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Nestlé Jamaica takes on youth unemployment

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hundreds of students from university campuses across the Corporate Area flocked Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology, Jamaica’s Papine campus for the second staging of the Nestlé Needs YOUth event aimed at facilitating youth development in Jamaica.

A three-year programme, Nestlé Needs YOUth lends support to young people in their transition from university to the workforce. Through this programme, Nestlé aims to contribute to the reduction in the youth skills and employability gap, in addition to reinforcing young people’s social integration into the workforce.

Country manager for Nestlé Jamaica Daniel Caron, addressing the gathering, said: “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 résumés, poor interviews and insufficient communications skills contribute to a delay in the time it takes to hire.

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 earn internships, summer jobs and participate in monthly career coaching workshops with Nestlé and other corporate partners in as early as June.

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According to David Heath, Nestlé Jamaica human resources business partner, “The objective of this job fair is not only to support Jamaica’s youth in identifying the opportunities or pathways to achieve their career goals, but to also equip them with the necessary skills to perform with distinction in their chosen paths.”

Keynote speaker at the event was Member of Parliament for St Ann South Eastern Lisa Hanna encouraged the attendees to seize the opportunity presented by Nestlé and work towards being the leaders of tomorrow.

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