The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), which partnered with Fulcrum Labs to incorporate the Adaptive 3.0 learning platform within its FAA-certification prep course, has seen FAA exam pass rates jump to more than 95 percent as both exam participation and the number of graduates increased. That success has captured the attention of the Association for Talent and Development, which is recognizing AIM and Fulcrum with the 2019 Excellence in Practice Award for “exemplary practices in workplace learning and talent development that deliver sustained, clear, and measurable results.”
AIM, which provides aviation maintenance training through a nationwide network, has collaborated with Fulcrum Labs on certification exam preparation since 2017. The Adaptive 3.0 platform uses AI, machine learning and data-science-driven predictive analytics to help increase student confidence and subject matter mastery, as well as drive learning autonomy and the ability to self-remediate, the companies said.
AIM said that confidence boost is evident; the number of graduates sitting for the FAA exams has increased 25 percent. Meanwhile, 72 percent of graduates have been placed upon certification award, with some campuses seeing placements of 81 percent.
“Our mission is to turn students into learners and turn learners into confident subject matter masters who have the skills and confidence to go out and apply what they’ve learned to improve their careers and, ultimately, their lives,” said Patrick Weir, CEO of Fulcrum Labs. “ATD’s recognition of this collaborative partnership and our technology’s role in helping AIM and its students achieve their goals is further validation of the transformational success we’ve achieved together.”
AIM said the results are driving its ambitious goal of producing 20 percent of all certified aviation mechanics for the industry by 2021.
“The demand for skilled technicians in aviation, manufacturing, welding, energy, and other industries is outpacing the number of people entering these career fields,” said Dr. Joel English, executive v-p of AIM. “With partners like Fulcrum Labs, we’re flipping that paradigm and giving more students the skills and—maybe more importantly—the confidence to fill these lucrative technical career opportunities.”