Disabled among Nestlé Jamaica's 2018 summer internship cohort

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Nestlé Jamaica opened its new head office in Ferry Pen, St Andrew (off the Mandela Highway), to 25 young people for summer employment last Monday.

Among them are people with disabilities who will also be engaged in three weeks of personal and professional development training and six months of supported work experience.

The intake is part of the company's Nestlé Needs youth programme, which is designed to reduce youth unemployment. The company said some 1,247 youths have participated in training programmes, 39 have completed internships and summer work, and 33 have been hired into permanent positions within the company since the programme began in 2016.

According to correspondence shared by the National Youth Service (NYS), with which Nestlé partnered this year, young people with disabilities often face barriers to employment.

“However, through profiling their skills, developing their potential and supporting them with a job coach, they transition and participate more successfully into the work environment,” the NYS said.

According to David Heath, HR business partner at Nestlé Jamaica Limited, “We have been gaining such immense traction with the Nestlé Needs Youth programme and getting great feedback from some of our partners, so we wanted to provide some of these professionals with the experience that could possibly add value to our operations, showcasing Nestlé as an inclusive and diverse workplace.

“The timing is actually very perfect as we are now fully settled in our new offices which is totally wheelchair accessible,” he continued.

Nestlé said that during the course of the summer programme, the young people will cover such workshop topics as résumé writing, 'Soft Skills 101', interviewing techniques, dressing for success, communication, and organisational development.

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