Talent Retention & Attraction

Finding skilled workers

  • Strategy

    Increase the number and type of high quality internships for college students, those pursuing technical training, and recent graduates.

    Actions:


    Partner with organizations to support the increase in the number of Indianapolis businesses offering high quality internships to college students and to recent college graduates and support efforts to expose interns to civic engagement opportunities and cultural offerings. More details

    Indy Chamber

    0%

    Start Date:

    March 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    March 31, 2019

    Status update:

    February 13, 2017: Indy Chamber and four regional partners implemented IndianaInternet. The Indy Chamber continues to work on outreach to area businesses and help them establish programs and get them on IndianaInternet. In 2016, there was 18.3% increase in field internships in central Indiana using IndianaInternet and 94% increase in internship postings. The goal for 2017 is 30% increase in field internships.

  • Provide resources to help Indianapolis employers recruit and on-board new interns and young professional employees. More details

    IndyHub

    85%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 14, 2017: IndyHub has worked with partners at the Indy Chamber, Indiana InternNet, TechPoint, as well as sponsors, to showcase IndyHub as a resource for interns.

  • Work with colleges and universities within a 50-mile radius of Indianapolis to help them connect students with this community and its employers. More details

    IndyHub

    50%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 14, 2017: IndyHub launched Student Voices this year, and will continue to support university partners through programming and communication.

  • Strategy

    Expand existing and create additional industry-led, sector-specific workforce development and attraction efforts in high-growth, high-demand sectors.

    Actions:


    Align Live Indy and IndyHub strategies to help new young residents connect easily to the neighborhoods, amenities and civic spaces that will make them feel at home. More details

    IndyHub

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 14, 2017: No Mean City has been infused into many IndyHub programs as a resource and/or promotional partner, including Hello Neighbor and IndyVolved.

  • Create targeted communications (e.g. a “Consider Indy” page on the IndyHub website and “Hipster Indy” information for civic/convention events that attract Young Professionals) to help recruit new Young Professional talent to the city. More details

    IndyHub

    85%

    Start Date:

    October 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 14, 2017: IndyHub has created more blog content, as well as implementing the successful Forward series has provided us the opportunity to support this tactic.

  • Proactively share the voices and views of Young Professionals with the media. More details

    IndyHub

    65%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 14, 2017: IndyHub has expanded outreach to the media, and continues to serve as a resource to media professionals in the area.

  • Identify/confirm gaps in the supply of educated workers and demand from employers. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    10%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: The research design and scoping phase of Ascend’s annual supply and demand studies is on track for 2017 publication. Preparations for the regional workforce analysis will begin in 2017.

  • Create and implement sector specific talent retention and attraction initiatives. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    50%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: Ascend successfully built a nursing talent pipeline program in partnership with a local health network and university. Ascend is discussing talent pipeline projects with additional employers.

  • Strategy

    Boost attainment of associate's and bachelor's degrees at Marion County campuses.

    Actions:


    Create internship opportunities across sectors in Central Indiana for Indiana college students to promote living and working in Central Indiana. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    15%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: Ascend is currently securing higher education partners for the IELF program to attract and retain talent.

  • Project:

    Pre-apprenticeship training program

    http://indianaplan.org/

    The Indiana Plan is a statewide recruitment initiative for the union construction industry. Indiana Plan offers a pre-apprenticeship training program that assists minorities, women and disadvantaged workers with acceptance into union construction building trade apprenticeships. Applicants seeking to become construction apprentices will attend 80 hours of classroom training. The class includes introduction to the construction industry, math review, soft skills, OSHA 10-hour safety training, jobsite readiness, interview skills, and steps to apprenticeship application process. Upon completion of the class, trainees are assisted with job placements with signatory union contractors earning wages higher than minimum wage and provided a set of starter tools while they are working on acceptance into a construction apprenticeship. Indiana Plan also provides monthly follow up with trainees to make sure they are advancing on the jobs and working to become accepted into apprenticeship programs.

  • Project:

    Live Local, Think Global Event

    https://www.immigrantwelcomecenter.org/

    Through the annual Live Local, Think Global event, Immigrant Welcome Center helps Indianapolis corporate community understand how attracting and retaining a diverse workforce can lead to company innovation and growth and ensure our city’s economic vitality in the global marketplace.

  • Project:

    No Mean City Initiative – Talent Retention & Attraction

    http://www.nomeancity.com

    No Mean City exists to provide anyone in the business of moving or recruiting with a more honest, more comprehensive perspective on life in Indianapolis— modern families, recent transplants, Realtors, corporate recruiters, and city ambassadors. No Mean City was created – and continues to be refined – to support those on the front lines of talent attraction and retention.

    Whether one is considering or planning a move to Indianapolis, or is already here and considering whether or not to stay, the site aims to help one understand the myriad of housing, schools and lifestyle options available to them in our city’s 400 square miles.

    The site offers stories, videos, quizzes, additional resources and navigational tools designed to make the process of finding the ideal easier and more efficient.