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Nestle Jamaica continues to tackle youth unemployment

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Antoinette Peart (right) engages a group of students in the Dress for Success booth, where she shared tips with them on the do’s and the don’ts of the corporate image.
Debra Hinds, sales administrative assistant at Nestlé Jamaica, walks a student through the self-assessment app before starting her career journey at Friday’s ‘Nestlé Needs YOUth’ initiative at UTech.
Students completing their registration forms at last week’s ‘Nestlé Needs YOUth’ global initiative.
Ockino Petrie, Nestlé Jamaica consumer marketing manager – beverages, during the live interview process with a student to fill several of the vacancies being offered by the company at the second staging of ‘Nestlé Needs YOUth’.

Hundreds of students from university campuses across the Corporate Area flocked to the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica last Friday for the second staging of 'Nestle Needs YOUth', aimed at facilitating youth development in the island.

Nestle Needs YOUth is a three-year programme which lends support to young people in their transition from university to employment. Through this programme, Nestle has been aiming to contribute to the reduction in the youth skills and employability gap, in addition to reinforcing young people's social integration into the workforce.

"Nestle recognises the importance of investing in Jamaica's youth and for this reason, we will continue this tradition for years to come, supporting Jamaicans in their efforts to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work and raise families while achieving their own mark in the workplace," said David Heath, Nestle Jamaica human resources business partner.


Growing issue


Country Manager for Nestle Jamaica Daniel Caron echoed the sentiments of Heath in his address, stating: "There is a growing issue of companies not being able to secure good talent because, at the recruitment stage, the employability skills are not at expected levels. Poorly written resumes, poor interviews and insufficient communications skills contribute to a delay in the time it takes to hire."

He added: "These are some of the factors that Nestle wants to influence in order to reduce the levels of youth unemployment in Jamaica."

The well-attended event took the form of a career journey, where students were engaged in activities related to preparing for the world of work. Students were given the opportunity to participate in live on-the-spot interviews for the chance to intern, complete summer jobs and participate in monthly career coaching workshops with Nestle and other corporate partners as early as June.