Nestlé part­ners with DepEd for youth de­vel­op­ment

The Philippine Star - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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