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Nestlé to help more than 300,000 young people to prepare for employment in Mexico by 2017

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Mexico City,
Feb 27, 2015


  • Nestlé’s Iniciativa por los Jóvenes (Nestlé Needs YOUth) was launched in Mexico City in an event attended by the Minister for the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo.
  • The objective of this initiative is to offer professional guidance to more than 300,000 students from public middle schools and technical colleges.
  • 700 new direct jobs will be created, 70% of which will be offered to young people between 18 and 29 years of age
  • It will also generate 500 new posts for interns.
  • It will forge partnerships with clients and suppliers in order to increase the impact of the program.
  • Mexico will be the first country outside of Europe to launch the Nestlé Global Youth Initiative, helping young people in their transition from education to work.

Nestlé Mexico will help more than 300,000 young people studying at public middle schools and technical colleges to be better prepared to join the labor market.

In order to achieve this, the company has launched “Nestlé Iniciativa por los Jóvenes (Nestlé Needs YOUth)”, a global initiative that aims to recruit and develop the next generation of Nestlé talents and to better prepare young people in their transition from education to work through apprenticeships/traineeships and readiness-for-work programs.

The objective is to enhance the ‘employability’ of young people between 18 and 29 years of age, helping them be better prepared to enter the professional world by providing career guidance and professional mentoring, ultimately creating formal employment opportunities for them.

“At Nestlé, we have the long-standing tradition of recruiting young people from schools located throughout the country. Given the current situation, we feel that we need to do more in order to attract the talent that our organization needs, eradicate drop-out rates, and help young people to successfully join the labor market,” commented Marcelo Melchior, CEO of Nestlé Mexico.

“Iniciativa por los Jóvenes (Nestlé Needs YOUth)” will allow us to have a positive impact on more than 300,000 young people in Mexico. During the first stage, our employees will volunteer to offer career guidance and job training workshops. During the second stage, we will invite our clients and suppliers to join forces in order to reach the goal we have proposed,” added Melchior.

Nestlé highlighted its commitment to support the development of young people in partnership with the Ministry of Education through the National College of Professional Technical Education (CONALEP), the International Labor Organization, the Ministry of Economy through the National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM), and the Ministry of Labor, with the Ministry of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, as a guest of honor.

“Iniciativa por los Jóvenes (Nestlé Needs YOUth)” will be implemented over the next three years through four major courses of action: 1. Oriéntate (Get Support): Offering professional guidance to more than 300,000 students from public middle schools and technical colleges through two workshops: “Career Guidance” and “Preparing for the Labor Market”.

2. Empléate (Get Hired): Generating 700 new direct and 3,500 indirect jobs, 70% of which are offered to young people aged between 18 and 29.

3. Entrénate (Get Skilled): Creating 500 new posts for interns in order to bring the best talent to Nestlé. For those not hired by the company, we aim to provide them with the right tools to find employment.

4. Más oportunidades (Get More Opportunities): Establishing partnerships with customers and suppliers in order to increase the impact of the program, in addition to driving entrepreneurial projects.

About “Nestlé Needs YOUth”

“Nestlé Needs YOUth” is a global initiative that aims to recruit and develop the next generation of Nestlé talent and to better prepare young people in their transition from education to work through apprenticeships/traineeships and readiness for work programs.

In parallel, Nestlé actively contributes to tackle the global unemployment crisis by helping young people to develop skills and increase their opportunities of finding a job.

Given the success this program has had in Europe since its launch in November 2013, Mexico will be the first country outside that region where the initiative will be launched. To date, close to 12,000 opportunities have been created for young people, 8,000 of which are jobs and more 4,000 of which are traineeships and apprenticeship positions, all part of the commitment to create 20,000 positions. In addition, more than 1,600 readiness-for-work events were held in 2014, mobilizing around 5,600 Nestlé employees.

“Society as a whole is facing a number of major challenges, and Nestlé is playing an important role in finding solutions to these problems. There are currently around 73 million unemployed young people in the world, not to mention the more than 200 million who are underemployed. This is why, here at Nestlé, we want to help provide them with the tools they need to successfully join the labor market,” commented Laurent Freixe, Executive Vice President for the Americas at Nestlé S.A.

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