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The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Types of organisation:Businesses
Author:Nestle S.A.
Country:Europe
Start Year:2013
Contact:Alfredo Silva, Vice-President and Head of Human Resources, Nestlé Zone Europe
Area of action:Supply, Quality
Description:

On 15 November 2016, Nestlé pledged to further strengthen its commitment to the employability of young people in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Focusing on creating first job experiences, Nestlé is seeking to help more young people out of school and into work. This includes apprenticeships as a key success factor to bridge the gap between school and the workplace.

Nestlé will offer 15,000 apprenticeships and traineeships as part of an overall commitment to offer 35,000 work opportunities for young people in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa by 2020. For Europe specifically, Nestlé will hire and train 28.000 youngsters by 2020.

In order to create an even bigger societal impact, Nestlé founded the “Alliance for YOUth” in 2014 with more than 200 companies participating. The Alliance also 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.

The pledge made by Nestlé is part of its Global Youth Initiative to help young people across the world to develop skills and become more employable. The company has already offered 32,000 opportunities in Europe, exceeding its initial target of 20,000 in the region.

Added value:

Our pledge will create many more opportunities for young people with various educational backgrounds, including opportunities to learn and grow. Apprenticeship & traineeship is the best way for young people to gain practical experience that will be a competitive advantage for them when they look for their first job.

We are faced with an ageing workforce in Europe and while we continue to offer roles to those with many years of experience we need to recruit and train the next generation of skilled employees to ensure the sustainability of the business.

Our commitment to engage with other stakeholders will as well support the efforts of education providers and relevant authorities in:

  1. Setting-up or benchmarking quality apprenticeship & traineeship schemes
  2. Smoothening the transition from education to employment for the youth
Partners:Stakeholders: education providers (schools and Universities), European/national/regional authorities and agencies, trade unions, business organisation and youth associations in the proximity of Nestlé facilities.

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