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Opportunities for young people

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Our commitment

Roll out our Nestlé needs YOUth initiative across all our operations 


Millions of people around the world are unemployed – and many of them are young. We are providing the training and resources young people need to improve their employability and nurture their entrepreneurial talent.

Demonstrating our commitment

The challenges facing today’s youth as they make their way in life are steep. We are stepping up to offer a helping hand, giving them a better chance of success. In 2013, we created Nestlé needs YOUth to help 10 million young people access economic opportunities by 2030. Since 2014, we have established over 300 private sector partnerships through the initiative, focused on developing the skills and resources young people need to enter the workplace or start their own businesses.

In 2019, we co-founded the Global Alliance for Youth with 20 multinational companies among its members. While the initiative's initial commitment was to help 6 million young people improve their employability and skills, the Alliance exceeded all expectations, supporting over 10 million young people to date. In light of these achievements, the Alliance has revised its commitment, with a new aim to support 15 million young people by 2022.

Despite the impact of COVID-19, in 2020 we hired more than 8500 interns, apprentices and trainees.

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Reaching youth around the world

In October, Nestlé and the Alliance for YOUth  organized a Facebook live event for young people across Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA). Various private sector representatives and European Parliament members attended, including the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit.

During the event, Nestlé and the Alliance for YOUth announced that they will offer 300 000 first jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships across EMENA by 2025. Nestlé will contribute 40 000 of these positions to help young people gain the skills they need to shape the society of tomorrow and contribute to a sustainable COVID-19 recovery.

Our Nestlé team in Chile also hosted and led the fifth Pacific Alliance Youth Summit. The 2020 summit took place virtually for the first time and, over two days, focused on tackling the social and economic integration of young people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Training tomorrow’s chefs

At Nestlé, we have long supported the hospitality sector as an important part of the food and beverage industry. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality sector, we continue to have faith in its potential to offer jobs and support economies. For several years, we have been offering training opportunities to young people to support a pipeline of talented chefs. We have continued to do this through Nestlé Professional’s Young Culinary Talents (YOCUTAs) in 13 countries across Latin America.

The YOCUTA program gives aspiring chefs the skills and resources to build a career in the hospitality industry. Students are exposed to the Nestlé Professional product portfolio, and our internal HR team offers advice and support such as CV writing and job interview tips. Students also receive training from recognized top chefs, as well as first-hand experience working in the kitchens of some of our key business partners.

In addition, we offer a free three-month online training program and an app ‒ available to anyone ‒ called Worldchefs. Worldchefs was launched in English by Nestlé Professional and the World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs) in 2018. Since then, 14 655 people have registered, and 3298 have received Pre-Commis Chef certificates. After passing the final assessment, students receive a Pre-Commis Chef certificate. In 2020, the program was expanded to offer classes in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin and Italian.

The Global Alliance for YOUth has created a unique business-driven movement that has allowed collaboration between like-minded private sector companies that are passionate about building a better future for younger generations. The Alliance is an important partner for Solutions for Youth Employment as we believe that any ‘effective solution’ to address global youth employment requires a strong engagement by the private sector.

Namita Datta Program Manager Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE), World Bank Group