Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke has announced that African youth will obtain apprenticeships at the prestigeous company to prepare them for work.
“Under our Nestlé Global Youth Initiative, we will create more than 3,000 apprenticeships opportunities in Africa by the end of 2018. We will provide readiness-for-work training for more than 300,000 young people over the same period,” he said.
With over 70 per cent of Africa’s population of 1.2 billion people being 30 years old and younger, it is vital that they have access to decent job opportunities.
Youth unemployment is a serious social and economic challenge in Africa and globally. The United Nations Sustainable Goal 8, Target 8.6 aims to “substantially reduce the proportion of young people not in employment, education or training by 2020”.
Nestlé’s training will include career advice, CV workshops and interview guidance which will be conducted at Nestle sites, career fairs and in schools and colleges across the continent.
The company will also develop initiatives to encourage youth entrepreneurship in Africa, particularly among women.
Nestlé’s “My Own Business” programme equips thousands of people in Africa and Asia with the skills and expertise they require to run successful small businesses.
The food company, which is the world’s largest, has rolled out similar initiatives in Europe and the Americas.
“Nestlé will also build and strengthen strategic partnerships with organisations supporting youth development,” the company CEO added.
Bulcke was speaking at Nestlé’s “Creating Shared Value Forum” in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire where business, civil society and government leaders from Africa discussed investments in sustainable development on the continent.