Nestle has reportedly made a pledge to offer not less than 3,000 new work opportunities for the youth in the United Kingdom as well as Ireland by the year 2020.

The pledge was said to be part of the wider Nestlé Needs YOUth promise to provide 35,000 job opportunities for the youth not only in Europe, but also in the US and the Middle East in the next four years. According to the manufacturer, this is based on the work opportunities it creates from 2014 totaling to over 2,000.

Nestlé UK & Ireland Chairman and CEO Fiona Kendrick was reported saying: “Nurturing young talent is one of our core beliefs and at the heart of what we do at Nestlé. We have been very privileged to have many young people join us, learn and build life-long careers with us.”

Kendrick happens to be the president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) as well.

She said Nestlé continued to set a trend in helping lend support to, and nurture today’s young talent to become leaders of tomorrow – and that was important.

A Fantastic First Step

Kendrick further added: “Opportunities such as apprenticeships provide a fantastic first step on the employment ladder.”

The Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative was launched in 2013 and since then, it had created 2,000-plus job opportunities for young people under 30 years. According to Nestlé, this surpassed the initial 1,900 target.  On top of that, the company has reportedly engaged with 3,000-plus students via face-to-face workshops. It has also delivered more than 500 Readiness for Work events across UK.

Nestlé had increased the variety of chances available to the youth by introducing new internship and graduate roles in three important areas as a way of supporting its commitment. These were namely:  food manufacture and confectionery, the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, and new IT apprenticeships scheme.

The company has reportedly made major changes to its Academy recruitment process which was realised via changes to competency-oriented methodology across all Nestlé’s programmes.  This was designed to ensure optimum diversity, allowing candidates, irrespective of their background, to actually progress through its Academy recruitment process.

200 Top Companies

The year 2014 saw Nestlé further spread its Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative wings in Europe in order to initiate the Alliance for YOUth project, with 200-plus top companies partnering in it. The partnership was meant to assist young people to make the necessary preparations to plunge into the professional world, and enhance their odds of finding a job in a tough job market.

On November 15, the Alliance for YOUth project made a commitment to offer 230,000 new job openings for young people in Europe between the year 2017 and 2020. The alliance alleged that beginning from 2014, it had already provided training and jobs for 115,000 young Europeans.