Washington State is the world leader in aerospace production and home to more than 1,350* aerospace-related companies employing more than 132,500* highly-skilled aerospace workers. The increase in impending retirements, new emerging technologies and a greater production demand have created challenges for building a skilled 21st century workforce and competing in a global economy. Over the next five years, the state will need more than 7,200** additional aerospace workers to fill the increasing demand. The current workforce is composed of tradespeople that offer valuable knowledge and skills acquired through years of experience. It is imperative that employers have an avenue to capture the knowledge of these retiring tradespeople and pass that knowledge on to the next generation.