Would you like to work in a temp job and receive help with attaining your high school equivalency GED at the same time?
If so, you may want to look into applying for a position at Manpower. The Manpower employment agency is part of the ManpowerGroup, the world’s third largest staffing firm with 2,600 offices in 80 countries.
The company has begun a program to offer GEDs to qualified employees in collaboration with educational content provider Pearson. According to ManpowerGroup, 70 percent of all jobs require a high school diploma or higher, and getting a GED is a way to remove barriers to employment for those who may have difficulty securing employment.
“Employers cannot find skilled workers across all sectors of the U.S. economy from transport and trade to manufacturing and sales, and the problem won’t fix itself,” said Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America. “We know the biggest obstacle to learning is time, and this program offers our associates the ability to earn while they learn.”
The way the program works
Each participant is assigned an advisor, who they will meet with virtually at a time that fits into their schedule. Manpower employees will have online access to preparation and study materials for each of the four GED subjects, as well as practice tests and assessments. The four subjects that need to be mastered to earn a GED are social studies, science, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts.
The program is free to those employees who meet the qualifications, but they need to have access to a phone, computer and the internet to participate. It is also available in Spanish.
To be eligible, workers need to be on a current contract assignment with a participating ManpowerGroup office and assigned to a position which does not specify that a high school diploma or GED is required.
It takes less than three months
Obtaining a GED can be accomplished in one to three months. The assigned advisor will contact participants weekly by email or phone to check up on their progress and offer any needed support.
Doing temp assignments and participating in the program can be an excellent opportunity to get some work experience, establish an employment record and get a GED, all at the same time.
If you think you might be interested, visit your nearest Manpower branch office.