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Nestlé Center of Excellence for Omani Youth with Promising Careers

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Initiative part of local Nestlé in Society report commitment to Foster Further Opportunities of Starting and Developing Careers for the Youth in the Middle East


A total of 111 students from Saudi Arabia and Oman have so far graduated from the three-year old Nestlé Center of Excellence, with twenty-three alumni from Oman joining the ranks after completing their Sales Academy training.

Founded in 2012 in Saudi Arabia with a mission to help bridge the skills gap between academic curriculum and corporate expectations, the Nestlé Center of Excellence spread to Oman in 2014 where it collaborates with Sultan Qabus University from which 90% of trainees are derived.

“Nestlé believes in Creating Shared Value, which means that for a company to be successful, it should not only create value for shareholders but also for society at large,” said Yves Manghardt, Nestlé Middle East Chairman and CEO. “Our Center of Excellence helps meet one of the commitments recently published in our local Nestlé to Society report: to Foster Further Opportunities of Starting and Developing Careers for the Youth in the Middle East. We aim to further expand the Nestlé Center of Excellence to increase both graduate numbers and percentage hired at Nestlé.”

“Nationalization represents an integral element of our strategy and we are committed to recruiting and hiring local talent,” added Alireza Sarabchi, General Business Manager of Nestlé in Oman. “At Nestlé Oman, 65% of employees in all of our departments and across our five distribution centers in Nizwa, Salalah, Sur, Sohar and the capital Muscat, are Omani nationals. The Nestlé Center of Excellence reflects positively on both society and our own operations which benefit from a vaster pool of qualified potential recruits.”

The Nestlé Center of Excellence offers Business Executive Certificates for Women, a Nutrition Development Program for Women, and a Sales Training Academy. It helps Nestlé recruit relevant candidates and supports them to move towards fruitful and successful careers. Since its inception, 40% of graduates were offered employment at Nestlé in newly created positions.

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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