Corporate social responsibility
What we do helps to change lives and communities for the better. Manpower provides people with training and job opportunities that help them to transform their lives, and this puts social responsibility at our core.
Here are just some of the great causes we're involved in:
Charity of the Year
Manpower UK has been holding a number of fundraising events across our business for our charity of the year – The Royal British Legion. We've jumped out of planes, tackled assault courses, taken on fun runs, baked cakes, dressed down for the day and pedalled from London to Paris - all to raise money for this great cause.
Movement to Work
We are working with a number of organisations, including BAE Systems, BT, M&S and Unilever, to support the Movement to Work programme, developing quality work experience opportunities for young people.
The programme is targeted at creating 100,000 vocational training and work experience placements for 18-24 year olds who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). The placements are designed to deliver a wide range of positive outcomes, including developing new work skills and experience, gaining self-confidence and motivation entering, or re-entering education or training.
By signing up to the pledge, we have made a commitment to:
- Providing 4-6 week employability training placements for NEETs equivalent to up to 2% of the company's UK workforce
- Linking placements, where possible, to fixed term and permanent jobs or apprenticeships
- Engaging their own supplier and client base in the programme, asking them to make the same commitment in order to create a nationwide multiplier effect.
Tomorrow's Talent bridges the gap between young people and gainful employment, ensuring a sustainable pool of skilled talent both now and in the future. We have pioneered this approach to help young people better face the changing world of work and clients to understand young people better.
In 2014 we held a career skills and employability event, which brought together 28 students from London institutions with a number of employers, including American Express, Direct Line Group, Morrisons and TalkTalk. This provided students with the opportunity to network, take part in group activities and engage with hiring managers, to further enhance their understanding of the world of work and how to take the first step into employment.
This event enabled us to address the misconception between hiring managers and young people about access to employment, and create opportunities for them to stay in touch and build relationships. 87% of the focus group would recommend the experience to their peers, with positive feedback including:
- "I have learnt about networking, interview skills, how to improve interviews and other organisations and what they do"
- "I have dramatically improved my communication skills"
- "My networking skills have 100% developed, as well as my interview skills"
- "The most important thing I have taken from this experience is being able to feel more confident."
Apprenticeships support the training of people of all ages and help employers gain and maintain a workforce with the right skills. We're proud to support this initiative in both our head office and across our business.
We also support our clients’ apprenticeship requirements. From building a compelling EVP for apprenticeships, to integrating the levy into the wider talent strategy – we use our extensive recruitment experience and workforce expertise to unlock the potential of their Levy pot. We are also an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) allowing us to employ the apprentices whilst they work at a client location.
Since 2010, we have worked in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover at sites in Halewood, Solihull and Castle Bromwich to recruit and employ over 7,000 Production Operatives. These apprentices have gone on to complete a Level 2 NVQ apprenticeship in Business Improvement Techniques gaining a nationally recognised qualification. A number of these employees have gone on to complete a Level 3 apprenticeship in Product Coach and Group leader training with Jaguar Land Rover directly. In turn, Jaguar Land Rover benefits from a more loyal, skilled and motivated workforce who understands their business.
In our own business, we have a number of apprenticeship programmes in place across ManpowerGroup, and so far we have employed over 100 apprentices. Take a look at these testimonials to see what an apprenticeship is really like:
- "I chose to do an apprenticeship as it enabled me to experience the world of work whilst learning and gaining a qualification. Since I started at ManpowerGroup I have experienced work first-hand. I am able to exercise my strengths, but also improve my weaknesses with the help of my colleagues every day. Working for a large brand has already brought me many diverse opportunities, and I know I am truly valued by the company" - Shannon Aberdeen
- "I chose an apprenticeship as I had just finished a business course in college and wanted to continue learning about the business industry whilst gaining skills and experience. The apprenticeship I am doing allows me to work with professionals who will help me learn to be a professional too. I am learning the work I love and have always wanted to do and can work at my best. It will also lead to great job opportunities in the future" - Lauren Bassett
Improved environmental practises
At Manpower, we're dedicated to reducing our energy consumption, use of water in our offices, and the amount of waste that goes to landfill. As testament to this, in 2013 alone we saved 725 trees, over 1 million litres of water, over 150,000 KW-hours of electricity and prevented over 1 million grams of air pollution.