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Friday, November 15, 2013

GMB Welcome Nestlé Plan To Create 1,900 Employment Opportunities For Young People In UK And Ireland

Let’s hope other companies take this positive initiative on board and look after the future of our young people which will benefit our society says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff at Nestle, commented on the announcement that Nestlé UK and Ireland will create 1,900 employment opportunities for young people over the next three years. See notes to editors for press release by Nestle.

Steve Huckerby, GMB Regional Organiser for members at Nestle at York, said "GMB representatives at the European level have been working with Nestle to put forward this program of Nestle European Youth Employment initiative.

Young people in the UK have had a raw deal because of the government’s austerity measures with reduced employment opportunities and 1 million young people unemployed. This announcement by Nestle gives hope to young people for employment.

GMB members employed in Nestle see this as a positive move by Nestle, who understands that if they want to have a skilled and efficient workforce for the future they must invest in young people and give them opportunities. Let’s hope other companies take this positive initiative on board and look after the future of our young people which will benefit our society.

The GMB young members conference is taking place in London this weekend. It will look to how to encourage other companies to positively address the bum deal affluent Britain and Ireland has offered this generation of young workers."


Contact: Steve Huckerby on 07958 156840 or 0845 337 7777 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

Notes to editors

Copy of the Nestle press release of 15th November 2013.


Nestlé UK and Ireland today announced it will create 1,900 employment opportunities for young people over the next three years, including 300 paid work experience placements.

More than 600 employment opportunities will be available each year, including roles across all areas of the business and at all levels – from operators on the factory floor to field sales assistants and business management.

The programme is part of Nestlé’s European Youth Employment Initiative which will help 20,000 people across Europe under the age of 30 find employment; offering 10,000 jobs and creating 10,000 apprentice positions and traineeships by 2016.

Nearly one million young people (16-24) are unemployed in the UK, while youth unemployment in Ireland is nearly 30 per cent.

The announcement comes as a new Populus study out today highlights that current work experience programmes are resulting in young people being unable to develop the necessary skills for the workplace.

The study, commissioned by Nestlé, highlighted that nine out of 10 businesses felt young people left school ill-equipped to start work. In addition, despite 62 per cent of business leaders believing that only work experience could give young people the skills they needed to gain employment, only a third (30 per cent) felt that they got any value out of offering it.

The majority of teachers (79 per cent) and students (62 per cent) agreed that work experience was important to prepare young people for employment, but the survey showed that the quality of work experience offered was often not up to par, with only a third of young people (35 per cent) given any training while on the job and only 56 per cent having the opportunity to shadow an employee and learn about the business they were working in.

Nestlé UK & Ireland CEO Fiona Kendrick said: “With youth unemployment steadily rising we all need to play our part in creating opportunities for the next generation. Attracting new talent and investing in future skills is key to the continued success of our business, which is why we are offering school leavers, university students and graduates the chance to gain experience throughout our business.”

“Sadly young people in the UK and Ireland are stuck in a catch-22 situation. They can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job. Companies need to help young people escape from this trap. As employers we value young people with experience, so we have to provide young people with enough opportunities to gain it.”

Ms Kendrick, who was appointed a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills in 2013 added: “Industry must step up and help young people bridge the gap between education and employment. We cannot leave this problem to the Government and schools. We need to work together to help young people – and to develop the next generation of skilled employees for the future.”

Working with suppliers PMP recruitment and McCurrach Nestlé will offer paid work experience within its factories, offices and sales teams to young people in local communities close to Nestlé sites. Nestlé is also partnering with social enterprise group MyKindaCrowd to offer skills and employability training to over 12,000 school and college students.

Will Ackerman, managing director of MyKindaCrowd, said: “The key to creating our future workforce lies in giving young people the opportunity to learn practical skills and experience that are relevant for business. Nestle’s initiative is leading the way in bringing together businesses and education establishments to provide opportunities for all young people.”

Today’s announcement builds on the work of the Nestlé Academy launched in 2011, which tackles the industry skills issue at all levels offering internships, graduates, apprentices and placements. In September 2013 Nestlé opened its Fast Start Programme opening up opportunities for A Level students who may not have seen a degree as an option for them. Participants gain experience by completing six month placements in Nestlé commercial functions while at the same time studying towards a degree in Professional Business Practice at Sheffield Hallam University.

Today’s announcement is part of Nestlé’s European Youth Employment initiative that was launched in Athens this morning, in the presence of Laurent Freixe, Head of Zone Europe at Nestlé SA, the EU commissioner for Education Androulla Vassiliou and the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. It is a European-wide initiative, by Nestlé - the first of its kind - to help young people across Europe, where youth employment is at crisis levels, get skilled and get hired.

Anyone interested in applying can email or to find out more visit our website at


Notes to editors

· To watch the live webcast of the European announcement live from Athens at 8.30am (GMT) please follow this link:

· Nestlé UK and Ireland will create 1,900 employment opportunities over the next three years including 300 paid work experience placements. More than 600 opportunities will be available each year for young people under the age of 30.

· In addition, Nestlé is partnering with MyKindaCrowd, to offer skills and employability training and work experience to young people in local communities close to Nestlé sites, with a special emphasis on social mobility.

· The MyKindaCrowd partnership with Nestlé will reach over 12,000 young people in the UK through online challenges, and 4,000 young people through employability skills workshops in 40 schools and colleges close to Nestlé’s UK sites. The partnership will specifically target local communities close to Nestlé sites.

· Employment opportunities offered at Nestlé will be across all the different business areas in the UK and Ireland and at all levels within the company.

· This initiative builds on the work of the Nestlé Academy launched in 2011 which tackles the industry skills issue at all levels – interns, apprentices, graduates and placements. Every year we offer over 100 opportunities to young people to join our business.

· Populus interviewed 501 GB young people aged 14 to 19 online between 16 and 22 October 2013; 250 GB business leaders online between 17 and 22 October 2013; and 250 education professionals online between 16 and 28 October 2013. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. For more information see

About McCurrach

McCurrach are a leading field sales provider who employ over 1000 people in UK and Ireland working in the Grocery, Technology and Financial Services markets. Sales recruitment, training and development are core functions in the McCurrach business and their training programmes are accredited by the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.

About MyKindaCrowd

MyKindaCrowd was established in 2011 to transform the way young people connect with the world of work. The social enterprise company works with 2,500 schools and over 90% of universities in the UK, offering challenges for young people that connect them with exciting brands and initiatives.

MyKindaCrowd sets up and runs challenges for entrepreneurs, government organisations, charities and some of the UK’s leading brands, including CapGemini, Cisco, Currys PC World and Tesco. For more information and to view the current challenges on offer, visit:

For further information please call the Nestlé UK Press Office on 0208 667 6005 or email

James Maxton , Corporate Communications Nestlé UK & Ireland Direct Line: 01904 602 655 Mobile 07901 008 813  Nestlé UK Press Office 020 8667 6005


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