- Global beneficiaries to hit 10 million by 2030
By Franklin Ocheneyi
“In 2017 alone, over 500 Nigerian Youths benefited from Nestlé Needs YOUth Initiatives including career fairs, employability and technical skills development programs, internship as well as graduate and management trainee opportunities.”
Rémy Ejel, Market Head of Nestlé Central and West Africa (CWA) said, yesterday in Lagos, at a ceremony to mark this year’s Youth Day with theme, “Safe spaces for youth”
Ejel, said: “In 2017, Nestlé expanded its YOUth initiative to encompass its entire value chain – from operations and supply, to agriculture and innovation. Over the last decade the company has helped prepare hundreds of thousands of young people for work and is determined to do more by focusing on three key areas: Employment and employability, Agripreneurship and Entrepreneurship.
“The company has set an ambition to help 10 million young people around the world have access to economic opportunities by 2030.”
Rémy Ejel pointed out that by providing opportunities, developing and harnessing talents of young people, Nestlé can successfully contribute to building sustainable communities and spurring economic growth. “This is one of the concrete ways Nestlé creates shared value for the company and for society”. In Nigeria, Nestlé focuses on working with government, stakeholders and partners to help youth develop employability, entrepreneurship and agripreneurship skills,” said Ejel.
“Evans Obayayi, one of the speakers at the Youth Day celebration, is a beneficiary of one of such opportunities. He joined Nestlé as a graduate trainee in 2013 and in four years, has experienced upward career progression. After his one-year traineeship, Evans became an Import Specialist in 2014 before the role of Import Coordinator in 2015.
In 2017, he was promoted to head the Imports and Exports department, a position that he currently holds. Evans describes his time in Nestlé as an “exciting time, full of learning and growth”.
Another beneficiary is Damilola Adeyemi who just completed her management traineeship. She is currently the Category Development Executive for Nescafé in Nigeria. Damilola describes the 21-month training as an “exhilarating period with room for development and learning”. Nestlé also supports youth focused programs including Lagos State’s Ready, Set, Work (RSW), a skills acquisition initiative of the state’s Ministry of Education aimed at addressing skill gaps of graduates in order to address the graduate unemployment challenge in Lagos State.”
Speakers at the event included Demola Sule, Managing Director, Powerview Group; Oreva Ethel Ogubere, CEO of Auriela’s Basket; Nicole Simon Ogan, Hot FM Media Personality and Co-founder of Jist Couture and Bili Sule, VP, Partnerships and Innovation at Jumia. During the session, the speakers shared their real-life experiences and practical tips for navigating successful careers.
As Demola Sule, MD of Powerview Group said, “Only you can decide what to do with all the gifts you have. Identify what they are, and channel them accordingly”.