At Nestlé, we believe that communities cannot thrive if they cannot offer opportunities for career development. As a global company, we are determined to help people develop their skills and gain experience so they can find jobs or create their own businesses.
We want to help equip Americans for employment, to become creative front runners in our company, successful entrepreneurs, and game changers regardless of their field or level of expertise. It will help build thriving, resilient communities and supports the UN sustainable development goals.
This is why we are investing in Project Opportunity, a career acceleration initiative to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their professional development skills in food and beverage manufacturing. Part of Project Opportunity contributes to the Nestlé Global Youth Initiative to help people develop skills and become more employable.
Nestlé has pledged to use Project Opportunity efforts to expand its 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. Additionally, the initiative includes two national partnerships focused on veteran hiring and career readiness with Hiring Our Heroes and The Mission Continues.
“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!