Article1Fixing the Skills Gap through Knowledge Transfer

You've read and heard about the retirement of Baby Boomers. It's real. It's here now. Older employees are going to be leaving your organization at some point and taking years of knowledge and hard-learned lessons with them. So how does an organization take all the information that currently resides in the brains of current employees and put it into the heads of their successors so the next generation can step up to the job on Day One in the wake of retirements? You need a knowledge transfer plan.

So what is knowledge transfer? It's exactly what it sounds like: moving knowledge from one person and making it available to another. The Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California, Berkeley, breaks down the process like this: idea creation, sharing, evaluation, dissemination and adoption. It sounds simple, but in practice knowledge sharing is very challenging. Hurdles include time, willingness, and other obstacles like cataloging the information, facility set up, access to technology and management support of the process, to name a few.

Assuming total buy-in and support from your organization's management team for the concept of knowledge transfer, following are some steps any organization can take to institutionalize the process of knowledge transfer.

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Register for this free ICP Webinar: "Job Postings That Get Results" scheduled to take place on January 25, 2016, 1:00 p.m. Central. Launch your search for quality entry-level employees armed with a well-crafted job description that will attract the candidates to match your need. Learn where top candidates look for new opportunities. Participants can expect to receive valuable recruitment resources from one of the most effective HR advisors in the country. Facilitator Nancye M. Combs, AEP-SPHR, has more than 35 years experience in the field and has consulted with many organizations in the industrial distribution and manufacturing sectors. Register yourself then download the flyer to share.
Article3ICP Welcomes Two New Alliance Partners
ICP is pleased to welcome two new Alliance Partners - Heating Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA).  These two organizations join the seven current partners: American Supply Association,  Industrial Supply Association Education Foundation, National Association of Chemical Distributors, National Association of Electrical Distributors Education & Research Foundation, NAHAD-The Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution, NIBA-The Belting Association, and PTDA Foundation, bringing the total number of Alliance Partners to nine.

Both HARDI and NBMDA have expressed their excitement to provide their member companies with resources to attract right-fit entry-level candidates to jobs in the field of industrial distribution through their alliance with ICP.
New content is regularly developed and posted to the ICP website to attract and educate "right-fit" entry-level industrial distribution employees about the incredibly rewarding career opportunities in the field. Now "Career Paths" of real industrial distributors help job seekers better understand how they could enter the field and achieve success. ICP is also in the process of developing its "Find-an-Internship" directory so students might find an internship your company is offering.* Finally, ICP's social media program has reached thousands in 2015, achieving over 10,000 "Likes" on its Instagram ad!

*If you have an internship opportunity you would like to list, please contact Mary Jawgiel for a free listing.
We want to thank the following contributors who have pledged from September 30, 2015, through January 5, 2016. 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. You can pledge your support for 2016 by submitting the 2016 pledge form.

Partner Contributor ($15,000+)
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Motion Industries & Motion Canada

Investor Contributor
($10,000 - $14,999)
Allied Bearing & Supply, Inc.
BDI Americas (USA & Canada)

Stakeholder Contributors ($5,000 - $9,999)
Gates Corporation
NSK Americas (NSK Corp. & NSK Canada)
Renold Jeffrey (Renold) (in memory of Doug McDonald, former president of Renold Jeffrey)
WEG Electric Corp.

Benefactor Contributor ($2,500 - $4,999)
Alan and Betsy Haveson*
Altra Industrial Motion
AMI Bearings, Inc.
Baldor Electric Co., A Member of the ABB Group
Bearing Service, Inc.
Bishop-Wisecarver Group
Diamond Chain Company
Lafert North America
Oiles America Corporation
Ringfeder Power Transmission USA
W.C. DuComb Co., Inc.
Leadership Contributors ($1,000 - $2,499)
Climax Metal Products Company
Daido Corporation of America
IBT Industrial Solutions
Koyo Canada Inc.
Master Power Transmission, Inc.
Midpoint Bearing
RBC Bearings, Inc.
Regina USA Inc.
The Rowland Company
SKF Canada Limited
Webster Industries, Inc./Webster Foundation

Sponsor Contributors ($500 - $999)
Brewer Machine & Gear Company
Bunting Bearings, LLC (in memory of Andrea Brown)
Tom Dielschneider*
Pamela and Mark Kan*
Jeff and Sabrina Moore*
Linn Gear Company
Rotator Products Limited
Timken Canada LP
Transply, Inc.

Colleague Contributors ($250 - $499)
Bob Callahan*
Erie Bearings Co.
KB Electronics, Inc.
Michael and Brenda Kelly (in memory of Christopher J. Kelly)*
Terry Knight*
Sue and John Masek (in honor of Mary Sue Lyon and in memory of Terry Hutton)*
MPT Drives, Inc.
The Ralphs-Pugh Company, Inc.
Barbara J. Ross (in memory of Gordon Ross)*
Brian and Karen Short*
Associate Contributors (Up to $249) 
Frank Mascia*
Torque Drives, Inc.

*Heritage Society Leader Gift
Thank you to those who have pledged, providing us with the fuel to reach out and encourage your future employees! For those of you who haven't pledged just yet, it is not too late for you to help us raise awareness of this incredible industry!

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

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