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Nestlé and L'Oréal Partner to Upskill Youth in MENA

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Alliance for YOUth members Nestlé and L'Oréal have launched Next Level, or “NxL,” a one-of-a-kind training program aiming to help more than 1,000 university students and fresh graduates per edition in the Middle East and North Africa to enhance their professional skills and employability.

Registration is open on for the program’s five key learning modules that focus on digitalization, innovation & entrepreneurship, financial analytics, personal branding, and Creating Shared Value.

“We are happy to be coming together with L’Oréal to offer practical career experiences to young people in the region, as part of our Nestlé needs YOUth initiative which helps us meet our commitment to Foster Career Opportunities by enhancing skills, and promoting employability and career progression for Youth in the MENA region,” said David Moloto, Nestlé Human Resources Director in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Youth has always been at the center of L’Oréal’s ecosystem. We have been acting in their favor for decades through L’Oréal For Youth program as part of ‘L’Oréal For the Future’ commitments by providing various learning and career opportunities globally. Today along with Nestlé, we reinforce our commitment to support youth in our region to shape their future and help them start their professional journey,” said Jean-Dominique De Ravignan, L'Oréal Middle East Human Resources Director.

Select participants from over 50 universities in the region will also be invited as part of the program to L’Oréal and Nestlé offices for further support and guidance.

The partnership comes at a time when youth unemployment rates in the Middle East and North Africa, already amongst the world’s highest at around 29 percent according to the World Economic Forum, have been further exacerbated by the COVID-19[1] pandemic, with 87% of the region’s young people expressing concern about employment.

Young people interested in exploring opportunities offered by Nestlé and L'Oréal can find more information on the Nestlé MENA career page or visit L’Oréal Middle East’s careers website.

Registration is open until June 7th

For more information, please contact:

Layal Dalal, Nestlé Media Relations Manager, Middle East and North Africa
Email: [email protected]

Tamara Salman, L’Oréal Middle East Corporate Communications Manager
Email: [email protected]

About the Alliance for YOUth

Following the success of the Alliance in Europe, Nestlé launched an Alliance for Youth in the Middle East and North Africa in 2017 to bring together companies engaged in helping young people enhance their skills and develop careers in the region where youth unemployment rates reach 29%.

The Alliance so far includes more than 40 partners across the region, with members encouraged to work towards:

  • The supply of quality internship and traineeship positions, as well as programs facilitating labor mobility
  • The participation of member companies and the Alliance in readiness for work programs (career consultation, CV clinics, mock interviews, etc.) in close coordination with educational institutions and youth organizations
  • The sharing of knowledge and experiences with education providers, authorities at all levels, business organizations, and youth associations

About Nestlé in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Nestlé’s heritage in the Middle East and North Africa goes back over 100 years with the sale of the first Infant Cereals in Egypt. Today, Nestlé operates 25 Food & Beverage factories across the 19 countries of the MENA region; and provides direct employment to more than 15,000 people who are all committed to Nestlé’s purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. Nestlé MENA also provides indirect employment across the region to several thousand more.

The Nestlé portfolio in the region currently exceeds 60 innovative product brands in a wide range of categories: Dairy, Infant Nutrition, Coffee and Creamers, Confectionery, Bottled Water, Breakfast Cereals, Culinary products, Health Science, and Pet Care, among others. Nestlé NIDO, Nestlé CERELAC, Nestlé NAN, S-26, PROGRESS, NESCAFÉ, NESPRESSO, Bonjorno Café, Coffee-mate, KitKat, MAGGI, Nestlé FITNESS, Nestlé Grain d’Or, Nestlé Pure Life, OPTIFAST, and PURINA Friskies are just some of the brands available in the Middle East and North Africa.

To know more, you can visit the following pages: 


About L’Oréal Middle East

L’Oréal is the world’s leading beauty company with an established presence in the Gulf region since the 1960s. The company formally set up operations in the region in 1998 as L’Oréal Middle East, and today has three entities across the GCC region, employing over 500 employees, with a diversified mix of 53 nationalities. L’Oréal Middle East created its subsidiaries L’Oréal KSA in 2012 and L’Oréal UAE in 2015 to serve its key markets. Headquartered in Dubai, L’Oréal Middle East offers an inclusive portfolio 26 beauty brands across four divisions – Consumer, Professional, Luxury and Active cosmetics.

In 2021, L’Oréal was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the 12th time in a row. It has also been recognized as a global environmental leader with triple ‘A’ score by the CDP, for the fifth year in a row. In the same year, UNIVERSUM ranked The Group in the top 10 most attractive employers worldwide, and number one in the UAE while ranked it second in KSA in the FMCG category.

[1] According to the findings of the 12th Annual ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey 2020: