Nestlé partners with DepEd for youth development
Nestlé Philippineshas partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) for a new youth development initiative that supports both DepEd’s K-12 program and the Nestlé Needs Youth program.
Called Nesting Your Future at Nestlé, the initiative aims to help senior high school students prepare for tertiary education and the world of work by giving them a twoweek immersion in Nestlé operations, during which they are expected to learn about the company’s culture and values. The exposure is designed to give them valuable real-life work experience in a top-ranked company, expand their perspective of career possibilities, enable them to acquire knowledge on how to make themselves “ready for work,” understand their role in the community, and inspire them to aim higher and do better in the future.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones and Nestlé Philippines corporate HR director Mitzie Antonio signed the memorandum of agreement for the partnership, along with DepEd Assistant Secretary G. H. Ambat and Nestlé Needs Youth market lead Gracy Dandan.
“This is an initiative that we are truly proud of,” Antonio said. “It’s a testament that we are living our corporate values of respect for diversity and respect for the future, which supports our purpose to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.”
The initiative will kick off on its pilot run in November with 20 top students from Pitogo High School in Makati as the first batch of “Nesters.”
They will be immersed in the different departments in the Makati administrative office. At the end of the twoweek immersion, the Nesters will present their learnings and experiences to selected Nestlé employees, in the presence of their parents and teachers in a culminating activity.
“This initiative will allow us to contribute to the global objective of the Nestlé Needs Youth program, strengthen our organization’s diversity and inclusion and live up to our commitment of creating shared value to create impact on the youth, the community, and the society as a whole,” Dandan said.