Project Opportunity, launched in 2015, is a career-acceleration program to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their skills in food and beverage manufacturing.
By 2017, Nestlé in the U.S. pledges to hire 1000 paid interns and trainees, and significantly expand the number of apprentice positions offered across all United States operations.
“We’re committed to providing job and training opportunities for people of all ages through a range of initiatives. Starting with apprenticeships, our goal is to bridge the worlds of education and work and set the foundation for a successful career with Nestlé and beyond.” Paul Grimwood, Chairman and CEO Nestlé USA
"Apprenticeships are a win-win for workers and employers alike and a great way to help young people punch their ticket to the middle class," said former U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "Companies like Nestlé that invest in apprenticeships are not only expanding opportunities for their workers, they are helping to develop a workforce able to compete in the 21st century global economy."
While popular in Europe, companies with a U.S. presence have traditionally offered a relatively low number of apprenticeship programs, leaving a critical skills gap in key industries such as manufacturing. Beyond manufacturing, employers are increasingly finding that applicants lack the necessary skills for the positions they need to fill. This “skills gap” is only expected to grow over time if left unaddressed.
Below we will publish all the latest stories from Project Opportunity, including testimonies from employees who have been directly or indirectly effected by the program and by the rich variety of employment opportunities at Nestlé in the United States. Stay tuned!
Stories of Opportunity: