Looking to Connect with Future Employees?
One way to start building relationships with potential job candidates is through an internship program. Internships are formal programs which provide practical experience to students so they can learn by first-hand experience. For employers like you, internships are a great way to "test" a potential employee.
Internships last for a specific amount of time agreed to by both the employer and the intern. Then the interns goes back to the classroom, and you can evaluate the experience and determine if you want to stay in touch and perhaps offer a full-time position to this person at some time in the future.
If you want to learn more about how your company can benefit from an internship program, check out the Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) How-to-Guide: Establishing Your Company's Internship Program.
ICP is growing! We welcomed our fifth alliance partner in mid-June. NIBA joined current ICP Alliance Partners: American Supply Association (ASA), Industrial Supply Association (ISA) Educational Foundation, NAHAD-The Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution and PTDA Foundation.
Every new Alliance Partner brings more industrial distributors to help spread the word about the many career opportunities available in the field. Each Alliance Partner has two seats on the ICP Steering Committee, one for a staff representative and one for a member company representative. This helps the committee gain perspective of each of the many areas that make up the incredibly rewarding field of industrial distribution. Welcome NIBA!
Not very much! This is something we all thought, but now, thanks to a donation to ICP from the Harold C. Schott Foundation, we were able to do research that validates that thought. ICP commissioned a marketing research firm to conduct a focus group and online survey to establish a benchmark to gauge the effectiveness of future marketing efforts.
The good news -- and the bad news -- is that when asked, "Have you ever heard of a job field called industrial distribution?", only 15 percent of those responding answered "yes." When those who claimed to have heard of the field were asked what they knew about industrial distribution, some answers received included trucking and companies they or someone they knew worked at.
After reading a description of industrial distribution, 12 percent found it very appealing and 49 percent found it somewhat appealing. So, it's clear that we have some work to do in making these Millennials aware of our industry and the great career opportunities it provides. The ICP Steering Committee is working on a marketing plan to address that issue. Plans are to re-survey a similar group in 2016 to see how much affect our efforts have had on building awareness of industrial distribution careers.
Want to Have Some Fun?
Then sign up to be an ICP Ambassador! ICP Ambassadors get involved in their communities to spread the word about their industry. They talk to the younger generation, face-to-face at career fairs, military job fairs, during company tours and classroom presentations. There may be some nervousness prior to the event, but everyone who has been involved has come back to me with the comment, "I had so much fun!"
With the new school year starting soon, many schools will be about to plan career fairs in the fall (October and November are prime months). Now is the time to start looking for one near you. If you need help, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll work with you to find one in your area.
Join the fun! Get involved! Volunteer to become an ICP Ambassador! And check out our How-to-Guide: Career Fair Participation available on the ICP website.
Need help recruiting, retaining and managing your Millennial employees? Sign up for ICP's free Talent Tipsheet, a short, monthly e-newsletter that reviews current articles on the topic of working with Millennials. The newsletter also offers an action step so you can start using the information with your younger employees. Check out a recent edition and then sign up today!
Thank You to Our 2014 Contributors
We want to thank the following contributors who have pledged from March 19 through July 24, 2014. ICP can only carry out its mission of raising awareness of the incredibly rewarding careers in industrial distribution with your support. Each contribution is important no matter what amount.
A special thank you goes to the PTDA Foundation Board, many who gathered at the PTDA office on July 24th to call possible contributors. Without these dedicated individuals, contributions would not be as strong and the Foundation's ICP program would not be able to reach as many young people to tell them about the career options in industrial distribution.
Investor Contributors: $10,000 - $14,999
American Supply Association Education Foundation, Inc.
Stakeholder Contributors: $5,000 - $9,999
Allied Bearing & Supply, Inc.
ISA Educational Foundation
NAHAD-The Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution
NIBA-The Belting Association
Benefactor Contributors: $2,500 - $4,999
Bartlett Bearing Co., Inc.
ITW Polymers Adhesives
Oilite Bearing Division Precision
Peer Bearing Company, an SKF Company
Leadership Contributors: $1,000 - $2,499
Climax Metal Products Company
Eastern Industrial Automation
Houston Bearing & Supply Co., Inc.
QA1 Precision Products
Transmission Supplies Ltd. (in honor of Sylvia Willis)
Sponsor Contributors: $500 - $999
Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
Colleague Contributors: $250 - $499
Beardslee Transmission Equipment Co., Inc.
Carlson-Dimond & Wright, Inc.
J/E Bearing and Machine Ltd.
Associate Contributors: Up to $249
Ceejay Engineering Limited
Importadora Gutierrez, S.R.L.
It's Not Too Late to Pledge for 2014!
You can still pledge a PTDA Foundation contribution for this year. Pledges received on or before August 15th will be acknowledged at the PTDA 2014 Industry Summit and in the 2014 Annual Report. Join the many others supporting the field of industrial distribution.
Contact Mary Jawgiel, ICP Program Director, email@example.com or call +1.312.516.2100.