We’d like to introduce you to the interview team who may be contacting you. Renae Vanderveldt, Erin Madden, Elizabeth Roderick and Maya Simpkins, pictured above, are a team of students who will spend the semester collecting and analyzing life science workforce data and trends in the Commonwealth for their Capstone Project They are part of a Masters in Public Administration class at Virginia Commonwealth University led by Nancy Stutts, PhD, Associate Professor, Master of Public Administration Program & Director, Nonprofit Studies (far left).
As a part of the Workforce Initiative outlined in this month’s CEO letter, we recently sent out a workforce trends survey
to bioscience executives from companies across Virginia. In addition, we applied and were approved for this team of students to collect and analyze the data and to create the first ever report on the Virginia Life Science Workforce. Life science executives cite finding talent as a leading concern year after year, and legislators and academic institutions look to our members for insights into current and anticipated job demand in the industry. Fifty bioscience company and academic leaders, representing a variety of our industry, were selected to be interviewed by the team. The team is currently contacting these leaders to conduct the interviews. We hope that we can count on your cooperative input on this critical issue.
Data collected through this survey will help communicate to key stakeholders the pressing workforce development needs faced by the industry, and lead to actionable steps to help alleviate them.
In addition, the data collected from the online surveys and interviews will be utilized by the Council for State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) in compiling the 2018 National Life Science Workforce Trends Report, which will be released during the BIO International Convention in June. CSBI is a 45- state member organization affiliated with BIO which the Virginia Bio and the Virginia Bioscience Foundation are part of.