Nestlé has promised to create 1,900 job opportunities for young people in the UK and Ireland over the next three years.
The work will include 1,600 full and part-time jobs, as well as 300 paid work experience placements. They will span all areas of the business.
The jobs pledge is part of a European-wide push by Nestlé to tackle youth unemployment. The Swiss food giant has committed itself to helping 20,000 people under 30 across Europe find employment by 2016.
“Sadly, young people in the UK and Ireland are stuck in a catch-22 situation. They can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job. Companies need to help young people escape this trap,” said Nestlé UK & Ireland CEO Fiona Kendrick.
“We cannot leave this problem to the government and schools. We need to work together to help young people - and to develop the next generation of skilled employees.”
Nestlé is also partnering with social enterprise group MyKindaCrowd to offer training to young people living close to Nestlé sites. It will hold employability skills workshops in 40 schools and colleges.
The launch of the youth employment initiatives comes after Nestlé opened its Fast Start Programme in September, which gives school leavers the opportunity to earn a salary while studying for a degree.
Students complete six month placements at Nestlé while studying towards a degree in professional business practice at Sheffield Hallam University.