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Industrial Careers Pathway initiative continues to make progress, says PTDA

Las Vegas, NV -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation announced at its Industry Summit...


October 24, 2005
By MRO Magazine


Las Vegas, NV — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation announced at its Industry Summit last week several milestones in its work to increase awareness of the industrial distribution industry through its major workforce development initiative, the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP).

The Foundation’s core initiative, the Industrial Careers Pathway, is designed to recruit entry-level employees to the industrial distribution channel; develop programs to teach business, technical and distribution basics; and create affordable resources for current employee development.

Currently, 100 per cent of the Foundations’ funds are directed to the ICP initiative, says 2006 Foundation president Penny Omns, vice-president, external affairs and corporate relations,
BC Bearing Engineers Ltd., Burnaby, B.C.

Together with 22 associations representing the industrial distribution channel and one regional development organization, the PTDA Foundation-led alliance is working with community colleges and technical schools in the United Sates and Canada. ICP objectives include:


–Actively promoting careers in the industrial distribution channel.

–Developing programs to teach business, technical and distribution basics to new and experienced employees.

–Helping distributors and manufacturers enhance how they hire, train and promote.

New certificate and associate degree programs in industrial distribution are underway in Cleveland, Detroit, and Omaha, offering low-cost, industry specific resources for current employee training and new hire sourcing. Partnerships also have been formed with community colleges in the greater Philadelphia area, Orlando, and the Twin Cities, as well as Canadian sites in Stoney Creek, Ont., near Toronto, and in Vancouver. As well, plans are proceeding to establish a site in the Montreal area.

The Foundation’s next step is to help distributors and manufacturers work with local schools and employers to develop additional programs. The Foundation is working on the Industrial Careers Pathway Implementation Toolkit, a comprehensive manual for industry champions interested in introducing the ICP at local community colleges, scheduled for release in early 2006.

A grant on behalf of the Foundation recently was submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to underwrite and substantially expand the ICP initiative. DOL has announced plans to host a series of web-based seminars to introduce ICP to a national audience of workforce development agencies and help connect employers to available workforce funds. Further DOL support is under consideration.

The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded solely by donations, was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.

The Foundation’s operations are funded entirely by tax deductible contributions. For more information or for a complete list of Pathway Alliance Partners, visit