PTDA distributor volunteers influence educators at ACTE annual meeting
Industrial distributors Allied Bearing and Supply, Inc. and GHX Industrial LLC sent volunteers to meet with hundreds of faculty, counsellors and administrators from technical and vocational schools throughout North America at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) annual meeting in New Orleans, La., last month. Volunteering was Jim and Mike McLain of Allied Bearing and Supply, Inc. (Harahan, La.), a member of Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) and Jim Reilly of GHX Industrial LLC (Houston, Texas), a member of NAHAD — The Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution where Reilly is currently president. They assisted in the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) booth to meet with nearly two hundred educators during CareerTech VISION 2015.
Mike McLain, himself a former teacher, noted, “One of the best ways to reach young people about career opportunities in industrial distribution is to make sure their instructors know something about the field. ICP offers to find local industrial distributors to talk to their students about the sector.” There is no charge for this service for schools from ICP.
Jim Reilly agreed saying, “Our best option to get entry-level candidates into our open positions is by establishing relationships locally with school administrators and instructors who can guide their students to the jobs we offer and talk to them about our field. ICP works hard to find and forward these opportunities on to local distributors.”
All three distributors felt the event was a great use of their time. Jim McLain said, “It’s hard to take time away from the business to talk with educators or students, but if we don’t, how will they learn about the incredibly rewarding career opportunities available in our field?”
CareerTech VISION 2015 was attended by over 4,000 educators. ICP attends each year for face-to-face contact with educators, who influence their students to learn more about industrial distribution, as just one of many ways ICP is raising awareness about industrial distribution and its many opportunities to potential “right-fit” entry-level employees.
In addition to providing visibility about entry-level careers in industrial distribution, ICP develops and delivers useful programs, services and tools to help industrial distributors recruit, on-board, hire, manage, train and retain entry-level employees. As an example, ICP publishes the ICP Talent Tipsheet, a quick-read eblast that helps employers retain and manage younger generations, a great resource for human resources professionals.
ICP is a multifaceted North American workforce initiative supported by an alliance of industry associations including American Supply Association, Industrial Supply Association Education Foundation, National Association of Chemical Distributors, National Association of Electrical Distributors, NAHAD-The Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution, NIBA-The Belting Association, and PTDA Foundation. ICP links students and job seekers to career paths in industrial distribution and manufacturing through partnerships with local educators and employers.