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AEA, NextOp team up to help veterans land aviation careers

Partnership seeks to supply skilled workers to avionics industry

The Aircraft Electronics Association is collaborating with NextOp, a nonprofit that seeks to combat employment challenges facing veterans and military members.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Maynard desolders a flex print assembly in the avionics shop of the aircraft carrier USS 'Dwight D. Eisenhower' in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo.

With this partnership, the two hope to connect high-performing middle-enlisted (E3 through-E7) leaders with career opportunities in the avionics industry by partnering with enlisted service members and veterans every step of the way until they accept an offer of employment.

“For AEA businesses looking to hire, NextOp will support each company to develop and execute their veteran hiring and retention strategies. Services include connecting with prescreened candidates possessing the skills needed by the company; developing and facilitating tailored corporate training on best practices for recruiting and retaining veterans; and participating in events and programming to engage with military and veteran talent,” AEA said.

NextOp explains that more than 200,000 men and women leave the U.S. military every year and that the middle enlisted, which make up 82 percent of military personnel, receive the least employment assistance of any veteran demographic.

"Veterans and transitioning military personnel need help finding sustainable employment in a competitive civilian market," said AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson. "NextOp has a successful track record in finding employment for veterans while simultaneously solving recruitment issues for companies. This collaboration will help our member businesses find highly qualified technicians in a tight labor market and introduce these veterans to rewarding opportunities in the high-tech avionics industry."

"There is a good percentage of aircraft mechanics and service members who are mechanically inclined and are quick learners transitioning out of the service,” Patrick McManus, employment coordinator at NextOp, said. “NextOp partners with companies that have a need for avionics technicians and aircraft mechanics in the workforce and [provides] vetted quality candidates for open roles. With the AEA's broad membership base across the United States, this opens up a large number of opportunities for the veterans we serve."

“All NextOp services are free to both service members and companies. The organization is funded through supporters, including corporate donors,” AEA said.

Niki Britton

eMedia Content Producer
eMedia Content Producer Niki Britton joined AOPA in 2021. She is a private pilot who enjoys flying her 1969 Cessna 182 and taking aerial photographs.
Topics: Aircraft Electronics Association

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