Ascend Indiana, IEDC to build on the Indy Autonomous Challenge to attract and retain top tech talent

2021-05-25T12:48:15-04:00May 25, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2021) ─ Ascend Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) are partnering to help attract and retain participants in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) in order to meet a growing need for tech talent in the state’s advanced industries. More than 500 students from 40 universities in 14 U.S. states and 11 countries, including two from Indiana, signed up to compete in the IAC. The IAC is the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking place on Oct. 23, 2021. The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s (CICP) energy technology initiative Energy Systems Network, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are organizing the competition, which has a $1.5 million prize purse and has attracted the best and brightest university students and advisors from around the world. The IAC event enables participants to engage in [...]

EmployIndy, Ascend Indiana celebrate inaugural cohort of Modern Apprenticeship program at MAP Signing Day

2021-05-19T21:42:51-04:00May 15, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2021) – This morning at Ben Davis High School, 26 Central Indiana high school sophomores signed the Modern Apprenticeship certificate of acceptance to work as apprentices for 16 local employer partners*, piloting the first-ever cohort of EmployIndy’s Central Indiana youth apprenticeship program, Modern Apprenticeship. Of the 100+ students that expressed interest, these 26 apprentices were chosen among their peers to participate in Modern Apprenticeship, a two- to three-year paid experience launched in coordination with Ascend Indiana in Fall 2020. EmployIndy, Marion County’s workforce development board, and Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), actively support the apprentices, employers, and general programmatic outcomes for Modern Apprenticeship. For the apprentices, the journey will officially kick off this summer as they attend a bootcamp to develop their employability skills and start their jobs [...]

IIB: A New Model is Helping to Develop Workforce Development Strategies to Fill Talent Gaps

2021-04-05T16:44:54-04:00February 17, 2021|

In a recent Inside INdiana Business Perspectives article Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana, and Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, discuss a 21st century talent model that can be replicated by employers to help fill a shortage of in-demand skilled workers. The free online Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit was developed by Ascend Indiana and funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Ascend Indiana)  

IIB: EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana Launch Modern Apprenticeship

2021-04-05T16:50:33-04:00February 4, 2021|

On a recent episode of Inside INdiana Business, EmployIndy Chief Strategy Officer Marie Mackintosh and Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez spoke with Gerry Dick about an exciting opportunity for high school students to prepare for the workforce thanks to a new apprenticeship model launched by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana. The organizations have started Modern Apprenticeship, a paid work-based learning experience that helps students earn a high school diploma, college credits and professional work experience. [WATCH] Read press release. [READ MORE]

Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy launch modern apprenticeship program for high school students in high-demand fields

2021-04-05T16:44:35-04:00October 27, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 27, 2020) – EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana today launched a new apprenticeship model for Indianapolis high school students to prepare them for the future in high-demand industries. Modern Apprenticeship (MAP) is a paid two- to three-year work-based learning experience with local employers, where students will emerge with a high school diploma, college credits, relevant credentials and professional experience. This pilot apprenticeship program starts during an Indianapolis student’s junior year of high school. Up to 30 students from five Indianapolis-area township school districts and charter schools* will be hired by one of 16 employers* representing a variety of growing, high-demand industries including information technology, financial services, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. Additional apprenticeship opportunities are also available in business operations including human resources, sales and marketing. Modern Apprenticeship enables high school students to attain soft skills, technical skills and relevant [...]

Brookings Institution: An Individualized Network for Connecting Talent With Jobs in Central Indiana

2021-04-05T16:45:58-04:00October 22, 2020|

The Brookings Institution has written a case study featuring the innovative program created by CICP talent and workforce development initiative Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy that provides a central location for dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities.  The Rapid Re-Employment Response plan is a coordinated effort by the Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) comprised of nonprofits, employers, state agencies, and community organizations. At the request of Mayor Joe Hogsett, the RWP has turned its collaborative efforts toward a unified plan to assist residents of Indianapolis in getting back to work as quickly and safely as possible. [READ MORE]  

IIB: Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy launch Rapid Re-Employment Response

2021-04-05T16:46:08-04:00August 31, 2020|

More than 120,000 residents in Marion County filed for unemployment between March and June due to COVID-19, but a new resource launched by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana provides a central location for those dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities. Job seekers will log into an online technology platform called the Ascend Network. Then, the job seeker will follow a streamlined process to connect with needed career services and get individualized support to help them find meaningful employment or training. On a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business, Gerry Dick interviewed Ascend Indiana President and CEO Jason Kloth, EmployIndy President and CEO Angela Carr-Klitzsch and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Angela Smith-Jones about how the program works.[WATCH] (Source: Inside INdiana Business)

Rapid Re-Employment Response offers coordinated resources to assist dislocated workers in Marion County

2021-04-05T16:44:35-04:00August 25, 2020|

[WATCH] On a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business, Gerry Dick interviewed Ascend Indiana President and CEO Jason Kloth, EmployIndy President and CEO Angela Carr-Klitzsch and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Angela Smith-Jones about the Rapid Re-Employment Response free online tool. INDIANAPOLIS (August 25, 2020) – More than 120,000 residents in Marion County filed for unemployment between March and June due to COVID-19, but a new resource launching today by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana provides a central location for those dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities. Job seekers will log into an online technology platform called the Ascend Network. Then, the job seeker will follow a streamlined process to connect with needed career services and get individualized support to help them find meaningful employment or training. The Rapid Re-Employment Response plan is a coordinated effort [...]

IIB: College Graduates Have a Path Forward During Pandemic

2021-04-05T16:46:18-04:00July 29, 2020|

In a recent Perspectives article for Inside INdiana Business, Jason Kloth, president and CEO for Ascend Indiana, says "yes" there are definitely available jobs out there for recent college grads during the pandemic, and he presents a plan for pursuing those opportunities. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Ascend Indiana)

City, Indy Chamber, Ascend Indiana, EmployIndy launch talent initiative to connect employers with job seekers

2021-04-05T16:44:35-04:00May 6, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Chamber launched a new service in collaboration with EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana today to address immediate unemployment challenges in our regional workforce due to the impact of COVID-19. Rapid Response Talent augments existing services, focusing on the skills and experience of a job seeker, and organizing a talent pool that employers and employment partners with available positions can access based on the needs of their unfilled roles. By working together, lessons learned through this short-term initiative will inform and support the long-term workforce solutions of the Indy Chamber’s collaborators. “As the weeks go by, the topics of conversations we’ve held with businesses impacted by COVID-19 have evolved,” notes Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber. “Phase one was all about health, safety, and business model changes. Phase two has been focused on financial assistance, and we [...]

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