Nestlé has pledged to create 20,000 positions for young people across Europe over the next three years.
The Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative will offer jobs to 10,000 people under the age of 30 and create 10,000 apprentice positions and traineeships by 2016.
“Today, one in four young people in Europe does not have a job,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé Executive Vice-President and Zone Director for Europe
Nestlé will hire 3,000 young people in France, 2,420 in Germany, 1,250 in Spain and 1,080 in Italy over the three-year period, including both direct recruitment and apprenticeship/traineeships positions.
In order to facilitate the transition between school and employment, the initiative will also include a Readiness for Work programme, with career counselling, CV workshops and interview training at schools, colleges and at Nestlé sites.
Nestlé will also encourage its over 63,000 European suppliers to take part in the Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative by offering a job, apprenticeship or traineeship to young people, a programme that will be called Alliance for Youth.
“Nestlé is globally successful also because we are successful in Europe,” explained Mr Freixe. “This initiative aims to harness the dynamism of its youth so that they can look, with confidence, to a brighter future.”