Ford Foundation Supports Expansion of Manpower Inc. Technical Jobs Initiative

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Manpower Inc.

    MILWAUKEE, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Manpower Inc. (NYSE:   MAN) today
 announced a grant from The Ford Foundation to accelerate the nationwide
 deployment of its latest workforce development initiative, TechReach.
     TechReach is a fast track program that provides underemployed people with
 intensive customized training, technical certifications, continuous skill
 upgrades, mentoring and well-paying entry-level technical positions with
 employers in their communities.
     "Manpower has a long history of developing innovative programs to 'create'
 the skilled workforce needed to meet the evolving needs of business," said
 Jeffrey A. Joerres, president and CEO of Manpower Inc.  "As technology and
 other factors create gaps between the available labor pool and the talent
 needed to fulfill job requirements, Manpower has found innovative ways to
 bridge that gap.  TechReach is our latest endeavor in workforce development,
 and we are pleased that The Ford Foundation has chosen to support the
 program."
     According to Mara Manus, program officer of economic development, The Ford
 Foundation invested in the TechReach program because of the value it will
 provide for the individuals who will qualify for well-paying jobs with a
 bright future, as well as for the communities and businesses that have
 suffered from a severe talent shortage in these skilled technical positions.
     "We invested in this program because we viewed it as an opportunity to
 make a positive impact on the lives of many, and fortify communities
 nationwide," said Manus.  "Manpower's experience working to improve
 employability and job opportunities among minority and underemployed groups is
 well known, and now we have an opportunity to build on those efforts by
 partnering with them in the TechReach program," said Manus.
     "Identifying the changing job requirements in the evolving world of work,
 and creating ways to help the underemployed people in our communities to fill
 those needs is a responsibility we accept with pride," said Joerres.  "This is
 a win-win situation for everyone involved."
     "We are continually looking for ways to improve the quality of the
 available workforce and, at the same time, give individuals the chance to be
 employed in well-paying jobs.  TechReach accomplishes those objectives, and
 our partnership with The Ford Foundation will help us to make a difference on
 a larger scale across the United States," Joerres said.
     "Our early results indicate that TechReach can provide individuals with
 the technical skills to qualify for meaningful entry-level computer support
 positions," he added.
     TechReach was spearheaded by Manpower, which has invested more than three
 years of research and development in the program, and has evolved into a
 collaboration among business, nonprofit, community-based, educational and
 government sectors.  The program is currently being piloted in several cities
 throughout the United States.
     Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the staffing industry, providing
 workforce management services and solutions to customers through 3,700 offices
 in 59 countries.  The firm annually provides employment to more than
 2.7 million people worldwide and is an industry leader in employee assessment
 and training. Manpower also offers organizational performance consulting
 services worldwide through its independent operating division, The Empower
 Group. More information on Manpower Inc. can be found at the company's
 website, http://www.manpower.com .  More information can also be found about
 The Empower Group at its website, http://www.empowergrp.com
 
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SOURCE Manpower Inc.
    MILWAUKEE, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Manpower Inc. (NYSE:   MAN) today
 announced a grant from The Ford Foundation to accelerate the nationwide
 deployment of its latest workforce development initiative, TechReach.
     TechReach is a fast track program that provides underemployed people with
 intensive customized training, technical certifications, continuous skill
 upgrades, mentoring and well-paying entry-level technical positions with
 employers in their communities.
     "Manpower has a long history of developing innovative programs to 'create'
 the skilled workforce needed to meet the evolving needs of business," said
 Jeffrey A. Joerres, president and CEO of Manpower Inc.  "As technology and
 other factors create gaps between the available labor pool and the talent
 needed to fulfill job requirements, Manpower has found innovative ways to
 bridge that gap.  TechReach is our latest endeavor in workforce development,
 and we are pleased that The Ford Foundation has chosen to support the
 program."
     According to Mara Manus, program officer of economic development, The Ford
 Foundation invested in the TechReach program because of the value it will
 provide for the individuals who will qualify for well-paying jobs with a
 bright future, as well as for the communities and businesses that have
 suffered from a severe talent shortage in these skilled technical positions.
     "We invested in this program because we viewed it as an opportunity to
 make a positive impact on the lives of many, and fortify communities
 nationwide," said Manus.  "Manpower's experience working to improve
 employability and job opportunities among minority and underemployed groups is
 well known, and now we have an opportunity to build on those efforts by
 partnering with them in the TechReach program," said Manus.
     "Identifying the changing job requirements in the evolving world of work,
 and creating ways to help the underemployed people in our communities to fill
 those needs is a responsibility we accept with pride," said Joerres.  "This is
 a win-win situation for everyone involved."
     "We are continually looking for ways to improve the quality of the
 available workforce and, at the same time, give individuals the chance to be
 employed in well-paying jobs.  TechReach accomplishes those objectives, and
 our partnership with The Ford Foundation will help us to make a difference on
 a larger scale across the United States," Joerres said.
     "Our early results indicate that TechReach can provide individuals with
 the technical skills to qualify for meaningful entry-level computer support
 positions," he added.
     TechReach was spearheaded by Manpower, which has invested more than three
 years of research and development in the program, and has evolved into a
 collaboration among business, nonprofit, community-based, educational and
 government sectors.  The program is currently being piloted in several cities
 throughout the United States.
     Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the staffing industry, providing
 workforce management services and solutions to customers through 3,700 offices
 in 59 countries.  The firm annually provides employment to more than
 2.7 million people worldwide and is an industry leader in employee assessment
 and training. Manpower also offers organizational performance consulting
 services worldwide through its independent operating division, The Empower
 Group. More information on Manpower Inc. can be found at the company's
 website, http://www.manpower.com .  More information can also be found about
 The Empower Group at its website, http://www.empowergrp.com
 
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