Eleven new graduates, including six women, have raised to 182 the total number of graduates in Saudi Arabia of the Nestlé Center of Excellence, which was founded in the Kingdom in 2012 to help bridge the skills gap between academic curriculum and corporate expectations.
The fresh graduates underwent two months of fulltime sales training program which included a combination of field experience and “classroom” sessions gained while shadowing Nestlé professionals. The program focused on sales, driving shopper understanding, e-commerce and category-focused activities. The curriculum also included support function overviews such as Supply Chain and Finance as well as the full Value Chain to provide a comprehensive understanding of the full sales cycle.
“Saudi Arabia is where our regional Center of Excellence was born nine years ago, and we’re very happy to be playing a role in helping young Saudi Arabians become future leaders in the corporate world,” said Hossam Abdelrahim, General Manager, Nestlé Saudi Arabia. “Investing in youth is essential for thriving, resilient communities, and it helps build our business too. Young people help drive change at Nestlé – they keep our company dynamic and competitive.”
Part of the Nestlé needs YOUth initiative, which helps equip young people with the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s workplaces, the Nestlé Center of Excellence offers training programs in the Middle East and North Africa in Nutrition, Business, and Sales. It has so far trained nearly 250 people and hired 68, including 54 in Saudi Arabia.
Nestlé is committed to supporting the career development of youth in the region, offering various opportunities for learning as well as creating at least 1,000 new jobs for people under 30 years old by 2025.
About Nestlé 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 Enhancing Quality of Life and Contributing to a Healthier Future. 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.
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