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Siding with laborers and disadvantaged people
By Hoang Khang
Tuesday,  May 26, 2020,10:11 (GMT+7)

Siding with laborers and disadvantaged people

By Hoang Khang

A speaker with ManpowerGroup exchanges with students on how to prepare themselves for the future work – PHOTO: COURTESY OF MANPOWERGROUP

As a global provider of workforce solutions, ManpowerGroup works with both employers and job seekers. The U.S.-headquartered company that set its foothold in Vietnam 12 years ago has pursued its missions all along: caring about people and the role of work in their lives in a changing world of work.

“ManpowerGroup has always sought to help people, especially young professionals, fresh and would be graduates, be ready for work,” says Ms. Nguyen Dinh Hoang Yen, Marketing and PR manager from ManpowerGroup Vietnam, when sharing on the company’s sustainability activities.

The “Ready for Work” is one of the key pillars of the company’s sustainability across numerous countries where it is operating, as it helps match job seekers with employers. In most cases, students and fresh graduates do not know how to prepare themselves for the real world of work.

In fact, the “Skills Revolution 4.0: Humans Wanted, Robots Need You” survey by ManpowerGroup shows that up to 84% of enterprises are planning to upskill their employees by 2020, including technical skills and soft skills. In Vietnam, the “Ready for Work” activities conducted by ManpowerGroup covers a vast swathe of topics, including upgrading nuts-and-bolts skills for candidates.

“ManpowerGroup Vietnam’s consultants regularly join career orientation workshops organized at universities and vocational schools where they will give advice to students on how to prepare themselves for future jobs. That may include basic skills like how to prepare for a job interview, or how to make an appealing CV,” says Yen, adding that apart from workshops, consultants also engage in one-on-one career consultancy with students and conduct mock interviews for them.

Since 2010, ManpowerGroup Vietnam has assisted fresh graduates to get prepared for the workplace, as well as helped them equip knowledge and understanding on the fast-changing world of work. For example, experienced consultants of the company spoke at a workshop in March last year at Hanoi National Economy University, where its speakers advised the students on the outlook of the labor market and their preparedness on the way to become global citizens.

Since 2008, ManpowerGroup Vietnam has worked with the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to help upskill the local workforce. The company has engaged strongly in its Ready for Work program via providing thousands of internships to the students across the nation.

In October 2019, ManpowerGroup Vietnam Ready-for-Work Program 2019 – 2020 was launched, with the purpose on providing meaningful paid internship to businesses and to address skilled workforce shortage in Vietnam. The company recognized this constant demand for interns during the implementation of staffing and outsourcing services for businesses.

Ms. Le Thi Kim, the company’s Head of Staffing and Outsourcing services, North Vietnam, shared: “We expect ManpowerGroup Vietnam’s Ready-For-Work Program to connect more than 2,000 interns to businesses in Vietnam in 2019 – 2020. The industries with most internship demand include mechanics, electronics, e-commerce, FMCG and F&B.”

ManpowerGroup’s key business line is to supply optimum workforce solutions to enterprises, from blue-collar workers to professionals and experts. While the company can provide a lot of tailored solutions to help clients meet their diversity of needs, its priority is to identify and develop local talent pool, Yen remarks. Therefore, upskilling workforce and helping them ready for work is its mandate to replenish the talent pool. This sustainability activity, to some extent, has helped improve the local workforce’s preparedness, now that vocational orientation in the country is still trailing demands.

In another activity of significant social dimension, ManpowerGroup Vietnam is working with the MOLISA over a project to help disabled people integrate in the local labor market. “Integrating and including disadvantaged people is aimed at enabling all people to participate in the workplace and achieve their potential,” Yen shares.

Since its operation in Vietnam, the company has organized many initiatives to raise fund for disadvantaged people, including launching drawing contests for its employees’ children, with the proceeds going to building green libraries for poor children in remote areas or supporting needy people with their basic needs such as those of foods, milk, mosquitoes nets, water pumps in remote areas of Dak Nong province. In 2018 and 2019, children’s drawings were printed onto lucky-money packages before Tet holidays, helping the organizer fetch over VND220 million to build playgrounds for kids in Moc Chau, Son La Province in 2018, green libraries in Hoa Binh Province in the North last year and Tien Giang Province in the South in 2020.

“Our sustainability umbrella includes ready for work, upskilling and reskilling the workforce and integrating and including less advantaged people all around the world. All in all, we aim to help people prepare themselves for the future of work and help them find meaningful and sustainable jobs,” Yen shared.

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