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Businesses must help young people escape unemployment, says Nestle chief


Fiona Kendrick, Nestle UK and Ireland CEO, has urged companies to help young people gain real work experience and “escape the trap” of unemployment.

In a study published today by Populus and commissioned by Nestle, nine out of ten businesses felt young people left school ill-equipped to start work. And 62% of business leaders said only work experience could give young people the skills they need to gain employment.

“Sadly young people are stuck in a catch-22 situation,” said Kendrick. “They can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job. Companies need to help young people escape from this trap.

“As employers we value young people with experience, so we have to provide young people with enough opportunities to gain it.”