PTDA Foundation raises $156,000 in support of finding next generation of employees

Forty-seven organizations and individuals have agreed to fund the Power Transmission Distributors Association Foundation’sVanguard Campaign, making contributions of nearly $156,000 to kick-off the 2014 fund drive. By contributing to the Vanguard Campaign as part of the PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded solely by donations, these companies are taking a “leading role in the movement to drive talented workers to the key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution,” according to PTDA.

Funding from Vanguard contributors helps the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) better reach the future workforce through participation at career fairs, job fairs, and technical trade shows as well as through social media channels and the Web site at www.idcareers.org. The Industrial Careers Pathway, the Foundation’s core initiative, is a collaboration of industrial distribution associations working together to bring future North American employees to the industrial distribution channel. It also develops programs that teach business and distribution basics and creates affordable resources for current employee development.

“The extraordinary support we’ve received from the 2014 Vanguard contributions shows just how challenging it is for companies to recruit those employees who will replace our retirees,” said Barbara J. Ross, director of rotary seals at Garlock Sealing Technologies and president of the PTDA Foundation. “With ICP, we are making face-to-face connections with the 16-34 year olds who will be our industries’ outstanding employees and future leaders.”

The donors included manufacturers of motors, bearings, fasteners, and drives across the U.S. The Foundation’s fund drive hopes to reach $320,000 this year. More information is available at www.industrialcareerspathway.org/Support.

-Bill O’Leary

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