Why it matters
Around the world, more than 170 million people are unemployed (International Labour Organization), of whom more than one-third are aged between 15 and 24. This is a significant contributor to global poverty. We believe that the private sector has an important role to play to equip young people for their future. Nestlé, as a major employer, can make a positive difference, providing employment, training and skills development opportunities. Through apprenticeships, training programs and other initiatives, we equip young people with essential skills for the workplace.
Leading the Global Apprentice Network
Laurent Freixe, CEO of Nestlé’s Zone Americas, has been appointed Chairman of the Global Apprentice Network (GAN), after election by GAN members at the International Labour Conference. Laurent will help lead the organization’s strategic direction for the next two years. GAN, which operates across 16 countries around the globe, aims to encourage businesses to equip people with workplace skills through inclusive, diverse and accessible work-based learning.
Developing culinary talent across the globe
Nestlé’s Young Culinary Talents (YOCUTA) program aims to develop talented young chefs aged 16–30 worldwide by strengthening their theoretical and practical skills and preparing them for a professional career. The program also supports the food service industry by tackling the worldwide shortage of skilled culinary workers.
YOCUTA has already helped more than 2 000 students in Latin America since launching there in 2015. Its global rollout will see this number increase significantly in the coming years. Run in partnership with culinary schools and both food service and industry partners, YOCUTA operates at no charge to students.
Bringing youth and business together in Mexico
The fourth Pacific Alliance Youth Summit was held in Mexico City in 2019. Young people from across the Pacific Alliance attended, along with representatives from the governments of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Switzerland, the International Labour Organization, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and Iberoamerican Youth Organization, as well as companies from the private sector. The summit focused on the future of work, the skills needed in the future, and the importance of agriculture as a catalyst for economic and social development in the participating countries.
Since its launch in the Pacific Alliance countries in 2017, the Alliance for YOUth has offered more than 25 000 professional development opportunities to young people. In 2019, the 78 participating companies reaffirmed their commitment to offer 35 000 job and training opportunities by 2020.
Other events Nestlé supported or participated in during 2019 included:
- Employability workshop in Peru.
- Social investor accelerator program.
- Alliance for Youth event, France.
- World Youth Skills Day.
- ILO Global Youth Employment Forum.
- European Vocational Week.
- Launch of the Regional Alliance in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Il Mercosur Youth Summit, Brazil.
Strengthening farming through agripreneurship
Through our agripreneurship program, we aim to develop talented young people who have dynamic, progressive mindsets to become the successful, progressive farmers of tomorrow. By developing their skills, we are able to help make farming a more dynamic, attractive and viable career option. In 2019, we engaged around 19 500 people in agripreneurship activities and training.
Supporting young Mexican farmers
In 2013, Ayrton Caballero Cortés, a 23-year-old coffee farmer and accounting graduate, became the third generation of his family to attend the Nescafé School in his native Mexico. Together, the lessons learned from the Nescafé School have helped Ayrton and his family become role models for best agricultural practice in their communities. Since then, Ayrton has attended a further seminar focusing on supporting young people to continue their studies to help them better support their family business. As a result, he now aims to study for a second career as an agronomist, specializing in coffee growing. He now has plans to expand the family company to other areas, bringing new farming practices and sharing knowledge in other regions.
Inspiring the next generation in Indonesia
Before joining the Nestlé agripreneurship program, Panji Arianto had little knowledge of coffee farming. However, after graduating from senior high school in 2015, he signed up to the program to gain the knowledge he needed.
Since then, Panji has developed new skills and technical knowledge, enabling him to increase his annual yield of green coffee beans from his one-hectare farm in Rendingan Village, Air Lingkar in Indonesia from 700 kg to 1.2 tonnes. As an agripreneur, he has also been able to pass on his newly acquired knowledge to others, becoming a respected farmer in the local community.
European Entrepreneurship Education Summit
Along with key national and EU decision makers and the top student-led companies from 40 European countries, Nestlé participated in the two-day European Entrepreneurship Education Summit 2019 in Lille, France. More than 200 young people attended, while over 1500 participated in the Student Company of the Year competition held at the summit.
For those unable to attend, social media proved a strong engagement platform, with 125 000 Facebook impressions, 140 000 on Instagram and 67 000 through Twitter. Among the highlights of the event was the launch of the Entrepreneurship Education Monitor, which aims to demonstrate the benefits of entrepreneurship education.