Nestlé and Alliance for Youth to create 300,000 opportunities by 2025
Nestlé will be further rolling out its Youth eBusiness Academy.
DUBAI-Nestlé and the Alliance for Youth, launched in 2014 to bring together entities to support youth career development, will be creating 300,000 new opportunities for young people across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa by 2025. The announcement comes at a time when youth unemployment rates in the Middle East and North Africa, already the world’s highest at 29 percent according to the World Economic Forum, are being further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has led nearly half the region’s young people to consider leaving their countries.
“We remain committed to supporting the career development of youth in our region, offering various opportunities for learning as well as creating at least 1,000 new jobs for people under the 30 years old by 2025,” said Remy Ejel, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Middle East and North Africa. “We will also aim to enhance understanding of the present and future of work by training the young generation on digitization and environmental sustainability.”
Nestlé’s efforts are part of its Nestlé needs Youths initiative, with specific actions in the Middle East and North Africa that help meet the company’s regional commitment to Foster Career Opportunities for Youth by enhancing skills, and promoting employability and career progression.
- Hiring: Nestlé has hired more than 2,600 young people under the age of 30 in the region since 2016, totaling 70% of the company’s new hires during the period.
Readiness for Work events: implemented by working with universities across the region to offer expert advice to students in the areas of career advising, employability, business and corporate environment, and leadership. These impacted 35,000 people since 2016 through 380 events held across the region. They include workshops, CV clinics, and mock interviews.
- Online “readiness for work” activities: Nestlé will continue to organize and take part in digital career fairs and workshops to support young job seekers. Thirty virtual internships and 19 virtual career fairs and readiness for work events have already been offered in the Middle East and North Africa during the current pandemic, impacting 3,600 youth.
- Digital skills: Nestlé will be further rolling out its Youth eBusiness Academy. Trainees enrolled in the program will gain advanced digital skills (search, data, e-commerce) and obtain an official certification upon completion. Specific attention will also be given to digital skills in factories.
- Internships: 2,000 internships and traineeships since 2014.
- The Nestlé Center of Excellence: Launched in 2012 to support employability among university graduates. It offers training programs in Nutrition, Business, and Sales, and has so far trained 170 people and hired 42.