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Global Youth Initiative; Nestlé Needs YOUth

Why Nestlé needs YOUth?

We believe that communities cannot thrive if they fail to offer a bright future for younger generations. That is why we are determined to help young people develop their skills so that they can find fulfilling jobs, or create their own businesses. This helps build thriving, resilient communities and support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Created in 2013, our Nestlé needs YOUth initiative helps equip young people with the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s workplaces. Expanded in 2017, Nestlé needs YOUth continues to help young people access the next step of their life. In the Caribbean the program exist in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados to upskill young people in the region to thrive in the world of work and entrepreneurship.



Our focus

Young people are the employees who will power companies.

They are the innovators and entrepreneurs who will find solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow.

They are the farmers who will grow the raw materials we need to feed the world.

  • Equipping youth to get a fulfilling job and career
    It is not always easy to get into a job or a career that fulfils a young person. Through training and workshops we their develop skills. With mentorship we unlock their self-belief, and through traineeships we create opportunities for them.
  • Giving the right support to kickstart and grow their business
    Young people can struggle to get access to the right people and resources to make their enterprise a success. Through mentoring sessions we help them innovate, grow their expertise and expand their network.
  • Providing the right skills to help young people feed the world
    Farming is not always profitable and sustainable enough to make a living. We need motivated and innovative young farmers to transform agriculture through the creation of new business models and diversification. We focus on upskilling young people and building their business knowledge.

Our impact

We want this initiative to have a long-lasting impact, so we measure the value of our Nestlé needs YOUth initiative to both Nestlé and society.

Find out more in these reports.


What are they saying?

I'm part of the Nestlé Needs YOUth Initiative and I am extremely grateful. As a recent graduate I get the unique opportunity to work for the world’s largest food and beverage company. In my short time with the company I have already worked on important projects that test my knowledge in the field of finance. So far, my greatest achievement was working with the Decision Support team to forecast the 2021 Income Statement for the ADC region. These stimulating projects motivate me to work with Nestlé for many more years!

Fergan Hernandez Decision Support Analyst, Trinidad and Tobago

I'm part of Nestlé Need Youth Initiative and my story is dynamic. I have had a few jobs before I joined Nestlé but deciding to join Nestlé was the best decision I made! At Nestlé I get the opportunity to learn new skills and encounter new challenges which shape and develop my character. Nestlé has made me more confident as an IT professional and as an individual. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Nestlé Needs Youth initiative.

Lorenzo Labban Field Service Analyst, Trinidad and Tobago

I’m a part of the Nestlé Needs Youth Initiative and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people. I work with colleagues that motivate and challenge me to refine my skills as a sales professional, which is really a testament to the culture of Nestlé. The company encourages young people to express their creativity, tackle challenging scenarios, make a difference and see tangible results. I am happy to be a part of the Nestlé family!

Tarik Cornaldie Sales Executive, Jamaica

I’m a part of the Nestlé Needs Youth Initiative and it has introduced me to a whole new world of nutrition. This insight into nutrition started when I earned a spot in the 2016 summer internship program, where I worked with nutritional team. From then, I feel in love with Nutritional Science and now I am a full time Medical Delegate with the team. Nestlé Needs Youth not only gave me my first job but uncovered a passion that I didn’t know existed. I am so proud to be a product of the Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative, which is a testament to Nestlé’s ongoing commitment to developing Jamaica’s young population.

Seymone Young Medical Delegate, Jamaica

I'm part of Nestlé Needs Youth Initiative and it is my first real world experience in the field that I'm passionate about. Thankfully, nutrition health and wellness is at the heart of each execution in the company, and this aligns perfectly with my professional interest. The atmosphere at Nestlé is engaging and encouraging and it pushes me to be better and to do better with each new day. At Nestlé, I feel like I'm part of a family.

Leshwan Salmon Nestlé Needs Youth Management, Trainee Jamaica

I'm part of Nestlé Need’s youth and my story is one of continuous growth and development. At Nestlé I see a world of possibilities as I can interact with all facets of the business both locally and internationally. Over the years, I have been mentored, coached and have developed capabilities that have made me ready for the world of work. Some of my achievements include executing projects such as the training repository for our operations team, the launch of our internal social platform, 2019 recipe calendar among other continuous improvement projects. I am proud to be a part of the NNY initiative because it truly emulates the company’s purpose and values of unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.

Tuwana Lendor Factory Coordinator, Trinidad and Tobago

I'm a part of Nestlé Needs Youth and my story is just beginning. Joining Nestle in 2019 was the catalyst that activated my capabilities. Within my first year, I gained a wealth of knowledge, overcame challenges and unearthed strengths I didn't even know I possessed. The Nestlé Needs Youth program has been an avenue for growth. It has established invaluable skills that help me advance my professional career. I'm proud to be a part of this initiative as Nestlé continues to go above and beyond to support youth in their professional and personal development.

Marissa Hayman Brand Activation Specialist, Jamaica

I'm a part of Nestlé Needs Youth and my heart is filled with gratitude. Working at Nestlé has been nothing short of exhilarating. I have developed my ability to critically analyse situations and innovate. I enjoy collaborating with my team as I am constantly motivated to be a resourceful change- maker, as we create solutions that add value to the company. I must express a warm thank you to Nestlé granting me the experience of a lifetime.

Noeba Patrice Agricultural Services Intern, Trinidad and Tobago