Nestlé has a long tradition of recruiting young people directly from schools or universities. In 2013 youth unemployment in Europe was at a critical level, and we felt we could do even more to help address it. Focusing on creating first job experiences, we launched the Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative.
Nestlé is seeking to help more young people out of school and into work. This includes apprenticeships – a key success factor in bridging the gap between school and the workplace.
In the UK and Ireland, we committed to offer 1,900 employment and training opportunities for young people under the age of 30 in by 2016. As of November 2016 we have already created more than 2,000 opportunities for young people. In addition we will offer at least 3,000 new employment opportunities for young people by 2020 in the UK and Ireland.
The commitment is part of the wider Nestlé Needs YOUth pledge to offer 35,000 work opportunities for young people in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa by 2020.
Alliance for YOUth
In 2014, Nestlé expanded its Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative in Europe to create the Alliance for YOUth, a collaboration between over 200 leading companies to help young people be better prepared to enter the professional world, and improve their chances in a challenging job market.
In November 2016, The Alliance announced that it will offer 230,000 new work opportunities for young Europeans between 2017 and 2020. It has already provided training and jobs for 115 000 young Europeans since 2014.
Learn more about the Alliance for YOUth.