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Pathways to Good and Promising Jobs in Metro Indianapolis (2020)

This report, a 2020 talent supply and demand analysis conducted by Burning Glass in partnership with EmployIndy, follows the Brookings Institution report “Advancing Opportunity in Central Indiana” to expand upon the pathways available in Metro Indianapolis to good and promising jobs. In it, we identified the jobs most beneficial to Indianapolis area residents, businesses, and the regional economy; indicated education and certification requirements that workers should have; identified the existing pathways available to these jobs; and analyzed education and training program opportunities that lead to good and promising jobs.

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Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit

This Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit, funded by Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, provides a pathway for employers, education partners, and community-based organizations to scope, design, and launch robust work-based learning programs to close talent gaps and strengthen the local workforce. In the current job landscape, there is a misalignment between the supply of and demand for talent. While there are several work-based learning initiatives and approaches, this toolkit provides a model, including critical steps and key players, that can be utilized by a variety of stakeholders to build a talent pipeline program.

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Aligning the Workforce: Labor Market Demand and the Supply of Talent in Indiana (2019)

The 2019 Supply and Demand Report is the second in a series of reports to characterize demand and supply of talent across Indiana, including a detailed snapshot of Central Indiana and Marion County (Indianapolis). In the first report, Ascend analyzed labor market data and the breadth of skills that were in high demand. This report provides an update on the previous data and delves more deeply into additional areas of Indiana’s labor market. Similar to the 2018 report, the analysis of current and future labor market demand and supply of talent enables us to identify where misalignment occurs within the workforce, as well as the critical regional efforts that are tackling the issue.

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Request for Information

<CLOSED> Early Learning Indiana Early Childhood Educator Talent Pipeline RFI

<CLOSED> Early Learning Indiana Early Childhood Educator Talent Pipeline RFI

Early Learning Indiana (ELI), Indiana’s oldest and largest early childhood education (ECE) nonprofit, seeks a higher education partner to co-create a bachelor’s degree pathway that prepares 30 ECE teachers annually. Early Learning Indiana aims to partner with a college or university to develop a more accessible, affordable, and accelerated teacher talent program that integrates classroom teaching experiences. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers who offer a bachelor’s degree program in education, specifically ECE, and are interested in partnering with Early Learning Indiana and Ascend to build this program.

Interested education partners should submit their responses by November 6, 2019.

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<CLOSED> Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) Youth Support Specialist Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) Youth Support Specialist Pathway RFI

Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS), a nonprofit providing compassionate care and counsel to the Indianapolis community, and Ascend seek an education partner to co-develop a sustainable pipeline of Youth Support Specialists (YSS). YSS play a critical role in caring for youth in Central Indiana affected by abuse, neglect and behavior health challenges. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers who offer a certificate in human services, behavioral health, sociology, psychology, or a related field and are interested in partnering with LCFS and Ascend to build this pathway.

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<CLOSED> UnitedHealthcare Sales Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> UnitedHealthcare Sales Pathway RFI

UnitedHealthcare, a leading health insurance company located in Indianapolis, and Ascend seek a 4-year higher education partner to co-create a sustainable pipeline of sales professionals who have a background in business, marketing, communications, sales, and risk management. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with UnitedHealthcare and Ascend to build this pathway.

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