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Companies Must Improve Training and Development to Win in The Human Age

Companies Must Improve Training and Development to Win in The Human Age, ManpowerGroup Reinforces at Regional World Economic Forum In Istanbul

Transforming Capabilities and Upskilling Protocol Is A Top HR Priority Among Successful Companies

Graduate-Ready, Not Job-Ready Candidates Fuel World's Jobless Rate

ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions and World Economic Forum (WEF) strategic partner, pushed business leaders attending the 2012 WEF on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia to improve the state of the workforce in this mega-region by personally investing in students to improve their state of job-readiness.

"Likewise, candidates must transition their focus from job security, a short-term mindset, to career-long employment security," said David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs, while hosting the breakfast session "The Age of Talentism—Transforming the Talent Ecosystem" at the WEF today. "They can only do this by strategically upskilling their skill set. Successful upskilling requires an acute attitude shift toward proactive career planning. It's not enough to be graduate-ready in today's competitive workplace."

Also, while leading a subsequent session "Youth Employment Crisis — Time for Action," which was moderated by Nik Gowing of BBC World News, Arkless summarized how collaboration across industries, governments and between employers and individuals is needed to identify and upskill workforces across regions.

"Without relentless collaboration among educators, governments and employers focused on identifying skills in demand, more and more candidates, particularly recent graduates, will be sitting on the bench --- missing out on critical opportunities needed to catapult their careers," said Francoise Gri, ManpowerGroup President of Southern Europe, who is also leading WEF sessions this week. "High levels of jobless youth are the biggest long-term threat to economic prosperity. If students and recent graduates don't develop the right skills soon, companies won't be able to seize business growth opportunities."

Many companies still don't recognize the ROI offered by training when compared to the causal effect of not hiring or training new workers to replace retiring workers, according to a new ManpowerGroup survey on training. It found that 60% of companies in the European region and more than 50% globally just don't have formal training or apprenticeships.

Six in 10 European companies offer no formal training or apprenticeship program, ManpowerGroup's survey also reported. Slightly less than half the companies in the rest of the world offer no training whatsoever.

In an Insight Paper launched today in Instanbul, "How to Advance The Capabilities of Today's Workforce," ManpowerGroup defines solutions for improving tomorrow's workforce: including forecasting their workforce needs, communicating and collaborating with employees, customizing training across all company levels and functions, prioritizing student programs such as internships, and making innovative training as accessible as possible to proactive individuals.

Successful companies forecast their talent needs years in advance and build a robust workforce strategy to ensure they will have the talent they need to win. Companies today must detail skills currently needed and factor their business goals and variables, such as understanding internal supply and factoring the amount of natural churn due to retirees. Weighing all this together will enable companies to develop effective training.

Business leaders must be directly involved in training and development initiatives within postsecondary schools and economic development organizations to help younger workers develop the technical and softer skills they need. Businesses can provide feedback that will enable educators to link classwork to business.

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