Aug 27, 2014

Manpower South Africa announces new partnership

August 27, 2014
The Skills Portal

Workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa is proud to announce it has welcomed a new broad-based BEE partner on board. 

“In April of this year we began engaging with a non-profit organisation and trust, namely the Imvula Education Empowerment Fund,” explains Manpower South Africa Managing Director, Lyndy van den Barselaar. “I am both proud and excited to announce that the Imvula Empowerment Fund is now Manpower South Africa’s new BEE partner, as of July 27 2014.”

The trust oversees a group of organisations – namely the Maharishi Institute, The Impact Sourcing Academy and Invincible Outsourcing – which have all been established with the aim of assisting black students from disadvantaged backgrounds in obtaining a qualification and work experience, particularly in the call centre sector. 

Van den Barselaar explains that two individuals who have been successfully involved in this field for many years head the trust – CEO Dr Taddy Blecher and Chairman Dr Richard Peycke, and that both are truly driven to succeed in their cause, with a target to educate and place into employment 100,000 future leaders for South Africa.

When asked what the partnership means for Manpower South Africa and the Imvula Education Empowerment Fund, van den Barselaar explains, “The partnership means that the 25% of Manpower’s profits to which Imvula Empowerment Education Fund is entitled as a result of their shareholding in the company, will vest in these students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, to support their education and placement into employment, which is in line with Manpower’s core business and philosophy.”

“Essentially, the more profit created by Manpower, the more funds will be contributed to the education and economic upliftment of South African youth. We have been given a spectacular opportunity that allows us to invest in the future of the country’s youth and this is what BEE should be about – enriching the lives of others and giving them the opportunity to obtain to become economically self sufficient, through education and employment”.

The partnership has also meant that Manpower South Africa has been upgraded to a Level 2 BEE Contributor, from its previous Level 4.

“I am so proud to be associated with something so meaningful. Having the chance to directly impact the lives of so many individuals is truly amazing,” concludes van den Barselaar.