ManpowerGroup 'Ready for Work' Award

“ManpowerGroup and Junior Achievement are strongly aligned in their commitment to making a difference to the lives of young people by helping them nurture their learnability and upskill to become work-ready for today, tomorrow and the future.”

Jonas Prising,
Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup
Board Vice-Chair, Junior Achievement Worldwide

General Information

The ManpowerGroup ‘Ready for Work’ Award recognizes those teams that have best built work readiness skills during the competition.

The winning team will display ability, likeability and drive, all of which are integral to learnability, and their project should nurture and inspire these qualities in others. Learnability is a key component of work readiness. It means the desire and ability to grow and adapt your skill sets to remain employable throughout your working life.

The Criteria to Win the Award

In the current context how Covid-19 pandemic affected our lives, jobs, education we believe that skills identified by us 3 years ago (outlined below) are universal, very relevant today and remarkably crucial to overcome current and future challenges. The way you learn and nurture your learnability will determine your capacity to adapt to the new normal and be active part of the constant change.

Process of skill improvement (25%)

Refers to the degree to which teams have thought about their skills, acknowledged the gaps, formulated a plan to address them, accumulated those new skills and used them in the projects.

Skills displayed during the project (50%)

Refers to the degree to which the project submitted and the team’s performance during the final event reflects the following 5 skills:

  • Creativity: Coming up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation or developing uncommon ways to solve a problem.
  • Cognitive flexibility: Generating or using different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Goal orientation (drive): Handling priorities efficiently, planning activities in order to guarantee goal achievement.
  • Problem solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Digital skills: Using digital technology, communication tools and networks to define, access, manage, integrate, create and communicate information.
  • Endurance: Highly resilient with a fast learning attitude, tenacious with a clear focus and has stamina.

Self-reflection and action learning (25%)

Refers to the degree to which the teams have looked back upon their project experience, derived some learnings and applied those learnings to next steps or projections for their company in the future.

Extra Bonus

In addition to the points for the three main criteria above, the jury can award up to 3 additional points for demonstrated impact on the work readiness of company beneficiaries / target groups, at the jury’s discretion.





ManpowerGroup Jury

Michel Debruyne

Managing Consultant Talent Solutions Right Management Belgium

Michel started his career at Leuven University as Field Director leading international scientific missions in the Middle East. In the following period he held several management functions in corporate communications and strategic management. A focal point was creating an entrepreneurial platform to guide start-ups.

From 2007 onwards he works as Right Management Consultant and holds the position of Managing Consultant since 2010 being responsible for all operations and Right Management services in the Belux Career Management. Since 2015, he also supports Talent Management.

Laura D’Amico

Head of Learnability and Development Europe

Laura was appointed Head of Learnability and Development Europe in July 2017 and is focused on enhancing our People’s sales capabilities and leadership. Laura partners with regional and country HR leaders to execute against our People and Culture strategic priorities. In addition, Laura provides direction to the continued improvement of the learning offers to nurture Learnability development.

Prior to that, Laura was HR Director for ManpowerGroup in Italy from September 2005. She joined Manpower in April 1995 as Permanent Consultant. After the launch of temporary work, she worked as Key Account Manager until January 2001 when she was appointed Strategies, Studies and Planning Manager. In July 2003 Laura started her career in HR, as Organisation & HR Development Manager.

Montse Moliner will be a Main Jury member of CoYC 2020

Montse Moliner

Head of Corporate Communications and CSR I ManpowerGroup

Degree in Clinical and Organizational Psychology from the University of Barcelona and in Human Resources from EADA, Montse is also an Executive Coach and has taken various courses in people management, quality, customer satisfaction and sales.

In 1989 she joined ManpowerGroup and worked in several job positions related to attraction and selection processes, until in 1993 she took up the leadership of the quality department. She worked on the creation of the quality system and its further certification according to the ISO 9000 standard, consolidating a great team in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation.

Since 2016, Montse Moliner heads the Department of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility at ManpowerGroup. At present she is also the chairman of the Board of Directors at Forética, the leading organization in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.


As new skill requirements emerge and grow in demand, it’s inevitable that others will become extinct. Consequently, there’s a growing awareness that individuals who seek learning opportunities will be more employable in the long-term.

Learnability is less about what you already know, and more about your capacity to learn. It’s about recognising that you’ll face new challenges throughout your working life, so it’s critical that you grow your skill set and adapt to new circumstances. In short, it’s a way for workers to “future proof” themselves – no matter who their employer may be and what their future work life holds. And be employable along their career.

What type of learner are you? Do the Test!

We all learn in different ways. A great team will include lots of different types of learners. Take this short quiz to find out your Learnability Quotient™ (LQ) and share the results with our team.

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About ManpowerGroup

Every year ManpowerGroup finds work for more than three million people, over half of these are millennials. We know what skills employers are looking for and help people get ready for work, skill up and build integrated and inclusive workplaces every day. At ManpowerGroup we believe meaningful and sustainable employment has the power to change the world.That’s why our Sustainability Plan is built around learnability and employability: helping people develop the in-demand skills to be employable for the long-term.