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GALA Teams with ManpowerGroup to Launch Global Talent Program

WASHINGTONJune 28, 2013 -- The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), with the support ofManpowerGroup,  the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is launching the Global Talent Program (GTP). The program will highlight the critical need for foreign language skills in the global workforce and will work with the professional language industry and other sectors to meet the growing demand for multilingual talent worldwide.

A broad and collaborative program, the GTP aims to reinforce multilingual competencies as a core requirement for today's global workforce, as well as to build an objective, consensus-driven system for understanding, measuring and evaluating those skills.

"In today's complex and interconnected world, business is global and talent is mobile – which means employers need talent with the unique skills to help them effectively adapt and compete in a global marketplace" said Norman Newton, Vice President of ManpowerGroup Solutions Language Services. "Individuals with multilingual capabilities will be increasingly in demand, which is a big advantage in a tight job market."

As part of the focus on multilingual talent, ManpowerGroup recently consolidated its global language offerings into ManpowerGroup Solutions Language Services. Newton added, "Without language skills or other means to bridge linguistic communication gaps, anyone in the workforce is at a disadvantage. Language competencies support borderless talent that will thrive in the 21st-century job market."

Hans Fenstermacher, CEO of GALA, agreed.  "The need for a multilingual employment force is increasingly acute," he said. "Everyone knows that multilingual skills lead to higher pay in many different fields, but most people don't realize how essential they are as globalization becomes the norm for all of us. The time to start training—and grasping the importance of language—is now."

About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is the world's largest language industry trade association.

About ManpowerGroup
ManpowerGroup™ (NYSE: MAN) is the world leader in innovative workforce solutions that ensure the talent sustainability of the world's workforce for the good of companies, communities, countries, and individuals themselves. Every day, ManpowerGroup connects more than 630,000 people to work and builds their experience and employability through its relationships with 400,000 clients across 80 countries and territories. For more information on ManpowerGroup Solutions Language Services visit


SOURCE Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)