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ManpowerGroup has published workforce recommendations

ManpowerGroup has published workforce recommendations on how to sustain the economically advantageous region of the U.S.-Mexico border following a thorough year-long labor study that leveraged input from regional employers, educators, and workforce development organizations to determine how to upskill and retain talent in North America's largest cross-border metropolis.

Paso del Norte encompasses El Paso, TX, Dona Ana County, NM, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. With the Paso del Norte Group (PDNG), an association of local business leaders, ManpowerGroup built on Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recommendations for using higher education and training to stimulate economic and workforce development.

"The Paso del Norte region is a reputable economic center seeking to reach its full potential," said David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs. "With a large manufacturing center in Ciudad Juarez, sophisticated research facilities, a strong defense and aerospace sector and extensive logistics services just north of the border, the region is poised to become a global manufacturing and distribution powerhouse — but only if it can create a more highly skilled workforce that supports its economic vision."

Many of the study's findings, including a lack of work-ready graduates and an entrepreneurial culture, are evident in floundering economies worldwide. In the Human Age, extensive coordination between social and business leaders and educators is key to wisely using and sustaining local resources. The most critical resource is human capital.

In this particular region, economic recovery is steady, but most jobs are in low-wage, low-skill sectors.

"Our goal is to transform the region from a low-cost, low-wage labor market to a world-class center of financial, and intellectual capital, so that our border region becomes a gateway to global trade," said David Buchmueller, PDNG Chief Operating Officer.

ManpowerGroup is presenting the results, which closely resemble the Business 20 (B20) Task Force on Employment priority actions delivered to the G20 this week, to civic groups in all three cities.

"We look forward to working with stakeholders in the region to help put transformative human capital strategies into practice," Arkless added.

The Paso del Norte findings echo ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey which shows that almost half of Mexico's employers struggle to fill vacancies as young workers enter the workforce without needed skills. As a result, these workers become trapped in a low-wage, low-skill cycle — bottlenecking the talent pipeline and driving many to seek out higher wage opportunities in the United States.

ManpowerGroup has extensive experience in unleashing talent potential and building economic security in developed and emerging markets, by providing innovative workforce solutions to employers and governments. Global examples of effective public-private workforce initiatives enabled by ManpowerGroup are documented in the Paso del Norte report. They also inspired several B20 Task Force on Employment actions.


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