By 2025, Nestlé and Alliance for YOUth will create 300,000 new opportunities to support youth

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on society and, in particular, on young people. This is evidenced by the latest statistics: youth unemployment is rising again and more than 3 million young people have already been affectedin Europe [1]. More than ever, support measures are needed for young people so that a generation of isolation does not form.

Nestlé and Alliance for YOUth announced today that they will create 300,000 new opportunities for young people across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa by 2025. Despite the pandemic, Nestlé and its 300 accomplices want to continue their work and provide first jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships. In addition, Alliance for YOUth aims to provide the younger generation with the necessary digital and green skills to build the society of the future. Established in 2014, Nestlé Alliance for YOUth brings together companies that want to help young people enter the labour market.

Marco Setembri, Head of Nestlé in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, said: "Investing in youth is paramount to society. Since the launch of the initiative in 2014, we have already provided more than 450,000 jobs and training opportunities together with alliance for YOUth participants. I'm proud that we're all moving on together."

Also in the Baltics, this initiative is being developed and every year provides employment opportunities and paid internships for students from different fields to help them gain the necessary experience for the future workplace. According to Natalija Pipariene, HR manager at Nestlé Baltics, young people strengthen the company – they are entrepreneurs who help to reach new markets and segments and generally keep the company dynamic and competitive." Nestle Baltics has about 15 trainees every year.

Nestlé includes this joint plan in nestlé needs YOUth. It is a programme to support young people in professional life. The specific measures are as follows:

  • By 2025, provide 20 thousand first job opportunities and offer 20 thousand apprenticeships and internshipsacross Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Since launching nestlé needs YOUth in 2013, the company has already provided more than 26,000 apprenticeships and traineeships. During isolation, Nestlé organised digital training for apprentices so that they could complete the necessary curriculum. In addition, Nestlé is implementing virtual initiatives to allow young people to gain professional experience despite COVID-19.
  • Digital skills. Nestlé continues to expand youth e-business academy. Apprentices and trainees involved in the programme will acquire a wide range of digital skills (search, data, e-commerce) and receive an official certificate upon completion.
  • Aid for agribusiness. " Nestlé is working with young farmers to spread sustainable farming practices. Nestlé aims to strengthen programmes with farmers to accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral food supply chain. This will help Nestlé to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
  • Online readiness activities. " Nestlé will continue to host and participate in digital vacancy fairs and seminars to support new jobseekers. In Spain and Portugal, Nestlé organises online training for young people working in hotels, restaurants and cafés to support them in acquiring new skills.
  • Promoting entrepreneurship. Under the leadership of EY, Nestlé and Alliance for YOUth join forces with Junior Achievement Europe, Europe'slargest business education provider, to help young Europeans acquire entrepreneurial skills. Through this cooperation, more than 550 students have already obtained international qualification "Entrepreneurial Skills Pass" in the last three years.

Climate change and the digital transformation are just a couple of the many challenges facing society. With these measures, Nestlé wants to provide the young generation with the necessary skills to enable these challenges to be tackled. Nestlé and Alliance for YOUth will provide regular updates on their commitments and activities.

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About Alliance for YOUth

Established in 2014, Nestlé Alliance for YOUth seeks to provide young people with apprenticeships and traineeships with important job opportunities and experiences. In addition, the company encourages employees to participate in the life of the local community and to help young people prepare for work by offering practical advice, advice on CVs and preparation for discussion. Alliance for YOUth's participants are lively members of the European Commission's European Alliance for Apprenticeships, which, as active ambassadors for vocational education, promote apprenticeships and training across Europe.

European participants include workforce solution provider Adecco Group, insurer AXA,transnational telecoms company BT,international food group Cargill,transnational building materials company Cemex,logistics group DS Smith,metering and process automation company Endress+Hauser,global energy market participant Engie, professional services organization EY,social networking company "Facebook",fragrance and flavoring company "Firmenich",technology company "Microsoft",food and beverage manufacturer "Nestlé",consumer analysis group "Nielsen",communication company "Publicis Groupe",technology company "Salesforce",chemicals and advanced materials company "Solvay" and international law firm "White & Case". More than 300 companies across Europe have now joined alliance for YOUth.

 

[1] According to Eurostat's "European Indicators" news release of 1 October 2020, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/10663603/3-01102020-AP-EN.pdf/f45c24be-3304-e6b7-80c8-04eae7529519