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TALENT The Next Generation
NSCA's Ignite Program
According to the National Systems
Contractors Association (NSCA), the
average NSCA member has at least
seven open positions at any given
time (that's 17,000 open positions
nationally). NSCA's Ignite program
reaches educators, students and job
seekers alike to inform, educate and
foster recruitment possibilities for
careers in the commercial electronics
systems industry. Ignite is intended to
" spark " interest in powerful career
opportunities for today's students and
job seekers. The program provides internship
grants for qualifying integrator
and manufacturer companies with
a goal of transitioning paid interns to
full-time employment. The program
also provides helpful guidance on
how to structure an internship. It's
part of NSCA's mission to assist businesses
in recruiting and cultivating
talent, while helping link students
to promising careers in an industry
where the only barrier to growth is
a shortage of skilled workers. NSCA
members (integrators, dealers and
manufacturers) are the feet on
the street - they are oſt en found
recruiting and educating at industry
job fairs, local high schools, technical
schools, community colleges and
other adult-education settings. Ignite
Ambassador companies can apply for
a reimbursement of $1,000 to off set
the wages associated with hiring an
intern. Please contact Teresa Solorio
at tsolorio@nsca.org, or by phone at
(800) 446-6722, to learn more.
of those colleges and universities are also
customers; they have Crestron technology
on their campus. Students see it year-round
in their classrooms, and then they get to
come and really see how the magic happens
[at Crestron] behind the scenes and
end up with a great career path. "
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AVA PETRILLO, a recently onboarded talent acquisition
specialist at Crestron, wasn't even aware of the AV industry
until her advisor mentioned the company while she was
looking for an internship her freshman year at Pace University.
" I applied for a production management internship
my freshman year of college, and, honestly, at that point,
I had no idea what that even meant, " she admits. " I didn't get the internship,
but I reapplied for an internship in human resources and ended up in the campus
relations department, and I ended up loving it. I converted from an intern
to a full-time talent acquisition specialist for campus relations in June. "
She continues, " I really love what we do. It's not that we're just recruiting
anybody - it's recruiting those who want to become a part of this industry
and this company. We're working with students who are going to eventually
convert to professionals. It's really rewarding to see them grow. "
Embracing DEI
As Fitzpatrick's team continues to grow
and as the internship program expands,
Crestron is mindfully partnering with
historically black colleges and universities
(HBCUs), as well as Hispanic-serving institutions
(HSIs). These eff orts help fulfi ll the
company's diversity, equity and inclusion
(DEI) mission, but they also simply serve
Crestron well.
" By pulling from [these] colleges and
universities, we're getting students from
all diff erent cultural backgrounds - of
diff erent races, genders [and] ethnicities, "
Fitzpatrick says. " And we're able to evangelize
them into the AV industry as a whole. "
He continues, " For the fi rst time in their life,
they may see it as a viable career path, and
that benefi ts everybody. "
Certainly, studies have shown that the
more diverse a company's employee base
is, the more innovative the company is. " Diverse
organizations are more empathetic, "
Fitzpatrick declares. " They are also better
positioned to respond to their customers,
partners and other organizations they work
with. There's real business value. "
To achieve that business value, however,
companies must not only achieve diversity
but also facilitate a space in which diverse
employees feel welcomed, nurtured and
supported. " When employees come to
the workplace, with authenticity, knowing
they're safe, they're going to be more
productive, they're going to be happier
[and] they're going to be more engaged in
their job, " Fitzpatrick explains. That's key to
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driving retention and referrals. Simply put,
people from diverse backgrounds who feel
that they're working somewhere safe are
more willing to refer other talented people
whom they think would be a good fi t for
the organization. But they'll only do that,
Fitzpatrick warns, " ...if they know that that
person will also be valued. "
He continues, " That is the type of atmosphere
that we want to continue to build [at
Crestron]. We have the leadership in place
to be able to do that. We have people here
who want to make that happen. " Fitzpatrick
adds that Crestron's managers want to ensure
that they're bringing in the best talent,
regardless of their background, origin or
other variables.
He expresses gratitude for the tremendous
organizational support that the internship
program receives from Crestron's
executive leadership team every year.
ALICE WHOLEY, a communications
major at James Madison
University, spent the summer as a
marketing communications intern at
Crestron. " I didn't think that I would
like it as much as I did, " she admits.
" In the beginning, I wasn't really
into AV, but it's a really evolving
industry, and it's going to continue
to grow, and I would like to grow
with it. "
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