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Over 53,400 ambitious youngsters aspire to become ‘CEO for One Month’


Zurich, Switzerland, April 18, 2016: Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions,received over 53,400 online registrations for its 50 ‘CEO for One Month’ internships. Screening andinterviews will now begin to select the 50 successful candidates to work alongside Adecco topmanagement in their home countries. Only one will become the Adecco group ‘CEO for OneMonth’ alongside Alain Dehaze. For all it will be a chance to enhance their CVs and improve theirfuture prospects.

While global youth unemployment is running at 13%, technological progress is creating new jobs requiringskills not available today. Some 40% of employers say they cannot find the skills needed to develop theirbusinesses and identify lack of experience as the main barrier to entry level vacancies. New educationaland training systems and work-based training opportunities, such as internships, and apprenticeships, areessential to help young people gain experience and get onto the career ladder. The same applies totemporary work opportunities, where statistics show 71% of agency workers remains in employment afterthe assignment (CIETT Economic Report 2016).

To play its part, the Adecco Group has devised its Adecco Way to WorkTM and ‘CEO for One Month’programmes. Adecco Way to WorkTM provided more than 3,000 internships in 2015 at Adecco and clientpartners. The aim is for 5,000 in 2016. CEO for One Month is an additional opportunity to gain leadershipand management experience  allowing 50 talented youngsters around the world to work alongsideAdecco top management in their home countries.

After receiving 53,466 online registrations from 50 countries by the April 15 deadline, Adecco recruiterswill now proceed with local selection and interviews, to be finalized in June.

The ‘CEOs for One Month’ will learn on the job, being exposed to business cases, client meetings andbusiness reviews to develop their hard and soft skills. After a further selection stage, the top 10 willparticipate in the ‘CEO for One Month Bootcamp, with one only then being appointed Adecco Group CEOfor One Month. The Group position will bring a further month’s experience, this time alongside AlainDehaze, offering a taste of how to run the global industry leader: a Fortune 500 company with 32,000employees and Euro 22 billion revenues in 2015.   

Nadiah Mahad, ‘CEO for One Month’ at Adecco Singapore in 2015, who then joined Adecco as a TalentAcquisition Specialist, said: “My experience as ‘CEO For One Month’ was unique; to have the opportunityto step into a CEO’s shoes and discover first-hand the many roles that a CEO juggles enabled me toacquire professional insights that will definitely be an asset in my career.”

Savannah Graybill, USA Olympic hopeful and the 2015 Adecco Group North America CEO for OneMonth, who applied to the initiative through the International Olympic Committee and USOC Athlete Career & Education Program, added: For me, it was the opportunity of a lifetime! My advice to otheryoung people is: the more opportunities you embrace, the more you will learn, and the more doors you willopen. Get out of your comfort zone and give your all.”

Adecco Group CEO Alain Dehaze commented: “Adecco Way to WorkTM and the CEO for One Monthrepresent our promise to help youngsters enter the world of work. We look forward to meeting the 2016CEOs for One Month’ and helping them boost their employability. We are committed to sharing ourexpertise and leveraging our network to support the over 53,400 youngsters who applied. 


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