything.

That signals the importance of a new Neurodiverse Federal Workforce (NFW) pilot program, a collaborative effort between National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), MITRE, and Melwood, a D.C. nonprofit providing job opportunities to people with disabilities.

The World Economic Forum determined that diversity and inclusion is one of industries’ most important issues because studies conclude such programs are essential to corporate success. So along with programs for the inclusion of people of color, women, LGBGTQ, programs must also address the differently abled.

NGA’s new program, launched in December, is designed to increase opportunities for neurodiverse individuals, including those on the autism spectrum.

NGA is a unique combination of intelligence agency and a critical combat support agency. It is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence. NGA enables the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense to fulfill the president’s national security priorities to protect the nation.

The idea of its pilot program is to create increased career opportunities within the federal government and a playbook to help other federal agencies recruit and support neurodiverse talent which have historically been underemployed along with a host of other differently abled people.