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Nestlé’s youth employment program making good progress

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The first year of the food giant’s youth employment initiative saw more than 600 new hires

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The Nestlé Youth Initiative, launched in the fall of 2015, aims to help young Canadians develop their professional skills, increase their employability and expand their network. By providing new internships, formalized training programs and “readiness for work activities,” Nestlé Canada is striving to help young adults prepare for the future.

After the program’s first full year, Nestlé Canada has assessed the progress it has made towards its Youth Initiative commitments. As described in a Nestlé media release, here is how the program is faring so far:

-Nestlé committed to increasing its internship opportunities by 25 per cent, which meant adding a total of 366 interns and trainees (under 30) by 2018. Currently, 157 internships have been completed or are currently underway in an extensive range of departments including finance to nutrition, marketing to sales, and supply chain to manufacturing.

-Nestlé committed to increasing new graduate hires by five per cent (1,384 employees) by 2018 through formalized graduate programs and entry-level positions; and to date, 634 youth have been hired.


-Nestlé committed to provide career counselling at universities and colleges for more than 5,000 youth by 2018 through networking events, information sessions and recruitment workshops – 2,603 youth have attended to date.

The company is also currently connecting with its business partners to build alliances and develop a number of joint initiatives to offer youth more meaningful work experiences, internships and training opportunities.

“We are very pleased by the success of Nestlé’s Youth Initiative program’s first year and have already seen the number of applicants to our summer and internship opportunities double,” says Alastair Macdonald, senior vice-president, Human Resources, Nestlé Canada Inc. “We firmly believe in and support our youth, and value their contributions to our Canadian business marketplace, as creating value within our communities has always been a priority for Nestlé.”

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