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Nestlé Jamaica continues to tackle youth unemployment

Jamaica Gleaner / 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 ‘NestlÈ 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, NestlÈ 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.

“NestlÈ 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, NestlÈ Jamaica human resources business partner.

growing issue Country Manager for NestlÈ 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 rÈsumÈs, 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 NestlÈ 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 NestlÈ and other corporate partners as early as June.

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