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

Ready for Work Award


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.




Criteria to Win the Award

1. 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.

2. 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
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Goal orientation (drive)
  • Problem solving
  • Digital skills

3. 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.

Under each criterion teams can earn from 0 to 5 points depending on the degree of achievement in each individual category. 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.


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.

Are you a Thrill Seeker?
Are you a Thinker?
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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.

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