Challenge: In 2019 the airlines around the world were adding flights and upgrading their fleets. As a provider of a multitude of heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to aircraft owners, operators and lessors aircraft, Ascent Aviation Services was unable to keep up with all the ASA-100 certified used parts requests coming their way. Management needed to add staff in a very tight jobs market outside Tucson, AZ.
Solution: Working with the Labor Partnership team, possible workers were identified within the ASPC Tucson prison complex who met Ascent's requirements. Prior to Covid, they employed 28 inmates at their Ascent's Marana, AZ facility where they learned real-world jobs skills as they performed maintenance and repairs around the facility.