Get Skills to Work Coalition Announces Partnership with Manpower in Conjunction with One-Year Anniversary

     Get Skills to Work Coalition Announces Partnership with Manpower in
                    Conjunction with One-Year Anniversary

Manpower to increase career opportunities in advanced manufacturing for U.S.

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Led by GE and The Manufacturing
Institute, the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) coalition is pleased to announce a
new partnership with Manpower, the global leader in contingent and permanent
recruitment workforce solutions. Manpower is the first workforce solutions
company to join the GSTW coalition, a significant step to train military
veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing, bolster the talent pipeline and
enhance U.S. competitiveness. The announcement comes with the GSTW coalition's
one-year anniversary of connecting our nation's transitioning veterans to
careers in manufacturing.


As part of the GSTW coalition, Manpower will help veterans bridge the gap from
the military to the private sector. In local markets nationwide, Manpower is
partnering with veterans groups to connect with transitioning military
personnel, coaching job-seeking veterans about making their military
experience relevant to civilian employers, and connecting veterans to jobs in
advanced manufacturing.

"Veterans bring highly sought-after experience and technical expertise to the
private sector, but, unfortunately, many struggle to find work after leaving
the military," said Jorge Perez, Senior Vice President, Manpower, North
America. "Manpower is proud to join the GSTW coalition to help veterans
unleash their potential in the civilian workforce, and, at the same time, take
a step toward easing the talent shortage employers are facing, particularly in
advanced manufacturing."

Founded last year, the GSTW coalition provides our returning veterans with the
skills they need to compete for careers in advanced manufacturing, and
empowers manufacturers with tools to recruit, onboard and mentor veterans. The
GSTW coalition was founded by GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and The
Manufacturing Institute, and has grown to over 425 manufacturers, to help to
close the skills gap and connecting veterans with even greater opportunities
in advanced manufacturing.

"Our returning veterans have learned valuable skills through their service and
have the fundamental skills to be successful in advanced manufacturing," said
Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute. "With our new
partnership with Manpower, we will help create real opportunities for
transitioning military to get the resources they need to access in-demand
manufacturing jobs."

ManpowerGroup's 2013 Talent Shortage Survey found that 39 percent of U.S.
employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills, with
skilled trades positions ranking as the hardest jobs to fill. However,
according to a recent report by the Institute for Veterans and Military
Families (IVMF), there are currently 1.9 million unemployed veterans
nationwide and more than 69 percent of veterans cite "finding a job" as the
greatest challenge to transitioning back to the civilian world. Manpower
intends to bridge some of that gap by encouraging military veterans to visit or find the nearest office to learn more about working
with Manpower.

About Manpower

Manpower is the global leader in contingent and permanent recruitment
workforce solutions, providing the personal flexibility and agility businesses
need with a continuum of staffing solutions. Manpower is part of the
ManpowerGroup family of companies, which also includes Experis, ManpowerGroup
Solutions and Right Management. More information is available at

About GE

GE is honored to have more than 10,000 U.S. military veterans continue their
careers with the company and recently set a goal of hiring 1,000 veterans each
year for the next five years. Through its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes program, GE hired over 1,100 veterans in 2012 and
has supported over 50 Hiring Our Heroes transition workshops, coaching over
3,700 veterans. GE is also an active member of and donor to several leading
national military and veteran support organizations, such as Disabled American
Veterans, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Medal of Honor Foundation, among

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy,
health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and
curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information,
visit the company's website at

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the
National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the
Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to
the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction,
qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more
information, please visit

SOURCE Manpower

Contact: AJ Jorgenson, The Manufacturing Institute, (202) 637-3115,, or Mary Ann Lasky, ManpowerGroup, (414) 906-7320
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