ManpowerGroup Partners with JA Europe to Endorse Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP)

Brussels, Belgium, 04 November 2015

ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world’s workforce expert, became a partner of JA Europe’s Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), a certification of young people’s entrepreneurial competences and work-readiness. By endorsing the ESP, ManpowerGroup is committed to offering opportunities to the program’s students, offering real-life business experience and engaging ManpowerGroup employees to provide mentorship, advice and counselling to those enrolled in the program.

In line with its recognised and global expertise in connecting human potential to the power of business, ManpowerGroup’s commitment represents a crucial milestone in its goal to provide innovative workforce solutions and services across the globe, enabling people to acquire the business and leadership skills they need in the ever-changing world of work. 

Country leaders within ManpowerGroup have already begun to provide ESP-certified students with job-shadow opportunities. Geert Vaerenberg, director, Experis Belgium, worked with Nikola Rybárová, a JA alumna from Slovakia, in October; Maalfrid Brath, managing director, ManpowerGroup Norway, was followed by a student from Norway – Amalie Jakobsen Heiberg, and Nuno Gameiro, general manager, Manpower Portugal, plans to welcome his ‘shadow’ in the near future. 

“ManpowerGroup is setting a great example with the engagement of so many employees as volunteers and their deep commitment to providing extended learning opportunities to young people while they are still in school,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe. “JA alumni earn more, are more satisfied with their career choices and many go on to start their own companies. When business and education team up like this, it positively impacts young people’s employability and reduces skills gaps.”

“We are pleased to continue building on the existing relationship we have developed with JA across the globe,” said Hans Leentjes, ManpowerGroup President of Northern Europe. “We are strongly committed to increasing the employment opportunities for young people by helping them to develop the skills and gain the knowledge necessary to succeed in tomorrow’s labour market. The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass is a concrete and tangible program that aligns with our core values and enables us to support the new generation workforce with our world of work expertise’’.


About JA Europe

JA Europe ( is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching 3.5 million students in 39 countries in 2015. It was founded in 2001 when 

Young Enterprise Europe and Junior Achievement International Europe merged. JA works with the education and business communities as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. JA’s activities have been endorsed as best practice by the European Commission. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®.

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN) is the world’s workforce expert, creating innovative workforce solutions for more than 65 years. As workforce experts, we connect more than 600,000 people to meaningful work across a wide range of skills and industries every day. Through our ManpowerGroup family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – we help more than 400,000 clients in 80 countries and territories address their critical talent needs, providing comprehensive solutions to resource, manage and develop talent. In 2015, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fifth consecutive year and one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup makes powering the world of work humanly possible:


For more information please contact:

Mathilde Poncelet
Policy & Communications, JA Europe
+32 (0)2 735 97 20



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