Our commitment: Roll out Project Opportunity across all operations
By 2017 – Establish Nestlé as an Employer of Choice for veterans.
By 2017 – Increase the number of existing apprenticeships to 136 across 31 factories.
By 2017 – Hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees in manufacturing, supply chain, sales, finance, marketing, audit, IT and human resources.
By 2017 – Enhance “readiness for work” activities (e.g., participation in job fairs, information sessions, résumé workshops, etc.) to reach 300,000 people annually and continue our efforts to hire military veterans across all of our U.S. operations.
In 2014, Nestlé in the U.S. began developing the process and strategy for launch of Project Opportunity, a new career acceleration initiative to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their professional development skills in food and beverage manufacturing.
Attracting and retaining the best talent is critical for gaining competitive advantage. As we grow, we also have an opportunity to support both the economy and the next wave of employees with training opportunities and jobs. As part of Project Opportunity, we have undertaken an effort to expand our apprenticeship program to 31 Nestlé factories in the United States, hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees by 2017, and reach 300,000 people with “readiness for work” activities annually, such as job fairs, information sessions, and résumé workshops.
Project Opportunity will expand the number of Nestlé apprenticeships from 20 to 136 across our operations in the United States by 2017, offering an up to three-year program that combines on-the- job and coursework-based training to develop critical manufacturing job skills. These apprenticeships will be hosted by Nestlé USA, Nestlé Waters North America and Nestlé Purina PetCare factories.
By the end of 2015, we had hired 632 individuals and reached more than 37,000 people. We developed new internships and trainee programs and demonstrated a significant increase in new apprenticeships across all Nestlé operating companies in the United States. In 2015 we launched an initiative addressing military veteran employment, with a 2017 goal of establishing Nestlé as an Employer of Choice among veterans.