Nestlé has been congratulated by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, today as one of the leading companies in opening their doors to young people from all walks of life.
The company is named as one of the signatories to the Business Compact, the Deputy Prime Minister’s flagship scheme to create fairer opportunities to getting the best jobs.
Paul Grimwood, Chairman & Chief Executive of Nestlé UK & Ireland said: “At Nestlé we believe that recruiting the best people for our business is the key to our continued success. To ensure we can do this in the future we must invest in initiatives which provide people with the opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of their circumstances. Through the Nestlé Academy we will contribute towards the delivery of the Social Mobility Business Compact, providing flexible entry points to attract people at different life stages and providing varied career development routes through our organisation.”
In November 2011 Nestle announced it would double the number of apprentices and graduates within the business while offering a range of internships to undergraduate students. NVQs and degree level qualifications will be open to school leavers, graduates and current employees, providing a different route to higher education for those who may not otherwise feel that the opportunity for academic studies is open to them.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “This is an important step towards a society where it’s what you know, not who you know, that counts. Working with the Coalition, the biggest hitters in Britain’s business world are helping lead the way to a fairer, more open society.
“By opening their doors to young people from all walks of life, this marks the start of a culture shift at the heart of British business, driven by the belief that ability and drive should trump connections and privilege.
I’d like to thank Nestlé for signing up to the Business Compact. Today’s success makes me even more ambitious. This great news is just the beginning – I will be doing everything I can to bring even more businesses on board.”
More than one hundred of Britain’s biggest companies and top professional groups have signed the Business Compact, committing them to making entry into their professions fairer.
The Business Compact forms a key part of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Social Mobility Strategy, launched in April 2011, which sets out the Government’s determination to ensure every individual is free to achieve, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Businesses which sign up to it agree to:
- support communities and schools to raise aspirations through, for example, reading and mentoring schemes or encouraging their staff go out to schools and inspire pupils about their careers.
- open opportunities to all young people by advertising their work experience places through schools, online and in other public forums, rather than just giving places to their mates.
- make access to internships open and transparent, paying interns the National Minimum Wage where they are legally entitled to it and providing financial support to ensure fair access, such as providing expenses and/or accommodation to those from less advantaged backgrounds to ensure they are not prevented from accessing opportunities by their financial circumstances
- recruit fairly and without discrimination, ensuring that their recruitment processes don’t allow candidates to be inadvertently screened out because they went to the wrong school or come from a different ethnic group (including through using name-blank and school-blank applications where appropriate).
Nestlé will attend a reception tonight held by The Deputy Prime Minister who will thank all of the businesses who have signed up to the Business Compact.
Notes to editors;1. For media enquiries about Nestlé and our pledge to help make access to future careers fairer, please contact the press office on 0208 667 6005
2. For further detail about the Deputy Prime Minister’s work on the Business Compact, please visit: www.dpm.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/businesscompact