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Employability Skills and Hiring the Right Talent

Ascend and FutureWorks’ 2017 Employability Skills Report investigates the use of employability skills in Indiana employers’ hiring processes. While employers first typically consider these skills broadly, final hiring decisions are based on a candidate’s employability skills in relation to job profiles and work culture. This report details some of the methods employers use to identify and assess relevant skills.

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Ensuring an Agbioscience Workforce for Indiana's Future (2016)

AgriNovus Indiana’s 2016 report identifies four critical strategies to position Indiana as a leader in generating and sustaining a highly skilled agbioscience workforce.

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Indiana's Health and Life Sciences Talent and Workforce: Developing Strategies to Compete in a Global Economy (2016)

According to a 2016 BioCrossroads report, Indiana's health and life sciences industry has experienced job growth of over 22 percent since 2001. The average wage for these 265,000 jobs is $70,000, while the Life Sciences sector alone commands average wages of almost $97,000.

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Drug Substance Operator Pathway RFI

Drug Substance Operator Pathway RFI

Catalent, formerly Cook Pharmica, and Ascend seek a 4-year education partner to co-create a sustainable pipeline of drug substance operators who have a background in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with Catalent and Ascend to build this pathway.

Interested education partners should respond by September 14, 2018. 

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<CLOSED> Substance Use Disorder Treatment Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> Substance Use Disorder Treatment Pathway RFI

Community Health Network (CHNw) and Ascend seek to grow the number of licensed clinicians in Indiana, with emphasis on clinical social workers (LCSWs), through a partnership with a master of social work (MSW) or related program. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with CHNw and Ascend to build this pathway.

NOTE: RFI closed August 3, 2017. 

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<CLOSED> Early-in-Career Biomedical Equipment Technician Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> Early-in-Career Biomedical Equipment Technician Pathway RFI

Roche and Ascend are creating a sustainable talent pipeline of entry-level technicians who have a hybrid of experience in engineering, clinical lab sciences, and medical technology. Roche is seeking a partner with which to co-create the pipeline producing 15 - 30 technicians per year. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with Roche and Ascend to build this pathway.

NOTE: RFI closed August 24, 2017.

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