ManpowerGroup Committed to Boosting Employability of Young People as World Marks International Youth Day

  ManpowerGroup Committed to Boosting Employability of Young People as World
                        Marks International Youth Day

Engaging Youth Critical to Ensuring Talent Sustainability and Driving Business

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 12, 2013

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world
leader in innovative workforce solutions, is committed to working with
organizations around the world to help young people increase their
opportunities for employment as today marks International Youth Day 2013, a
global event organized by the United Nations focused on the pressing
challenges facing young people. The theme of this year's International Youth
Day is Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.


High levels of youth unemployment remain one of the most serious challenges
facing the global economic recovery; the problem is particularly acute in the
Eurozone, which has been gripped by crisis in recent years. While the overall
unemployment rate across the region is 12.1%, the rate for young people in
countries such as Greece and Spain is more than 55%.[1]

"Elevated levels of youth unemployment are contributing to a lost generation
of talent. The world cannot afford for young people to be left on the
sidelines of work and locked out of the learning curve," said Jeffrey A.
Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "As older workers retire, there are
not enough young replacements in the pipeline. Talent shortages inevitably
result, representing a real constraint on the ability of businesses to seize
available economic opportunities."

With its focus on building agility, employability and vitality into the
world's workforce ecosystem to ensure talent sustainability, ManpowerGroup is
involved in programs around the world that tackle youth unemployment and
provide young people with the skills they need to succeed in the world of
work. These include:

  oJunior Achievement Success Skills: ManpowerGroup is a longstanding partner
    of Junior Achievement, the world's largest organization dedicated to
    educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and
    financial literacy. The joint initiative, JA Success Skills, helps
    students learn how to find, secure, and keep a job, and provides them with
    tools designed to develop personal strategies for long-term career
    success. The Success Skills curriculum has been taught to more than 45,000
    students in 20 countries.
  oPacte Pen-Breizh: This ManpowerGroup program addresses youth unemployment
    in Brittany, France, by training people in IT skills — an area where local
    businesses report notable talent shortages.ManpowerGroup works with a
    number of partners, including: the French Public Service for Employment in
    Brittany which provides applications/resumes from people who are looking
    for a job in the IT sector; the University of Rennes which provides use of
    its campus for the training; the Regional Council of Brittany which
    contributed to the development of the project and Orange, which has hired
    students who have completed the course. Of the 30 young people have who
    completed the training, 24 have been recruited by Proservia, the IT
    Services provider and subsidiary of ManpowerGroup France, in help-desk
    roles. The remaining six students have joined Orange in the same function.
    Over the next two years, 500 unemployed people will complete the training,
    helping to fill the 600 current vacant positions in the IT sector in
  oTraining and Development Programs in Germany: ManpowerGroup runs training
    and development programs throughout Germany for young people who lack
    qualifications. Training is held in partnership with local schools and
    programs usually last between one week and six months, but can run up to
    two years. Young people upskilled through this program have gone on to
    find employment in a range of industry sectors, including health and
    social care, logistics, welding and engineering. More than 700 candidates
    have completed training programs so far.
  oUK Apprenticeship Programs: ManpowerGroup UK has more than 4,500
    apprentices employed at client sites across the country gaining valuable
    skills and training as they work. Separately, to support small and medium
    enterprises (SMEs), who are the largest employers in the UK, ManpowerGroup
    has developed an apprenticeship portfolio program, allowing an SME to take
    on a part-time apprentice or an apprentice for only a short period of
    time. ManpowerGroup will then place the apprentice with other SMEs,
    allowing them to fulfil the 12-month UK legal requirement for
    apprenticeships. There are currently 4,000 young apprentices working
    through ManpowerGroup across the UK with 2,000 placed in Jaguar Landrover
    alone. ManpowerGroup UK also operates an internal apprenticeship program
    with 36 apprentices working across its headquarters and national network
    of branches.

"In today's volatile and ever-changing business environment, businesses and
countries need human talent to effectively compete and young people need a
path to success," added Joerres. "ManpowerGroup works to bridge the gap
between them."

See how ManpowerGroup is tackling youth unemployment around the world in a new

ManpowerGroup also recently released two reports, "How Policy Makers Can Boost
Youth Employment" and "Wanted: Energized, Career-Driven Youth." Both reports
recommend strategies to prevent an entire generation from being excluded from
the labor market and can be downloaded from:

About ManpowerGroup
ManpowerGroup™ (NYSE: MAN) is the world leader in innovative workforce
solutions that ensure the talent sustainability of the world's workforce for
the good of companies, communities, countries, and individuals themselves.
Specializing in solutions that help organizations achieve business agility and
workforce flexibility, ManpowerGroup leverages its 65 years of world of work
expertise to create the work models, design the people practices and access
the talent sources its clients need for the future. From staffing,
recruitment, workforce consulting, outsourcing and career management to
assessment, training and development, ManpowerGroup delivers the talent to
drive the innovation and productivity of organizations in a world where
talentism is the dominant economic system. Every day, ManpowerGroup connects
more than 630,000 people to work and builds their experience and employability
through its relationships with 400,000 clients across 80 countries and
territories. ManpowerGroup's suite of solutions is offered through
ManpowerGroup™ Solutions, Manpower®, Experis™ and Right Management®.
ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the
third consecutive year in 2013, confirming our position as the most trusted
brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup makes powering the world of work
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