CHICAGO — Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) works with volunteers in their local communities to facilitate participation in career fairs and other activities to raise awareness of the careers available in the field of industrial distribution.
The first of three February events took place at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, MI. Called ICP Ambassadors, volunteers Keith and Eric Nowak, a father-son team from MPT Drives in Madison Heights, MI, represented ICP to an estimated 1700 participating students. Keith said, “One of the faculty stopped by and was interested in what we did. I accepted his invitation to come back and address a group of seniors on real world opportunities.”
ICP Ambassadors have participated four times since 2013 at career fairs at The Williamson Free School for Mechanical Trades in Media, PA, most recently on Feb. 10. ICP Ambassadors Tom Tesoro of Jason Industrial and Bill Moore, trustee with the PTDA Foundation Board, reported both current students and alumni were in attendance. Moore said, “There were about 125 companies present and many of the students stopped by to talk with us. I was impressed with the caliber of the students at the school. Industrial distributors would find these students to have all the positive work attributes needed to succeed."
ICP Ambassador David Drudge of Bishop Wisecarver Group volunteered at a career fair at Hart County Comprehensive High School in Hartwell, GA, where students demonstrated enthusiasm by returning two and three times with more questions on the field, he recounted. David, a first-time volunteer, said, “I think it went really well. The ICP booth was the busiest at the event. I brought some company literature as well as ICP handouts and had lots of interest. I am ready to do another event.”
ICP is a multifaceted North American workforce initiative supported by an alliance of industry associations including American Supply Association, Heating Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International, 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, North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) and PTDA Foundation. ICP links students and job seekers to career paths in industrial distribution and manufacturing through partnerships with local educators and employers. For more information, visit www.IndustrialCareersPathway.org/Hire, contact ICP at email@example.com or call +1.312.516.2100.