More than 200,000 hopefuls in 47 countries have applied for the Adecco Group’s CEO for One Month, a record high for the programme which enables young people to work alongside the men and women who run the world’s leading HR solutions partner.
Youth unemployment rates are double than the average in most countries, with a lack of required skills and the shortcomings of traditional education often cited by would-be employers. The Adecco Group is committed to tackling these challenges through programmes such as ‘CEO for One Month’ and Adecco Way to Work®, which have provided more than 20,000 young people with vocational training since 2015 – including over 140 ‘CEOs for One Month’. The ultimate goal is to impact their lives by preparing them for future employment, and to empower them with the necessary tools to successfully navigate the world of work.
The ‘CEO for One Month’ programme is designed to give young people the hands-on work experience they need to thrive in their careers – offering ‘real-world’ training that cannot be gained in school or university.
The number of applications is up 72 percent from 2017, with over 200,000 young professionals competing for the opportunity to shadow the Adecco Group’s CEO Alain Dehaze and the offer of a dream job.
“I can’t wait to welcome the 47 young leaders who will work with our top management,” said Dehaze. “’CEO for One Month’ is a life-changing experience that gives young talent a genuine opportunity to shine from day one of their careers.”
‘CEO for One Month’, now in its fifth year, offers an insider’s view of how to manage a multinational with 34,000 employees in 60 territories and revenues of more than 23 billion euros. Initially, the candidates will be selected to shadow the Adecco Group’s country managers in 47 countries for one month. Then 10 finalists are picked for an intensive, global boot camp to select the young leader who will spend a full month living and breathing the life of the global CEO. But the experience does not end there. Many of the finalists go on to careers within the Adecco Group. Last year’s global ‘CEO for One Month’ was Ed Broadhead – now the Adecco Group’s Head of Data Analytics at its Zurich headquarters. Ernesto Lamaina, a former national ‘CEO for One Month’ in Italy, has risen to CEO of Adia, the Adecco Group’s recruitment-on-demand digital brand.
On April 24, the Adecco Group’s annual Experience Work Day will give young men and women at the start of their careers a real taste of working life, with thousands of the company’s offices and branches opening their doors to offer shadowing and workshops, including mentoring sessions and client visits.
“The whole Adecco Group team looks forward to helping thousands of young people on Experience Work Day,” said Dehaze. “We want more young talent to get off to a great start in the world of work.”
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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 one of 47 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 34,000 employees and 23 billion euros in revenue. ‘CEO for One Month’ runs in 47 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 2018, ‘the programme attracted more than 200,000 applicants.