The Nestlé Apprentice Programme in Colombia

Location: Colombia

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 26, 2012, updated September 2012

The Nestlé Apprentice Programme in Colombia
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING:Apprentice Baker Jair Andrés Santa learns not only about bakery at La Rosa factory in Dosquebradas, Colombia, but also about microbiology, budgeting, and customer service.

"It’s not only a matter of learning bakery; we also learn about microbiology, finance, budgeting, costs, sales, how to treat the customer, and so on. That is the reason I think that this is really something that is going to give meaning to my life. It will be very useful for everything.” Jair Andrés Santa, Apprentice Baker, La Rosa Factory Dosquebradas, Nestlé Columbia. The Nestlé Apprentice Program in Colombia has been running since 1960, and has continued throughout the political turmoil the country has experienced in that time.

Today, with a national training requirement corresponding to 5% of employees, 24 apprentices aged 18 to 22 begin each year, normally after completing their secondary school studies. They are sponsored by Nestlé but their training is given in a government institute, SENA, combined with on-the-job training in the company. The program varies from 9 to 18 months depending on the sector: the choice includes administration, accounting and finance, maintenance, laboratory functions, bakery and electrical trades – skills that are not Nestlé-specific but highly transferable. A high proportion of ex-apprentices are still with the company 20 years after their training.

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