Chicago, IL — Through the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) program, a group of distributors is beginning work to develop a Canadian campaign to make young people aware of good jobs in industrial distribution and the industrial supply chain.
ICP, an alliance of seven associations and partners in the industrial distribution channel, works to help distributors meet the challenge of filling sales and customer service positions in North America. ICP links students to career paths in industrial distribution through partnerships with local educators and employers. A lead international association involved with the program is the Chicago-based Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), which participates through its PTDA Foundation.
“One of the directives from the planning group is to talk with young employees who are already working with distributors and channel partners,” says PTDA Foundation/ICP executive director Phyllis Russell.
“If you have a younger (roughly under 30) employee who has been at your company less than two years, would you allow us to set up a 15-20 minute phone conversation with that employee?” asks Russell of Canadian industrial distributors.
The ICP staff would like to ask these employees a short list of questions, including:
-What is of greatest importance to you in a job?
-What were you looking for when you were last seeking a job?
-Where did you search for a job and how did you learn about positions?
-What appealed to you about this position when you were seeking a job?
-How would you describe your job and your company to a friend?
-What type of person would be most likely to love this work?
-How can we find those people?
-How can we get their attention?
-Would you encourage a friend to look at this type of job? Why or why not?
“We are looking forward to getting this project under way,” says Russell. “We hear more and more often that companies are hiring — but they aren’t always seeing the calibre of people with the preparation and attitude they want in their workforce. The situation is bound to become even more challenging over the next 10 years, so it is very important that we ratchet up our efforts to reach, prepare and connect with the great young adults we want to be our workforce of the future.
If you can recommend an appropriate employee who is willing to participate and can do so before April 29, 2011, please contact Russell directly by telephone at (312)516-2100 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Distributors can also take advantage of the program’s bi-weekly online ICP Talent Tipsheet, a newsletter about young employees, at www.industrialcareerspathway.org/Tipsheet.