Initiative part of Nestlé commitment to Foster Further Opportunities of Starting and Developing Careers for the Youth in the Middle East
Eleven new graduates have joined the ranks of Nestlé Center of Excellence alumni in the region – completing the Center’s very first Nutrition Development Program in Oman.
Part of the Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative, the four year-old Nestlé Center of Excellence had previously provided career training to more than 150 young people in Saudi Arabia and Oman in the areas of a Business Executive Certificate for Women, and a Sales Training Academy. The Center’s mission is to help bridge the skills gap between academic curriculum and corporate expectations.
“It’s always with a sense of great pride and belonging to the diverse communities of the region that we celebrate fresh graduates from our Center of Excellence,” said Siwar Zein, Head of Talent and Competency Development at Nestlé Middle East. “The Middle East is full of great talent, and we at Nestlé are committed to provide career training to Foster Further Opportunities of Starting and Developing Careers for the Youth in the Middle East.”
The Center also helps support local nationalization drives, regularly boosting the number of Omani nationals at Nestlé Oman, already at more than 65% of employees in all departments and across five distribution centers in Nizwa, Salalah, Sur, Sohar and the capital Muscat.
“Taking part in this Program has been a great experience for me,” said Sukaina Al-Maimani, a 27 year-old graduate of the University of South Wales with a BSc Honours Nutrition. “It has given me an idea of what it’s like to work at a multinational company. I learned a lot and I gained valuable skills which will not only be beneficial for my professional life but also my personal life.”
“My expectations were less than what I saw,” said Rajaa’a Al-Rahbi, a 25 year-old graduate of the College of Agriculture and Marine Science at Sultan Qaboos University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetic. “I thought it will be simple and mostly theoretical workshops, but I was amazed with the variety of training topics that included basic infant nutrition, presentation skills, detailing skills, and there were field trips in which you see the reality of the job.”
“I learned to be punctual and meet deadlines,” added fellow graduate, 26 year-old Layla Al-Siyabi, who holds a Human Nutrition & Dietetic degree from the College of Agriculture and Marine Science at Sultan Qaboos University. “Most importantly, time management and organizing my timetable. Teamwork is another skill that I have improved.”
About Nestlé Middle East
Nestlé Middle East’s heritage goes back 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 11,000 people and 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, and culinary products, among others. Nestlé Nido, Nestlé NAN, S-26, Progress, Maggi, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Coffeemate, Nestlé Cerelac, Nestlé Pure Life, Nespresso and Nestlé Fitness are just some of the brands available in the Middle East.
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