Over the past decade, opportunities for recruiting new graduates into the corrugated packaging industry through ICPF have expanded dramatically. During this time, ICPF developed new formal partnerships with an additional 20 university partners, used its educational partnerships and social media to expand its outreach beyond packaging engineering and packaging design college students to include majors and minors in marketing and sales, business, supply chain management, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering and related disciplines, and grew its existing programming to engage 1,000 or more students annually.
As a result, ICPF annually recruits and maintains up to 1,100 current college students in its corrugated packaging career network who specifically are interested in a corrugated packaging career. Each year there are many more students and new graduates in this network who are seeking an entry level position or student internship than related openings in the industry. ICPF’s corporate partners continually use ICPF’s career portal and resume bank, its Student/Executive Dialogue Dinners, Teleconferences and other resources to successfully recruit. Through these ICPF resources, over 120 students with diverse educational backgrounds are recruited annually for production, operations, sales and design.
With this success in creating and maintaining an ongoing pipeline for the corrugated paper industry’s future managers and executives, ICPF is now additionally focusing on entry level needs for the plant floor. It has begun developing a database of local vocational & technical colleges (listing administrators and career counselors) for key metropolitan areas. The database will be available on ICPF’s website to assist firms in recruiting for the plant floor. ICPF also plans to identify entry level plant floor position needs and position descriptions through a survey of ICPF corporate partners that it can use in working with two year vocational colleges in launching a regional pilot program in 2022. The pilot will provide steps that ICPF and corrugated firms can replicate across the country. ICPF corporate partners that are interested in participating in ICPF’s pilot program in either the Chicago or Atlanta areas can contact