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Filling the Gaps: Building and Sustaining a Scientific Workforce

Abstract: Filling gaps in scientific, technology, engineering and mathematical fields (STEM) with experienced employees have become increasingly difficult. The reduced population of skilled and experienced employees is one of the greatest risks faced by employers (Weber, 2011). Unemployment rates are lower for STEM jobs as compared to non-STEM jobs and at the same time, there is a decrease in STEM graduates (US Congress JEC, 2012). As technology diffuses across industries, demand for STEM capable workers will continue to grow. Filling these gaps becomes increasingly critical as employment in STEM-related fields is projected to grow 17% over the next decade. In the midst of this challenge, Aegis Sciences Corporation, ASC, has seen rapid growth in market share and testing volume over the past two years. In order to fill 236 new STEM positions, ASC has responded to this challenge through five key elements: 1. Development of partnerships 2. Establishment of a global reach 3. Development of training program 4. Development of paths for career progression 5. Establishment of diversity across scientific areas and technologies

Keywords: STEM - Conference Proceedings - Training - Partnering

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