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tours are in opening up the eyes of young students to industrial
distribution. “They have no clue as to the operation of a business
and certainly can’t connect to the fact that many of these companies have billions of dollars in sales,” she says.
About 10 to 15 students participate in each tour. The hosts of
these tours say the students are eager to learn about the business
and career opportunities. One distributor said he was surprised
how well they were prepared with their questions.
ICP is also helping students by attending many specialized trade
events. Representatives from three of the ICP Alliance Partner
associations met with hundreds of technically-minded students
and their instructors at the SkillsUSA TECHSPO in Kansas City June
24-26 and at the Skills Canada National Competition in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada June 4-6.
“We try and get as many business cards from instructors as
possible and follow-up with them for career fairs and the like,”
“We’ve had very good success,” she adds, noting that ICP wants
to attract all types of students but has a specific focus on tech-
nical and vocational students at the local or regional level. She
explained that is because there is a greater chance that in three to
four years that’s where these students may be living and working.
Jawgiel also praises the assistance of so many distribution rep-
resentatives who have taken the time to help man the booth at
“Usually, (the distributors) say after the meeting that they had
so much fun. Every one of them said they would do it again,” she
Jawgiel adds that she is hopeful that many more associations
will join. That seems to be happening, as two of the alliance partners joined ICP during a two-month period.
If you’d like more information about IPC, go to the group’s
website at www.industrialcareerspathway.org. Helping ICP means
that you will be helping our industry in meeting the talent needs
our businesses will need in the future.
Jack Keough is contributing editor of Industrial Distribution. He
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.