Adecco Group launches 2016 ‘CEO for One Month’ initiative in India for the first time


Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, is giving India’s entrepreneurial and ambitious youngsters the chance to become ‘CEO for one month” alongside the Adecco top management in their home countries. Online applications will be open from March1st to April 15th. As of June, the selected youngsters will be on the job to boost their CVs and career opportunities. For one only, there is the once in a lifetime chance to become Group CEO for One Month working with Alain Dehaze. After being selected in the home country, India, the person will be working with the Adecco CEO in India and the winner will work alongside the Global CEO of Adecco Group, Alain Dehaze for one month. The applicants should be a management or engineering graduate between the age of 22 and 26 from Tier I and II universities or schools.

The count of people being without a job is on the rise in India as economic slowdown and slower business expansion activities cast a shadow on employment generation. Indicating sluggishness in the country’s job market, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said in its recent report that the unemployment scenario in India over the last two years has been showing a rising trend. Going by ILO’s latest estimates, India’s jobless rate could be 3.8%. Unemployment rate in India is showing an increasing trend since 2011 when it was 3.5%. The same rose to 3.6% in 2012 and climbed to 3.7% last year. Creating new jobs is a challenging task and also plays a very important role in the economy of a country. While the rising unemployment level among the youth in India is a worry, but a much bigger cause of concern is that with the rising level of education, the rate of unemployment has progressively increased.

In this situation the initiative such as ‘CEO for One month’ can help the young workforce to build their career by increasing the employability factor. The initiative is important because Adecco Group vision is to empower the young workforce with the skills and experience necessary to shape the future world

Data shows around 73 million youngsters are unemployed in the world today – almost as much as the population of Germany. Yet at the same time, a striking shortage of talent across the globe hinders economic development and prosperity. Some 40% of employers say lack of experience is the main barrier for entry level vacancies. To play its part against this trend, Adecco has devised its Adecco Way to WorkTM and CEO for One Month programmes. The goal is to support talented youngsters in their career prospects by providing valuable work based training to boost their employability. That includes one month internships alongside Adecco Country Managers in India, letting youngsters learn on the job, gain insights and inspiration for their eventual professional choices, as well as adding a unique experience to make their CVs really stand out. One of the country CEO for One Month have the once in a lifetime chance to become Adecco Group CEO for One Month alongside Group CEO Alain Dehaze, further enhancing their training with international exposure and a global outlook. The position includes a rewarding salary to sustain the successful youngster’s further education and development.

‘CEO for One Month’ was launched in Norway in 2011. In 2014, it became an international Adecco initiative, including one Global CEO for One Month position working with the Group CEO. In 2015, there were more than 18,000 applicants from around the world. This initiative has proved its ability to boost youngsters’ employability and opportunities. Paola Ospina from Colombia, Adecco Group CEO for One Month 2014 progressed to a career in marketing at Adecco USA in Florida. Ayumi Kunori, the successful candidate for 2015, works part time for Adecco in Japan while completing her studies. And Ernesto Lamaina and Dick Boreel, two CEO for One Month finalists of 2015, were both hired at Adecco headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

“CEO for One Month 2015 was a revelation “, said Ayumi Kunori. “I wasn’t the best at school and wasn’t sure about applying. But once I did, I put all my commitment and passion into it. The experience was of immense value. I recommend youngsters everywhere to challenge themselves and try. The worst is that you won’t be chosen, at least this time. But everything you’ll learn will prepare you better for the next opportunity and for life ahead”.

Alain Dehaze, Adecco Group CEO commented: “Our future depends on the skills, confidence and experience of today’s youngsters. It’s a shared responsibility to help them build their careers through training, guidance and opportunities. This is what CEO for One Month is about. Youngsters will challenge themselves, gain hands on experience alongside Adecco’s top management, and get a taste of how to run a global company. I look forward to welcoming the INDIA CEOs for One Month, receiving these Millennials’ insights and helping them to build their way to work”.

Angelo Lo Vecchio, Country Manager & Managing Director, Adecco India said, “I am very proud that this excellent global initiative is being launched in India this year for the first time. I feel it is a huge step towards our vision of empowering youngsters with the skills and experience necessary to shape their future. The CEO for One Month project aims at encouraging thousands of young people to pursue their professional ambitions with strong determination and passion to foster their dreams. I am firmly convinced that by giving wings to the ambitions of these young people we can transform their dreams into reality. In this program the young and aspiring people go through focused mentorship and coaching directly under the leadership of the country manager and, if further selected to be the Group CEO for 1 Month then directly under the leadership of Adecco Group’s CEO. This is one of its kind and dream opportunity for our young and dynamic future leaders. I look forward to meeting many aspiring leaders in the next one month to select our CEO for One Month in India”

Beyond the CEO for One Month, Adecco Way to WorkTM aims to fight youth unemployment by providing ‘readiness to work’ initiatives and work-based training opportunities all over the world. Almost 3,000 internships and apprenticeships have been provided in 2015. In 2016, Adecco Street Day will be celebrated on March 17 to share Adecco’s expertise and guidance to job seekers in almost 60 countries.

To learn more on how to apply for CEO for One Month and about Adecco Way to Work

For registering :

Download the picture of the CEO FOR One month 2015 finalists

Download picture of Alain Dehaze with Ayumi Kunori

Watch the CEO for One Month 2016 Video
The experience of Alexa Tirziu, CEO for One Month Romania
The CEO for One Month experience from the CEOs’ words

Adecco Way to Work™ resources

About the Adecco India Group
Adecco India, headquartered in Bangalore, is a leading end to-end HR solutions company with a focus on Executive Search, Recruitment, Training & Learning and Temporary Staffing services to client organisations. Adecco is the Largest HR solutions company in India.
Rapid growth with the largest branch network across 55+ cities/towns
Adecco India, headquartered in Bangalore, is a leading end to-end HR solutions company with a focus on Executive Search, Recruitment, Training & Learning and Temporary Staffing services to client organisations. Adecco is the Largest HR solutions company in India.
Over 1,00,000 associates on assignment every day, nationally
Distinguished list of over 3700 clients across all segments
Placement of around 120000 candidates per year, across India
Over 900 trained and specialised consultants to customise your HR solutions
Consistent investments in Information Technology and infrastructure to upgrade service quality
Global resources of Adecco complement local intelligence and delivery ability
Domain expertise across specific industries

Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

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