Nestlé Professional urges industry to “take one” with launch of student work placement initiative

21/12/2012 - 12:37
Nestlé Professional has added its voice to the “Big Conversation” debate around the value of young people to the hospitality industry with the launch of a new work placement initiative.

Its objective is to encourage employers within the industry to benefit from the pool of young talent that is involved each year with the Nestlé Toque d’Or competition.

The Nestlé Toque d’Or “Take One” initiative – launched to mark the 25th anniversary of one of the country’s most established student catering competitions – is designed to encourage entry into the workplace for the students who enter the 2013 challenge.

The initiative is open to all students who enter this year’s competition, regardless of whether they reach the finals. As an added incentive, the eight teams that reach the finals will be offered a week-long paid placement with contract caterer CH&Co.

Neil Stephens, managing director of Nestlé Professional, said: “We know that the industry already recognises Nestlé Toque d’Or as a mark of the very highest standards. Our ambition through Nestlé Toque d’Or “Take One” is to create an opportunity for the industry to benefit from the very best of the country’s catering colleges and, in doing so, give the next generation a helping hand as they look to begin their careers.

“It really couldn’t be easier to get involved – we’re asking you to make a pledge to “take one” of our students and create an opportunity for them to experience first-hand the very best our industry has to offer.

“Together, we can help shape the careers and employability of the next generation and help them break into an industry that despite the economic downturn, is still creating jobs and opportunities.”

Nestlé Professional is actively seeking employers from across the industry to offer one or more placements to students. Placements can be made available in any UK region and should be for a minimum of two weeks.

To find out more or to make your pledge, send an email with the subject “Nestlé Toque d’Or Take One” to: Toque.D'Or@uk.nestle.com

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