anchor1ICP: Your Recruitment Program for Tomorrow's Workforce


A day in the life of an industrial distributor sales rep

For our new readers, a few quick words about the Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP):  ICP is

YOUR recruitment tool to reach, engage, prepare and connect with tomorrow's industrial distribution workforce. The mission of ICP is to make the younger generation aware of industrial distribution and the incredibly rewarding opportunities it provides. Read more at




anchor8American Supply Association Joins Forces with ICP


Recognizing the need to build awareness of the careers available in the plumbing, heating, cooling (PHCP) and industrial and mechanical pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) industries, the American Supply Association (ASA) has joined forces with ICP as an Alliance Partner.

Michael Adelizzi, executive vice president of ASA, believes partnership with ICP will help his association's members with one of their toughest challenges-building awareness of the incredibly rewarding careers in their industry.  According to Adelizzi, "The American Supply Association saw a partnership with ICP as a way to help our industry connect with our industry's future workforce."





anchor3ICP Steering Committee Initiates Three-Year Plan  



The Industrial Careers Pathway®

(ICP) Steering Committee held its annual retreat in Rosemont, Ill. in mid-July.  ICP's Steering Committee reviewed its current strategic plan and refined its action goals and progress metrics, and developed a new three-year plan to advance ICP's mission: to meet the need for a skilled industrial distribution workforce for today and tomorrow, a workforce that will be challenged by an expected demographic shift in the industrial workforce.



"We are well aware that the field of industrial distribution is not one that is well known by the general public, so part of our work is to create awareness of what this job is among 18 - 34 year olds," said ICP Steering Committee Chair, Terry Knight, Director, Strategic Sales & Business Development at SKF USA, Inc. "It's the Millennials that will be needed to maintain productivity, and there are incredibly rewarding careers in industrial distribution out there right now, many of which don't require college degrees," continued Knight. "We are leveraging our resources to reach the greatest number of potential new employees and their influencers through social media, advertising and attending conventions and career fairs. We are putting our plans into action with a new ground game."






anchor4ICP Meets Future Industrial Distributors at SkillsUSA -- Opportunities for You to Connect



career fairOn June 26-28, ICP staff spent three days talking to attendees at the 2013 SkillsUSA TECHSPO about the
incredibly rewarding careers available in the field of
industrial distribution. This event brought over 15,000 participants (mostly high school and technical college students) who competed in various events such as welding, masonry, extemporaneous speaking, etc. and were judged by professionals in these fields. This group of young people is the target market for careers in industrial distribution and they are very interested in learning more about what industrial distribution is all about. 


The sponsors, teachers, counselors, mentors, coaches -- the influencers of these potential employees in the field of industrial distribution also attended.  The one thing these educators were most interested in was having someone come into their schools and participate in either a career fair or to address a class on what industrial distribution is and the opportunities available. 


Your company and the industry will benefit by your participation at a local career fair.  Take advantage of the opportunity to meet these young people, learn about their skills and interests and maybe find a good fit for your company when an opening comes up.  If you are interested in helping to spread the word about industrial distribution at the local level, sign up to be an ICP Ambassador



anchor5Recruit, Train, Retain


ICP has programs designed especially for you to help better connect with the potential employees of Generation Y.   

  • Post an ad on the ICP Job Board (use coupon code PTDA2013 to save $50) to find your next new employee. 
  • When you've got them onboard, use ICP's Elements of Industrial Distribution, a four module course available online or in print.  This course covers the basics of industrial distribution and will bring your new employees up to speed, boosting your company's productivity and profitability. 
  • Get to know your Millennial employee better by reading the monthly

ICP Talent Tipsheet. This e-newsletter brings you the latest information on working with the Millennial generation and it's free to subscribe.


anchor6Thank You for Your Contributions



The PTDA Foundation relies solely on the contributions of its member companies to fund the programs that will continue to keep the younger generation informed of the opportunities available in the field. We'd like to thank the following companies who contributed (from June 21 through September 23) to these efforts:

New 2013 PTDA Foundation Fund Drive Contributors (6-21 to 9-23, 2013):

Thank You  




Budget for an Investment in Your Company's Future: Include a Contribution to the 2014 Fund Drive


The 2014 PTDA Foundation Fund Drive kicks off at the PTDA Industry Summit (October 3-5).  Those companies who pledge before the end of the year join the prestigious Vanguard list of contributors.  Pledge today for a 2014 contribution! Every contribution is appreciated and helps fund programs designed to attract young people to the industry.








Contact Mary Jawgiel, ICP Program Director, or call +1.312.516.2100.



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