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Nestlé Celebrates International Youth Day

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Dubai, UAE

Nestlé Middle East is commemorating International Youth Day with an update on various Nestlé Needs YOUth initiatives, impacting more than 5,000 young people across the region in 2016. Through this, the Company continues to meet its commitment to Foster Career Opportunities for Youth in the Middle East, where over one third of its employees are under 30 years old.

“We are proud to report that we hired 430 youth across the region in 2016 alone, bringing the total number to over 2,000 since 2010,” said Karine Antoniades, Creating Shared Value Manager at Nestlé Middle East. “In addition, our actions go beyond offering jobs to strengthening and developing skills and employability, which we do through several initiatives including readiness for work events, internships, career advising, the Graduate Development Program, and the Nestlé Center of Excellence.”

“We also aim to amplify our impact through collaborations, which is why we launched the Alliance for Youth in May 2016 to bring together entities that share our objective of tackling the region’s 27% unemployment rate,” added Antoniades. “Together with our nine Alliance partners, we are well on our way to collectively hiring 3,000 young people and impacting 50,000 across the region by 2020.”

“All 4 Youth” also includes Bosch, Emaar, UAE’s General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Engie, LinkedIn, L'Oréal, Mohebi, Neilson and Publicis Middle East.

Launched by the United Nations in 1999, International Youth Day is observed annually on August 12. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide, involving concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings.

For more information, please contact:

Lynn Al Khatib, Media Relations Manager
Nestlé Middle East
[email protected]

More on Career training at Nestlé Middle East:

The Nestlé Center of Excellence, a Nestlé training academy founded in 2012, has already trained 145 graduates from Saudi Arabia and Oman in the following programs: Business Executive Certificate for Women, Nutrition Development Program, and Sales Training Academy.

The Graduate Development Program is a three-year rotational development program that aims to recruit distinguished graduates from leading universities in the region. They are developed through comprehensive, multi-dimension on-the-job training, equipping them with functional and behavioral skills to prosper in their careers. The Program covers Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Finance and Control, Supply Chain, and Technical. It has hired more than 50 graduates since 2009.

Career advising: Working with universities across the region to offer expert advice to students in the areas of readiness for work, employability, business and corporate environment, and leadership.

About Nestlé Middle East

Nestlé Middle East’s heritage goes back over 80 years to 1934 when the first import operation was set up in Lebanon. Today, Nestlé Middle East owns and operates 18 factories and provides direct employment to more than 13,000 employees who are all committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. It also provides indirect employment to several thousand more.

The Nestlé portfolio in the region currently exceeds 60 innovative product brands in a wide range of categories: dairy products and infant nutrition, bottled water, chocolate and confectionery, coffee creamers, breakfast cereals, culinary products, health science, skin health, and Pet Care, among others. Nestlé Nido, Nestlé NAN, S-26, Progress, Maggi, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Coffeemate, Nestlé Cerelac, Nestlé Fitness, Nestlé Pure Life, Nespresso, Optifast and Cetaphil are just some of the brands available in the Middle East.

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Youth who wish to apply for jobs: or LinkedIn page – Nestlé Middle East Companies which wish to join the Alliance for Youth, please contact us at: [email protected]