Giving young talent unparalleled work experience opportunities and real-world exposure, The Adecco Group opens registration for ‘CEO for ONE Month’ 2018

The unique programme, now in its fifth year, provides opportunities for candidates to step into the shoes of business leaders in 48 countries within the Adecco Group’s global network.

Zurich, Switzerland, February 6, 2018:  Like being given the keys to your dad’s car before even knowing how to drive, the Adecco Group’s ‘CEO for One Month’ programme is a powerful eye-opener for those who take part.

Applications are now open for young people all over the world to enter the programme to become leaders across 48 countries in the Adecco Group’s global network. After completing their national ‘CEO for One Month’ assignment, ten of these talented candidates will be selected to attend a rigorous but inspiring boot camp where their collaboration and innovation skills will be tested.  Only one will then be selected to work alongside Group CEO, Alain Dehaze, for one month. It is the experience of a lifetime and has a long-lasting impact on the individuals who take part.

Youth unemployment is a well-documented global phenomenon. Each generation of school leavers and university graduates encounters increasing obstacles to entering the workforce. Over the last few years, the technological advances of the fourth industrial revolution have created jobs that require new skills and competencies which are increasingly specific. Against this background, education systems are starting to focus on technical and digital skills, governments are establishing more vocational oriented courses, and companies and organisations are working hard to provide work-based training opportunities like apprenticeships.

The CEO for One Month programme epitomises the Adecco Group’s aim to provide young people with real-world opportunities and help them thrive through the power of work. The invaluable insights gained from such an experience cannot be taught at school or shared in university lectures.  Alain Dehaze, the Adecco Group CEO, comments:

“Our ‘CEO for One Month’ programme specifically targets ambitious young talent, providing them with a life-changing opportunity. They can boost their employability by learning on the job at the helm of a leading multinational company. They literally get to experience what it’s like to run a company – it’s an amazing privilege and unique learning process.”

The 2017 Global ‘CEO for One Month’, Ed Broadhead, a graduate from the UK, added

“I cannot recommend the programme enough! It has changed my life. Nothing compares to sitting with Executive Committee members of a Fortune Global 500 company making real decisions about real life strategies. I gained exposure to the world of work, international business and a network of incredible people that would otherwise be unobtainable.”

To participate, candidates should apply via the Adecco Group Way to WorkTM website.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in the relevant participating country. The position includes a salary awarded to support the successful candidate’s education and development. Selected ‘CEOs for One Month’ will receive ongoing guidance and professional opportunities from the Adecco Group through the alumni group.

Watch the ‘CEO for One Month’ 2017 video

Watch Ed Broadhead’s interview, the Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’ 2017

Watch Ed Broadhead’s speech at the Adecco Group Global Leaders Conference

Click here to see former ‘CEO for One Month’ testimonials

Adecco Way to Work™ resources




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‘CEO for One Month’ Programme

As part of our Way to Work programme, the Adecco Group offers a unique opportunity to become first the CEO for One Month in the 48 countries and then the global CEO of the Adecco Group for one month, under the direct supervision of the CEO of the Adecco Group, Alain Dehaze.  The selected Global ‘CEO for One Month’ gets a taste of how to run a multinational company with 33,000 employees and 23 billion euros in revenue. ‘CEO for One Month’ runs in 48 countries, where the first step is for candidates to apply to become ‘CEO for One Month’ in their country of residence, before making it to a shortlist of 10 top performers. Of the final 10 candidates, 1 will be chosen to become Global ‘CEO for One Month’. In 2017, ‘the programme attracted more than 117,000 applicants.

About the Adecco Group

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading HR solutions partner. We provide more than 700,000 people with permanent and flexible employment every day. With more than 33,000 employees in 60 countries, we transform the world of work one job at a time. Our colleagues serve more than 100,000 organisations with the talent, HR services and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.  As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that meets social needs while driving business innovation. Our culture of inclusivity, fairness and teamwork empowers individuals and organisations, fuels economies, and builds better societies. These values resonate with our employees, who voted us number 2 on the Great Place to Work® – World’s Best Workplaces 2017 list.  We make the future work for everyone.

The Adecco Group is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). The group is powered by eight lead brands: Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Adia and YOSS.

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