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ManpowerGroup Promotes Youth Job and Entrepreneurial Training at United Nations Economic and Social

ManpowerGroup Promotes Youth Job and Entrepreneurial Training at United Nations Economic and Social Council

Regional Ecosystems Needed For Job Creation and Preparing Youth For Jobs, Says ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is advocating for community-based ecosystems that better prepare youth for jobs at today's United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) event, "Breaking New Ground: Partnerships for More and Better Jobs for Young People."

David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs, will moderate the panel "Building New Business Models for Youth Employment" at the UNECOSOC event, organized in part by the International Labor Office, the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the United Nations Global Compact.

Speakers on this panel include:

Linda Ben, Executive Vice President of Junior Chamber International, South Africa

Chris Bashinelli, Executive Director, Bridge the Gap TV

Eriko Yamaguchi, CEO and Founder, Motherhouse Company

AbdulMohsen Al-Badr, Director of Programme Development, Al Ghad Youth Forum

Three other panels, with UN officials and corporate executives, are taking place this afternoon. At the root of their problem-solving agenda is the world's youth unemployment rate, which now stands at 12.7 percent.

"More youth could enter the workforce, and elevate the economic status of communities worldwide, if they received support from both companies and public agencies in their communities," said David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs. "The best examples of youth successfully transitioning into the business world come from regional incubators that have prioritized soft and hard skills training supported enterprises launched by youth with adequate policies and programs and have incentivized youth career development by lowering taxes for employers who train, mentor and hire young interns."

Effective youth employment task forces — driven by governments, business and civil organizations — cite new options for catapulting youth into careers. Weaving entrepreneur training into education and changing standardized testing to rate skills needed in real time, by today's employers — are career development strategies that today's panel will address.

Separately, ManpowerGroup Director of Global Social Responsibility and Knowledge Sharing Chuck Bartels will speak tomorrow on a panel held by the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, taking place in the United Nations Church Center. During the session on "A Better Life for Rural Women: Challenges and Opportunities," he will discuss two ManpowerGroup Vocational Training Centers in Tamil Nadu, India — which were launched after the 2004 tsunami. The centers have prepared 8,000 survivors of the disaster for new occupations. A majority of the individuals who have been retrained are women from surrounding villages. Roughly 1,500 micro-businesses have been established by trainees.

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